29.07.2011

Phantom of the Opera musical utilises contact lenses

Phantom of the Opera musical utilises contact lenses

By Emily Tait

A new production of the Phantom of the Opera is utilising contact lenses to make the characters as convincing as possible.

Media Update noted that a new production of the classic musical will be staged at Artscape in Cape Town on November 22nd and at Teatro at Montecasino from January 31st next year.

The source noted: "Once the wigs are in place each night, two radio mics and two contact lenses (one white and one clouded) are placed."

Maria Bjornson, the production designer for the play, said he designed the masks so that they would look convincing when worn by the characters, as this had been a problem for some other characters.

"Clearly, one of the biggest problems was the unmasking of the Phantom. We had to devise a way that would make the unmasking effective from any point in a big musical theatre," he added.

Last year, Jackie Earle Haley revealed how he used coloured contact lenses to transform into Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

by Emily Tait


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