Support love with musical, ‘Hair’
By Shauna Stocken
Last June, LCC Theater Facility Program Chair Dr. John Lennox cast the “tribe” for the upcoming musical, “Hair,” which is opening in the Dart Auditorium in early November.
The production will run Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 2, 3, 9 and 10, at 8 p.m., as well as on Sundays, Nov. 4 and 11, at 2 p.m.
Ticket cost range from $5 for students to $10-15 for seniors and general admission.
“”Hair” has been an icon since ‘67 when it came out, and it was because it was so different back then and it crossed such boundaries,” Lennox said.
“It did a nude scene for the first time ever on stage, so it was a whole lot of controversy back then that made it so popular.”
While many of the classic songs and general concepts will stay the same, Lennox explained that the musical differs significantly from what fans of the movie may expect.
“People will know ‘Hair’ so they’ll want to go to it,” Lennox said. … “I think the younger crowd will come for the rebellion, for the power to the people kind of thing. I think it’s going to attract both crowds and, hopefully, they’ll get along.”
According to Lennox, the cast members, known as the tribe, have rehearsed the musical in what is shaping up to be a two-hour production.
The tribe contains 20 members. They range from future LCC students currently in high school and LCC theater and music students, to LCC alumni.
“Definitely he (Berger) is someone I identify with,” said LCC theater alum Boris Nikolovski on his character. This will be Nikolovski’s first lead role in Dart Auditorium.
“He likes to be free, and he likes to do what he wants to do,” Nikolovski said. “He doesn’t care what other people think and just has love for everybody and just wants to be loved, I think.”
According to Nikolovski, the musical is “insanely reminiscent” when it comes to society’s feelings toward politics, police and war.
“Obviously, not the same thing; they were fighting for civil rights, not to be drafted into a war and we do not have that. Trans people are fighting for civil rights, so it feels distinctively similar.
“It’s a story about a bunch of human beings that just want to love each other and are trying to show that to other people … so the audience ends up becoming the tribe.”
Throughout the musical’s journey for peace and love, Nikolovski shared that the play also centers on the character Claude, and his willingness or unwillingness to join the Vietnam War.
“There’s no nudity. I was originally upset that we weren’t going to be naked, but the show isn’t even about being naked,” Nikolovski said. “It’s about being naked in your soul rather than just being naked.”
Nikolovski said he believes that despite the removed nudity scene from the original script, the tribe has “broken down enough walls to really connect with the audience and anyone who actually walks into the room during the show.”
The show is appropriate for teens on up, according to Lennox, due to swearing and the mention of sexual intercourse.