Exclusive: Backstage With Shrek

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

A Broadway musical and popular DreamWorks story has hit Omaha this week. WOWT got an exclusive look inside the make-up process for the lead character: Shrek.

It all starts more than two hours before show time. Perry Sook is being prepped, as Shrek.

“The goal and the concept behind the make-up is that it is a film quality make-up. It is something you'd put on a big screen. Which is kind of cool since Shrek is from the big screen and now on the big stage,” said make-up artist Michael Ferguson.

“It’s like somebody is rubbing rubber cement on your face and then sticking a big old slab on your face,” said Sook.

After more than 20 shows, you'd think Sook the make-up would feel natural; think again.

“Natural is not a word I would use to describe this make-up. It's definitely a different experience, the only thing, as you'll see, the only thing of my face that's showing are my eyes and mouth,” said Sook.

Sook is certainly getting used to it and admits it's part of his character.

On Wednesday night, Kathy Luby and her family got a chance to watch the make-up process. They won a backstage tour and tickets to the show in WOWT's Facebook contest.

“We're huge Broadway fans and we had no idea how things like this go on or anything,” said Luby.

She says watching the show will give her new appreciation for what actors do behind the scenes.

Sook says although the show runs several nights a week, it never gets old.

“That's part of the magic of doing theatre, is that it's brand new every time,” said Ferguson.

And with each city brings a chance to make it even more unique.

“So sometimes little things get snuck into the show,” said Ferguson.

Omaha area residents can still catch Shrek's performance at the Orpheum Theatre. The show runs Thursday through Sunday night, with a daytime showing on Saturday and Sunday. Click on the link below for ticket information.

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