Owl Eyes is given backstage access to rehearsals of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.
With only days until show time, it’s all go for the cast and production team as they put together the finishing touches. The Tribe, aka the cast, rehearse the emotional and powerful end number 'Let the Sunshine' and even from seeing just a small part of their rehearsal time, you can see how passionate the cast and production team are for the show. Directed by Adelaide Waldrop, with Brendan MacDonald as Musical Director, the Just So Society’s production of the infamous 70’s musical is set to be one bursting with fantastic musical numbers and all the right amount of sex, drugs and rock & roll.
How does this production hope to make its mark on the musical? With a set stripped back and rugs scattered across the floor, an attempt to create the hippy and raw feel of this piece is at the forefront of the production teams ideas. As with every show, there has to be a balance between sticking so much to the original concept and bringing an essence of what is your own. Director Adelaide notes that "the musical 'Hair' comes with its own concept: it's about idealism, and changing the world through the way people think”. Chatting to Ayanna Coleman, who plays Sheila, she regards on the importance Adelaide placed on each individual finding what it is that makes their character tick and how this impacts the group as a whole. “As a group we are the Tribe, but if you do not have a strong sense of who your character is, you will get lost in the group”, remarks Ayanna. Speaking to other cast members, a similar theme of characterisation came across and this is what I think will stand out in this production. Although the Tribe are often together for numbers, you could pick out any one of Hair’s cast members and they know exactly what their character is thinking at any given moment. This, for me, is what makes a production so strong – to see every single element working towards creating a fantastic show.
So, I hear you say, where and when is it? How can we get tickets!? This production is showing at the Byre Theatre on Nov 1st and 2nd (two evening performances, a matinee on the 2nd) and tickets can be bought online from the Byre website or at the Byre box office. Hair is a musical full of passion and fun, the sexy rock & roll of the 70’s and a message of empowerment which is something we all forget in this world. And this production gives it all, in full force.
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