at Stockton Civic Theatre
Directed by Dennis Beasley
Music directed by Amy Dahlstrom
Choreographed by James Reed
Stockton Civic Theatre will be holding auditions for the high-energy, iconic musical, HAiR.
SCT will take you back to the Age of Aquarius with the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, Hair. It has been 50 years since the hippies and their shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen locks invaded Broadway. Created during the Vietnam War and sexual revolution of the late 60s, many of the songs became anthems of the counterculture peace movement and inspired a whole generation to make love, not war. The outrageous staging, dress, language, and social commentary are as relevant, unsettling, and exciting now as they were in 1968. Enjoy the psychedelic, groovy trip back.
What: Open call for HAiR. Auditioners should prepare 32-bars of a Broadway song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music in you key. Accompanist will be provided. Auditioners should also be prepared to dance and read from the script.
When: Open auditions June 17 and 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Callbacks by invitation only on June 19 at 6:30. Rehearsals begin June 24 and the show performs September 5-30, 2018
Where: Auditions will take place at Stockton Civic Theatre 2312 Rosemarie Lane Stockton, CA 95207
Who: We are looking for a diverse group of 20-25 peace-loving, flower children to make up our “tribe”. This is a high-energy show with a large amount of singing and dancing for everyone. Character descriptions are posted at sctlivetheatre.com
Additional info: Contact Dennis Beasley at email@example.com with any questions
A note about the show: When Hair burst onto the scene 50 years ago, it was immediately controversial because it deals with themes of drug use, race, sex/sexuality, war/violence, and conflict between the generations oftentimes in adult, graphic, and crude ways. The play has not changed, so actors should be prepared to deal with content that is very adult that includes drug use, race, sex/sexuality, and violence. The original production also had a brief nude scene at the end of Act 1. Our production will include the nude scene, but it will be optional for most of the tribe. The nudity is a very powerful demonstration by the characters in protest of the societal constructs and demands put upon them by older generations and the government. The more cast members that participate, the more powerful the protest, but nudity will be optional for all but Berger and Sheila and, possibly, Claude. However, all actors should be comfortable in their bodies and interacting physically with other tribe members.
HAiR Character Descriptions
Claude (Rock Baritone/Tenor,) The most beautiful beast in the forest. Smart, attractive male, with a playful side; a lover of life and the picture of a young man next door of the 60’s. Strong actor. Berger’s best friend who has been recently drafted A man of conscience who struggles with the conflict of what his heart tells him is right and what the authorities around him lead him to believe. Nudity possibly required
George Berger (Tenor) A social activist recently banished from high school. An unrestrained animal. He knows what is right and sticks to it no matter the consequence. The leader of the tribe. High energy, athletic, wild. Strong presence and, though he may be a young man, he is looked up to. Nudity required
Sheila (Rock Alto/Belter)
A second semester student and passionate protester from NYU who lives with Berger and Claude, aspires to spread love, loves Berger but having Claude’s baby. The most intelligent of the tribe. Wants to change society through peaceful protest. Not necessarily perfect on the outside, but must have a strong voice and presence. Nudity required
A follower, not a leader. Incredibly sweet, understands Claude better than anyone. Wise, passionate, creative woman, who is pregnant with the tribe’s baby. She has taken every drug, and takes care of the tribe. Strong actress to play comedic and dramatic scenes.
Crissy (Mezzo) A flower child mourning a lost love. Sings “Frank Mills”.
Dionne (Alto/Mezzo Belt, African-American) Sassy and lots of fun. Great with comedy and ad-lib vocals.
Hud (Soul/Rock Baritone/Tenor, African-American) Speaks his mind and hopes you can keep up with him. High energy, spiritual performer with a strong voice and presence. A true tone setter that is a natural on stage in any situation.
Woof (Rock Baritone/Tenor,) May not want to admit it but he is gay. A young animal. High energy, versatile performer. Must be a natural with comedy. Looks up to Berger and Mick Jagger… in many ways.
Margaret Mead (Baritone with good falsetto) Male who must be willing to appear as a believable woman, with good comic timing. May double as tribe.
Hubert Margaret Mead’s clueless husband. May double as tribe.
Tribe: This is not a “chorus”, as the entire cast is a true ensemble. Tribe members sing many featured songs including “Aquarius”, “Black Boys”, “White Boys”, “Walking in Space”, “Electric Blues”, “Hippie Life”, etc., and play many roles in the show including the PRINCIPALS, MOTHER/FATHER, historical figures, and more. Energetic, creative performers with heart and passion.