Five Question Friday (wait till you hear her dream show!)

This amazing lady worked with me on Variety’s Wizard of OZ this year- let’s hear from wig and makeup artist Krystal!



Q: What was your first experience in theatre?

I was in middle school and was told by the drama director to “read this, but with emotion.” Next thing I know I was cast as Emma in Over the River and Through the Woods. I was a very convincing grandma as a 7th grader. But my first experience in the theatrical side of theatre wasn’t until my sophomore year in high school. My directors told me about a Theatrical Design competition and had me do the hair and makeup category, the rest is history.

Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?

It is never too early or late to seize opportunities.

Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.

I ran Hairspray at a local high school as the wig technician and we had to be behind a rolling set piece for Welcome to the 60’s, wig changes on top of costume changes, during the first dress I remember one of the wardrobe kids froze and Tracy didn’t have her dress fully zipped up in the back but her presence made up for it!

Q: What is your dream role/show?

Cats: The Musical… I LOVE IT. That is my one and only dream show to run as a Wig Technician.

Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?

Keeping Up with the Kardashians!

Thank you Krystal- I will admit to a secret love of Cats myself!!



Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.

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