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