hair-logoOctober/November 2011

Performances:
October 28, 29; November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19

Book and Lyrics by James Rado, Gerome Ragni
Music by Galt MacDermot
Directed by Craig Allen Mummey
Music Direction by A. Scott Zimmer
Choreography by Vanessa Terzaghi, Craig Allen Mummey
Produced by Kevin Garrett

 

 

 


Synopsis

HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement. The musical’s profanity, its depiction of the use of illegal drugs, its treatment of sexuality, its irreverence for the American flag, and its nude scene caused much comment and controversy. The musical broke new ground in musical theater by defining the genre of “rock musical,” using a racially integrated cast, and inviting the audience onstage for a “Be-In” finale.

HAIR tells the story of the “tribe,” a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to the pressures of his parents (and conservative America) to serve in Vietnam, compromising his pacifistic principles and risking his life.


Cast

Lyndsey Andray (Crissy) is so pleased to be making her KAT debut! Her recent credits include The Boyfriend andSPRING AWAKENING. She would like to thank her wonderful family and friends for their support and love, as well as her splendiferous Minosa tribe. So much love to you all!
Darnel C. Brandon (Tribe) Previous credits include The Arlington Players: Cabaret (Ensemble, Victor); The Washington Savoyards:Treemonisha (Ensemble, Foreman); Recordings: Released by Iyona Blake (Background Vocalist)
Catherine Callahan (Tribe) is so happy to be making her KAT debut in HAIR! She recently performed in MCP's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! She would like to thank the tribe for overcoming so many obstacles and being so wonderful. Special thanks to MJ and Amanda. Here's to peace love and happiness. Make love not war. Draft beer not people. Let the Sun Shine.
Aisha Casey (Tribe) From a little town called New York City, straight off the karaoke circuit, Aisha makes her theatre debut as a TRIBE member in KAT's production of Hair. A legal professional by day, Aisha has always had a passion for singing and finally answered the call of the stage. Aisha would like to give a special thanks to Craig Mummey for seeing the potential within, and to her family and friends, especially her daughter, for their love and support and for putting up with endless renditions of any and every song in car rides up and down the east coast.
Ebenezer Concepcion (Woof) was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and raised in North Jersey. He was last seen in KAT's production of Jekyll & Hyde (Spider). He is SUPER excited about being inducted to Hippiedom along with such a talented Tribe. With religion, sexual revolution, and politics all in one, this role could not be more fitting. Thank you KAT!
Steve Custer (Margaret Mead / Tribe) is making his KAT debut in HAIR and is grateful/excited to be doing so. Recently Steve was seen as Hanschen in Spring Awakening. Various LTC productions include Gleeam (Sensitive Jock), Captain Freedom (DJ), and Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog (Dr. Horrible u/s, Swing). Steve's other work includes modeling for Paul Mitchell Hair and performing stunt work in Transformers 3: Dark of The Moon. He will be seen next year as an extra in The Dark Knight Rises. Steve sends love & thanks to his friends, family, cast & crew. Go Big or Go Home!
Meesha Fields (Dionne) is thrilled to be making her KAT debut in HAIR. She developed her soulful sound from a very young age and continued through college while singing with the Black Voices Gospel Choir at the University of Virginia. She also lends her voice in praise and worship at New Covenant Community Fellowship. She would like to express love and thanks to her loving mom, dad, brothers, extended family, supportive friends, and of course the marvelous Minosa Tribe.
Kim Frias (Tribe) is psyched to be in HAIR! Recent credits: Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), Godspell (Sonia), SDT's Crazy For You, RMT's The Pajama Game (Rita), DTC's The 25th Annual...Bee (Marcy Park), WOB's South Pacific (Liat), plus numerous shows at alma mater UMD. Along with theater, she enjoys musical directing, recording, & competing with a cappella group, PandemoniUM. Kim thanks God, family, friends & her patients for their priceless support, merits Craig, Zimmer, Kevin & Minosa for making this trip most groovalicious & dedicates this production to her Tita Neng for encouraging her crazy ways. PEACE. John 16:13
Brena Holman (Tribe) has been performing in the DC/MD area for the last three years and loving every moment. She always says she's taking a break but that never lasts long. This is Brena's first appearance with KAT, and she couldn't be happier. After being easily coerced into auditioning for HAIR by her friend and fellow tribe member NAYNAY she has gotten into the hippie groove and is ready to let the sunshine in! Who needs a break from theater anyway? She hopes you enjoy the show and that it's as memorable for you as it has been for her.
