School of Stage and Screen to present iconic rock musical ‘Hair’

Members of the Tribe, including Berger (played by Kyle Southern, left) and Sheila (played by Mary Gipe), struggle to come to terms with the issues of the turbulent 1960s in the classic rock musical “Hair,” being staged Wednesday, April 5, through Sunday, April 9, at WCU.

Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen will present “Hair,” the beloved and controversial 1960s show that defined the rock musical, beginning Wednesday, April 5, and continuing through Sunday, April 9.

Performances at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 5 through Friday, April 7. The show on Saturday, April 8, will begin at 8 p.m., and the final performance is set for 3 p.m. April 9.

“Hair” tells the story of the Tribe, a group of long-haired and politically active hippies in the Age of Aquarius who are living a bohemian lifestyle in New York City. A member of that group, Claude, faces the tough decision of whether to resist the draft as his friends have done or to give in to social and familial pressures to serve in Vietnam. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and all their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their opposition to the war and a society with which they stand at odds.

The cast of WCU student actors, all musical theatre majors, includes Logan Marks, a senior from Boston, as Claude; Kyle Southern, a junior from Burlington, as Berger; Mary Gipe, a junior from Cresskill, New Jersey, as Sheila; Tayler Harris, a junior from Portland, Oregon, as Dionne; Corey Barrow, a freshman from Greensboro, as Hud; Caleb Warren, a sophomore from Sherrills Ford, as Woof; Alexandra Catlin, a senior from Canton, Georgia, as Chrissy; Morgan Miller, a sophomore from Charlotte, as Jeanie; and Libby Rounds, a senior from Raleigh, as Margaret Mead.

The “Hair” book and lyrics are by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, with music by Galt McDermot. The WCU production is directed by Terrence Mann, WCU’s Phillips Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre, with musical direction by Katya Stanislavskaya, director of the Musical Theatre Program, and choreography by Ashlee Wasmund, coordinator of the Dance Program.

The production contains strong language and adult themes.

Tickets are $16 for WCU faculty and staff, and seniors; $22 for adults; and $10 for students on the day of the show and $7 in advance. Tickets are available online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu and by calling the box office at 828-227-2479.