‘Hair’ sheds sunshine on 1960s era
By Shauna Stocken
Wearing flared jeans and a fringe vest; LCC Director John Lennox opened the production, “Hair” in Dart Auditorium, Nov. 2-3 and 9-11.
The ‘60s-themed, free-loving hippy cast and war-fueled musical ran for approximately two and a half hours and encompassed about 50 songs.
“I indeed did think it was a challenge,” said Cole Seigo, tribe member and first-semester student at LCC, about the number of songs in the musical.
“A lot of the songs have a lot of harmonies … and for everybody to have a part in there, it’s a little difficult, especially in the early stages of rehearsal.”
According to fellow tribe member Sheila, played by freshmen LCC student Keeley Robinson, the amount of music in the production allowed everyone on stage the opportunity to shine.
“It’s really great to have that encompassing feeling in a production,” Robinson said. “I just realized lately, ‘Like wow, everybody sings so much, and I can’t believe we’ve all memorized these songs,’ it turned out great.”
Throughout ‘Hair’ the tribe and audience members follow the psychedelic trip of one character, Claude, who fights for the right to be free, and is ultimately deported into the Vietnam War.
“It’s really important especially because of the message,” said Ny’Kieria Blocker, who played tribe member Ronny. “Peace and love; it’s really important right now. We’re starting to lose sight of it and go back to old ways … I hope the production will help people (the audiences) open their eyes.”
During the musical, the tribe members danced their way through the audience; handing out flowers and including guests on the journey.
“It’s always nice to have interactions with the cast,” said Norman Scheel, a guest of the production with his mother and friends.
Scheel said he is a fan of musicals and ‘Hair’ in general, hence his hippy style of attire for the event.
“You can see that the people are really into their roles and they’re really digging it,” Scheel said. “It’s very, very good. I just love it.”
‘Hair’ is the first production in Dart Auditorium this school year. The next will be LCC’s Jazz Band, Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. for guests of all ages at no cost.