Melanie Kurstin (Tribe) is thrilled to be making her debut with KAT in Hair! Some previous credits include ADVENTURE THEATER: Harry Connick Jr.'s The Happy Elf (Angry Lady); CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL: The A Capella Party (Natalie); WST: Parade (Aide/Ensemble); MC: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), Living Out (Nancy), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Metamorphoses (Alcyone), and many more! She recently finished Signature Theatre's 2011 Overtures program this summer and hopes to continue a career performing theater all over! Thanks to the cast and crew for making this a show she will never forget!
Philip McLeod (Claude) KAT: Chicago (ensemble), Jekyll and Hyde (Utterson); LTC: GLEEAM (ensemble); Steven A. Bomango Theatre Scholarship Fund: Spring Awakening (Melchior); SSS: Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio); College of Wooster: A Flea in Her Ear (Chandebise/Poche), Cabaret (Emcee), Frozen (Asst. Director); Ohio Light Opera:Oklahoma! (ensemble), The Desert Song (Hassi), Fiddler on the Roof (Nachum/bottle dancer), La Belle Helene (Ajax B).
Claire O'Brien (Sheila) is so excited to be making her KAT debut in Hair. She was last seen tapping in 42nd Street(TAP) and performing verious flips and tricks as Janet Van de Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone (MCP). Other favorite roles include one of the Two Ladies in Cabaret (TAP), Usherette and Little Old Lady 2 in The Producers (TAP), Hermia in Midsummer, Sonia in Godspell, and Poppy in Noises Off. Beads, flowers, freedom and happiness to the Tribe. Love and thanks to Craig, Andrew and whole team at KAT for this amazing opportunity and a dream role. Born on February 14th, Claire is an Aquarius.
Michael J. Perez (Berger) LANDLESS: Gleeam (Wheelchair Kid). SIGNATURE: Overtures 2010, 2011. RIVERSIDE:Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour); Smokey Joe's Cafe (White Guy); Scrooge: the Musical (Young Ebenezer).
Christopher B. Prince (Tribe) is ecstatic to be making his "HAIR-raising" debut on the stages of KAT. He was last seen by audiences in Ain't Misbehavin' (Ken) at the Elden Street Players this past summer. He was a 2010 WATCH Award nominee for performing the role of Tom Collins in RENT at the Elden Street Players, and performed in Theatre J's 5 x 5: 5 minute play festival. He has studied acting at Shenandoah Conservatory and the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.
Renee Rabben (Jeanie) is Wiggin' Out to BE-IN HAIR at KAT. Some favorite roles include Rusty in Footloose (LTA), Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, & Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (SMP). Shout outs to Craig, Kevin, Vanessa & Zimmer for bustin their butts on this show. Thanks Zimmer, for keeping me company & cooking me dinner. Vanessa, for being Vanessa. Her powers of persuasion pulled some of her righteous friends into the tribe. Brena & Kim, I heart U! Thanks to Mel, Amanda, Benny, Phil, David, & Steve-O for giving me a social life! This tribe is groovy man! Now, Jeanie needs to consult with her MYSTICAL THIRD EYE!
Terry Spann (Hud) is making his KAT debut with this fantastic cast and crew! He has performed in many shows throughout the area. ESP: RENT (Benny), Sweet Charity (Daddy), and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown(Schroeder); SMP: Parade (Jim Conley), The Wiz (Lion); TCP: A Raisin In The Sun (Walter); LTC: Bat Boy (Sheriff); AC: Hansel and Gretel Eat Crabs (Pops); NT: Jocasta (Gabou); HBP: Miss Evers' Boys (Willie, WATCH Award); VC:Julius Caesar (Cassius); MCP: How to Succeed... (Mr. Bratt); SCT: Godspell (John/Judas). He is absolutely thrilled to now be "President of the United States of Love!" Peace and Love!
Amanda Spellman (Tribe) KAT debut! Last seen at LSDT as Joanna in Big River. Past roles also include Emily inMr. Marmalade, Cora in Anyone Can Whistle, Luella in The Diviners and Rebel in columbinus. BA Theatre and Dance from James Madison University.
David Benji Weiner (Tribe) is studying Music Education at MC. He has been seen in Harry Connick Jr.'s The Happy Elf (Reindeer Elf),The Rocky Horror Show, Crazy For You (Sam), Brigadoon, She Loves Me (Georg Nowack) and other MC shows. He was also seen in KAT 2nd Stage's Pippin (Louis). He would like to thank the cast and crew of HAIR for being so awesome and his parents for all their love and support. He would also like to thank Ms. Bradley for pushing him to be the performer he is today.
ABBREVIATIONSAT - Adventure Theatre, ATMTC - Adventure Theatre Musical Theatre Center, BP - British Players, CC - Creative Cauldron, ESP - Elden Street Players, FMT - Foothill Music Theater, HBP - Hard Bargain Players, IS - Imagination Stage, LTC - Landless Theatre Company, QVT - Quest Visual Theatre, RCP - Reston Community Players, RMT - Rockville Musical Theatre, SBMT - South Bay Music Theatre, SP - Sunnyvale Players, TFT - Taking Flight Theatre, VTC - Vienna Theatre Company, WS - Washington Savoyards, WT - Workhouse Theatre

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