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Students make up urchins and aristocrats

By UCOL on Friday, 19 August 2016

Oliver production at Wanganui Collegiate

UCOL Hairdressing and Beauty students are excited to be supporting the performers of Wanganui Collegiate School’s production Oliver this weekend.

Whanganui UCOL Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Lecturers Justine Nixon-Gaisford and Tania Mitchell were involved in supporting last year’s performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, and knew that it was something they wanted to offer again in 2016.

Justine says that supporting these productions is about more than just building relationships with our stakeholders.

“It’s an opportunity for our students to be creative with their skills and do things that they wouldn’t do on a day to day basis.”

Around twenty students from the Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support), Certificate in Beauty Services and Diploma in Beauty Therapy will volunteer their time to get the high school students stage ready.

“The boost in confidence that our students get each time they work on real-world clients is tangible,” says Justine. “It’s this confidence and communication skills that future employers are looking for, so every little bit helps to get our students into industry.”

Students will be supported by Justine and Tania alongside fellow lecturers Nayna Lett-Cudby and Deborah Stanners from the Whanganui UCOL Beauty Therapy team.
Wanganui Collegiate School’s Head of Learning Arts and Drama Teacher Jennifer Gregg says that UCOL will be providing character hair design and make-up.

“We have students from years 9 through to 13 who will be performing. UCOL students and staff are working with the urchins, aristocracy and aged roles.”

“Last year, the students were professional, focused and very easy to work with. I am looking forward to working with them again this year.”

The budding make-up artists and hairdressers will be involved in the dress rehearsal, matinee and all three evening performances. The students are able to use the work in the production as evidence towards their qualifications.

Oliver is showing on the 18th, 19th and 20th of August at 7pm in the Prince Edward Auditorium at Wanganui Collegiate School. Tickets are available from Wanganui Collegiate School’s Office.

(Image courtesy of Wanganui Collegiate)