“Hair” brings hippies, peace and love to Ball State stage

Topic: College of Fine Arts

September 14, 2009

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(From left to right) "Hair" cast members John Detty, Ben Clark, Scott Goodman, and Ben Summers pose behind the American flag in this promotional photo for the Ball State production of the popular musical.
 University Theatre will transform into a world of peace and love when the student production of "Hair" hits the Ball State stage. The musical, which centers its story on hippies, drugs, and protests of the Vietnam War, begins its run on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Additional shows include performances at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25-26, 29-30, and Oct. 1-3.  A 2:30 p.m. matinee is scheduled on Sept. 27. All shows will take place at University Theatre. 

"Hair" is set in New York City around the time of the Vietnam War. Two young men have set out to burn their draft cards in an act of defiance and protest. From their rebellion emerges one of the most groundbreaking musical theater experiences, a rock-opera journey into the heart and spirit of the revolutionary 1960s. Timeless hits from "Hair," including "Aquarius" and "Let the Sunshine in," made it to the top 10 charts when the show debuted on Broadway in 1968.

The audience will be thrown back into the psychedelic world of the 1960s, even getting the chance to take part in the finale of the show. "Hair" is a free-spirited production guaranteed to keep the audience intrigued as it speaks to a new generation of Americans struggling to find their way into the next decade. 

"Hair" contains various forms of nudity and adult language. It is for mature audiences only. Tickets for the performance cost $15.50 for the general public, $13.50 for faculty and staff, $11.50 for senior citizens, and $10.50 for students. They are available from the University Theatre Box Office, open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the box office at 765-285-8749 or visit www.bsu.edu/theatre for more information.

Upcoming shows include:

• "Noises Off" – 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12-14, Nov. 18-21, and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Nov. 15. Get a glimpse behind the scenes as the hilarious farce "Noises Off" reveals the frustrations of an acting company trying to produce, or perhaps salvage, a production of a screwball comedy called "Nothing On."
• "Steppin' Out With Gershwin on a Cole Winter's Night" – Dec. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Dec 13. Experience the works of George Gershwin and Cole Porter with an eclectic blend of dance featuring choreography from the talented faculty of Ball State Dance Theatre along with renowned great artists paying tribute to Gershwin and Porter.

By Samantha Irons

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