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Stage Makeup, 10th Edition by Beverly Gore Norcross, James Glavan, Richard Corson

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CHAPTER 5 Relating the Makeup to the Character

 

One of the basic purposes of most makeup is to assist the actor in the development of a character by making suitable changes (when necessary) in the actor’s physical appearance. It seems reasonable, therefore, that our study of makeup should begin with an examination of the principles of character analysis.

Character Analysis

The first step in arriving at a suitable image for the character is to study the play. Directly through the stage directions, and indirectly through the dialogue, you come to know the character. You become acquainted not only with the character’s physical appearance but also with his or her background, environment, personality, age, and relationships with other characters ...

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