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Costume Craftwork on a Budget by Tan Huaixiang

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Chapter 4 Beards

MAKING A GOATEE

In the University of Central Florida production of Pippin, Mark Brotherton played double roles: King Charles and Grandma Bertha. The beard made a distinctive difference between these two roles. When the actor wore the beard, he portrayed a powerful king (Figure 4-1); beardless, he was a beautiful and kind grandmother.

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Figure 4-1 Costume design for Pippin.

PROCEDURE FOR MAKING A GOATEE

Materials Required:

  Fine flesh-toned ventilating lace

  Ventilating needle

  Beard block

  Poly stuffing or cotton balls

  Narrow twill tape

  T-pins

  Scotch tape

  Plastic wrap

  Hair (human or synthetic; naturally curly ...

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