Hickory – Coming on the heels of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the Hickory Community Theatre’s mainstage season opener, the tribal rock musical Hair, opens next week on Friday, September 6 and continues through Sunday, September 22. Tickets are now on sale for all performances. Purchase online at hickorytheatre.org or call 828-328-2283.
When it first debuted on Broadway in 1968, Hair was a groundbreaking theatre experience and the first to feature a score made up entirely of modern rock music. Hair was originally produced as a protest to contemporary issues facing the country and contains themes of race, sexual freedom, environmentalism, religion, and freedom of speech. All of these are prevalent in this show and remain prevalent today.
The musical brings to life the story of a New York tribe of hippies in the “Age of Aquarius”, bohemians living, loving, and protesting social injustice and repression. Claude, Berger, Sheila, and their friends struggle to find their place in the world amid the sexual revolution, rejecting their parent’s conservative values. Hair contains strong language, adult situations and very brief nudity so it is recommended for mature audiences only.
Performances of Hair are Fridays and Saturdays (Sep 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21) at 8:00pm, Thursdays (Sep 12 & 19) at 7:30pm and Sundays (Sep 15 & 22) at 2:30pm. Tickets for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students and youth 18 & under. Thursday night tickets are $16 for all adults and $10 for students and youth 18 & under.
The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County and this production is supported by an Arts Council grant through the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the State of North Carolina from the National Endowment for the Arts. The 2019-2020 Season is sponsored by A Cleaner World, Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress.
PHOTO: The “Tribe” of Hair includes (front L-R: Ella May, Sierra Doyle-Rios and Miriam McKee; back: Eternity Mitchell, Kaylee Taraska, Mason Burr, Kayla Harper, Hunter Hogg, Sheena Forbes, Donald Lewis Mills, Jr., Sal Loza and Tatum Terry; in the car Dior Scott and Toré Ledford). Photo by John Koval.