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HCC cosmetology students transform cast members in 'The Darkening'

FREEPORT�Highland Community College cosmetology students Ali Ingram of Byron, Christine Wheetley of Mount Carroll and Larissa Peterson of Dixon will soon view their work on the big screen. As hair and make-up assistants for "The Darkening," a horror/suspense movie filmed on-location in Freeport and Rockford in June 2011, the stylists learned the hectic schedule and demands of the entertainment industry.

Ali Ingram

Ingram says the experience was informational and very entertaining. Participating in the production of a film helped her envision all the possibilities in the field and what it would be like to "go big" with her future in cosmetology. funny easter pictures

While the students mostly focused on techniques learned in class, Wheetley said she dabbled in special-effect techniques gleaned from another professional on site, even filling in when needed.

"The special effects were really neat," said Wheetley of the actors' transformations. "We did things like apply make-up to pull the color from their faces."

Christine Wheetley

Cosmetology Program Coordinator Cathie Schmerse said the students were quickly educated and ultimately rewarded. Schmerse was pleased her students could gain valuable real-world experience using the skills they had acquired in the classroom and on-campus salon. funny pictures

"I am very proud of these ladies for taking on this task and doing a great job," said Schmerse. "I, along with the students, am looking forward to seeing the film."

Larissa Peterson

The Lindo Theater will present a 9 p.m. public screening of "The Darkening" on Sunday, March 11. The cast members will also be on-site from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to greet moviegoers. While this film is not rated, parental guidance is suggested. funny images

For a synopsis of the movie, visit the official website or their Facebook page.

Anyone interested in Highland's cosmetology program or services may visit their home page.

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