Buoso’s photo shoot

Brooks Firestone’s “Opera Star!” adventure continues:

Monica Yunus, Jason Slayden and Brooks Firestone

Monica Yunus, Jason Slayden make sure Brooks Firestone is really dead

Heather Sterling turns Brooks Firestone into Buoso Donati, the dead man lying in Opera Santa Barbara’s “Gianni Schicchi” publicity photo shoot.

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Makeup artist Heather Sterling begins Brooks’s transformation to a corpse.

While Brooks, Monica Yunus (Lauretta) and Jason Slayden (Rinuccio) were being transformed thru the magic of makeup, my first task was to create a death bead “set” at the Music Academy of the West, with the help of OSB Production Manager Rory Collins. (click on images to see ’em big)

After the lights were set and Stage Director Fenlon Lamb, Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas, Publicist Tim Dougherty and I discussed poses, I noticed Brooks looked a little too rosy for a corpse and Heather and assistant Marisol Miller Wave went  to work making him look a bit more dead. (click on images to see ’em big)

“Gianni Schicchi” is a comedy, so we all got into the spirit and the 2 professional singers had to work hard to keep from laughing, but the “amateur” Brooks kept a very professional poker face through much of the hilarity. (click on images to see ’em big)