Each week leading up to Variety Theatre 2019, we’ll be marking “Tech Tuesday” with a special spotlight on this year’s Variety Theatre Interns. These interns will partner with a theatre professional to work behind the scenes, bringing the magic of Mary Poppins to the stage.
Variety Theatre’s wig & hair interns work directly with Wig/Hair Designer and Supervisor Kelley Jordan and her team to ensure that literally every hair is in place for showtime. In this position, the interns learn about creating hair and wig looks that work well with each character and the story as a whole.
This year’s wig & hair interns are Adair and Ava. They are looking forward to learning new skills while working with professional designers.
Variety Teen Adair has been a part of Variety Theatre for many years, previously appearing on stage as part of the inclusive Children’s Ensemble before moving backstage to work as an intern last year. This is her second year as a wig & hair intern, and she is excited to get back to the fun and excitement of working with the actors behind-the-scenes.
“I have fun helping put the wigs on and being goofy with everyone in the wig and makeup room,” says Adair. “Kelley Jordan is also really nice.”
Adair’s favorite thing about being a part of Variety Theatre, however, goes beyond what she has learned and experienced.
“Variety Theatre has been one of my favorite things for years because of the people who do it,” says Adair. “My Variety friends are the best things that I get to have both inside and outside of the shows.”
This will be Ava’s first experience as part of the Variety Theatre family, but she is familiar with Variety and our programs. Three of her siblings are Variety Kids – two of them, Ruby and Leah, are in the show this year. She is looking forward to being a part of this with them!
Being a wig & hair intern will also help Ava learn new skills, and gain experience for her career.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity to participate in a Broadway show and learn a new skill,” says Ava. “Variety Theatre will give me a new perspective on working behind-the-scenes, and help me further my career in cosmetology.”
Adair and Ava will work with the wig/hair team to put together unforgettable looks for Mary Poppins. You can see this production, and all of their hard work, at the Touhill Performing Arts Center this October 18 – 27. Tickets are available here.