Holland Keene
Room for an audience?
Tue Mar 14, 2017 15:50

The play was fast-approaching. Holland’s role was to handle all of the appearance-related bits of tech: costuming, hair, and makeup. At this stage, most of the costuming was finished, barring some ensemble dresses which needed hemming. The sixteen-year-old was more of a tailor than a seamstress; they rarely sewed their own clothes, but they had plenty of practice making alterations. As evidenced by today’s outfit—a grey sweater with a white lace collar, maroon floral shorts over sheer tights polka-dotted with tiny silver spots, and grey flats—Holland had a somewhat eclectic fashion sense, underlined by their tendency to mix clothing from either side of the gender aisle.

Magic gave Holland the ability to change fabric colors and alter items to a larger size, so thrifting (for their own outfits or for musical costumes) was just a matter of finding something close to what they wanted. Charms and transfiguration could usually make up the difference. Sewing with magic also made Holland feel like one of the fairies in the dressmaking sequence from Sleeping Beauty, which was an added bonus.

With the costuming mostly set, Holland had turned their attention to the makeup. Footloose was set in the 80s, which meant bright lipstick and colorful eyeshadow for the girls in the play. Most of the older girls, and guys who performed frequently, did their own makeup, but there were always a few who needed Holland’s help. Everyone was technically responsible for bringing their own supplies, but Holland had a few palettes of stage makeup they shared with those who couldn’t—usually first- and second-years without Pearl Street access, or guys who wanted to do the show but refused to buy makeup. Holland religiously used scourgify on their brushes to meet their high standards of sanitation.

What they really needed to work on before opening night was Marissa’s black eye in Act Two. Holland had planned to use their post-dinner pre-Astronomy break to practice the injury makeup on their own face, but their plans were derailed by the realization that they’d left the supplies they needed in the green room. The fifth-year retrieved their stage makeup kit (a deceptively small black case patterned with grey fleur de lis) from backstage, and was about to leave when they heard music. Checking that they still had plenty of time before class, Holland decided to investigate the source.

Or startle the source, apparently. “Hey, Claudia. Didn’t mean to scare you, sorry,” Holland said with an apologetic grin. They’d met Danny’s sister a few times over the year and a half she’d been at RMI. She was a shy, slightly anxious girl, based on their interactions and things Danny had said. “Your music sounded lovely. Have you been playing for very long?”

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          • I suppose you are welcome - Claudia, Sat Mar 18 16:21
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            • Don’t mind if I do - Holland, Fri Mar 24 11:37
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                • I’m glad to hear it - Holland, Mon Apr 3 19:57
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