West Bay Community Theater will present HAIR-IN CONCERT in August

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The West Bay Community Theater will perform a concert version of the original love-rock tribal musical, HAIR, on Saturday, August 13, 2022 in Wickford, RI (NK Town Beach Bandshell).

Following the success of their May production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical, WBCT returns to North Kingstown Town Beach for a night of waterfront musical theater. Featuring a nine-piece rock band and a range of vocal talent from across RI’s theater and music communities, HAIR – IN CONCERT will be a celebration of HAIR’s music while focusing on themes that resonate in 2022 as much that they did in the late 60s.

HAIR caused a stir when it was created in 1967, as it brought the counterculture movement into the world of theater and into the national spotlight. The issues raised by the series – civil rights, war, alienation, youthful defiance, civil disobedience – continue to resonate timelessly today. Songs like “Aquarius,” “The Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In)” and the infamous title track will be familiar to most listeners, but those unfamiliar with the soundtrack will be introduced to the depth and breadth of the soundtrack. scope of this high-profile musical. score.

WBCT’s production will focus on the music for the play with minimal staging, aided by multimedia support. Although the famous nudity of the original staging is NOT present, this production does not edit or censor the lyrics, encouraging listeners to confront and embrace the difficult subject matter that HAIR presents. Due to the nature of the language, this production is not recommended for young children and parental supervision is suggested.

HAIR – IN CONCERT features Tylar Jahumpa as director and Alex Tirrell as musical director. The cast includes Michael Buck, Remy Thibeault, Tylar Jahumpa, Stephen Kalogeras, Jess Couture, Olivia Sahlin, Shaye Miller, Chris Maxwell, Brooke Shelley, Amina Cunningham, Gabby Rose, Alex Duprey, Noah Pimental, and Susie Chakmakian, among others.

Director Tylar Jahumpa said, “Most musicals on Broadway during the Golden Age [of Musical Theater] in the early 60s tended to be escapist. You had Rodgers and Hammerstein pretty much running the show and an abundance of love stories hitting the Great White Way. The impact Hair has had on Broadway has cemented not only our experience of live theater, but also the kinds of stories we can tell as performers. [The music of HAIR] is a pop culture phenomenon with not only the Broadway Cast Recording, but also film and various covers from artists such as The 5th Dimension, Nina Simone and The Cowsills. Historically, HAIR also showed what was happening in the 1960s with people still fighting for civil rights as well as the Vietnam War and the draft. The tribe on this show isn’t just people screaming “Free Love” and growing their hair out and smoking pot; they are a reflection of the Hippie/Student Protest movement and are real people with emotions and needs. With HAIR – IN CONCERT, we’re allowing the people who grew up with these songs and the singers/performers in the RI Theater community to come and truly celebrate the story of what made these songs so memorable with a new Summer of Love, at a time when we really need it most.”

Performance details:

What: HAIR-IN CONCERT

When: Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. (rain date, August 14)

Where: North Kingstown Town Beach Bandshell

10 Beach St, North Kingstown, RI 02852

Tickets: $25/$20 – (Students and Military as well as Lifetime Membership pin holders)

Tickets can be purchased on site or online at www.wbctheatre.org

All guests are encouraged to bring chairs/blankets and anything that will enhance the experience of a rock musical on a summer evening by the water. Del’s Lemonade and other food truck services will be available before the show.

About the show:

Book: James Rado & Gerome Ragni

Music: Galt MacDermot

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical follows a young group of establishment-fighting hippies, dodging drafts, high, alive and loving in New York City. It’s 1967: the Vietnam War is raging and the Age of Aquarius is looming. Claude, his best friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their tribe of friends struggle to balance the demands of the harsh and violent world with their dream of a more beautiful and peaceful world. When Claude receives his conscription notice, he must decide if he wants to join his friends in resisting the project or bow to the pressures of society and his conservative parents, thus sacrificing his ideals and, possibly, his life.

About West Bay Community Theater:

West Bay Community Theater is a North Kingstown-based 501(c)(3) arts organization founded in 2018 by former Players Academy and North Kingstown Players members to reestablish community theater in the West Bay area of ​​the Rhode Island. In May 2022, WBCT successfully presented The Great American Trailer Park Musical. A future home base is in the works in the heart of Wickford Village on the site of the old library at 55 Brown Street.

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