A change was coming in the 1960s. A new generation was rebelling against the conformity of the “Fabulous Fifties” and hoping to bring an age of peace and love to the world with be-ins, sit-ins, protest marches and music. Gerome Ragni and James Rado were actors during this turbulent time and most certainly felt a historical change coming. They passionately wanted to portray on stage what they were witnessing in the streets of New York City for all the world to see. The age of Aquarius had dawned and HAIR was born.
The Vietnam War is the backdrop of the story, a time when being drafted was almost a certainty for every young man. The leader of a tribe of hippies receives his draft notice and struggles with his commitment to the group, their principles and a pull toward something more. The conflicts experienced by the tribe — alienation, civil disobedience, youthful defiance — continue to timelessly resonate. Experience the excitement of an age when anything was thought possible. When peace guided the planets and love steered the stars.
**For Mature Audiences due to adult material and profanity**
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Director: David Hall
David has been active in Aurora Players for many years, bringing his artistic vision as a director to such audience favorites as The Glass Menagerie, Agatha Christie’s Towards Zero, Grease, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Little Shop of Horrors. He has also directed productions with Lancaster Regional Players, such as Run for Your Wife, Dracula and Moon Over Buffalo. A veteran actor, David most recently appeared in And Then There Were None, Miracle on 34th Street and Alice in Wonderland for Aurora Players.
Music Director: John Szablewski
An actor and musician, John has played the score for numerous musicals, including The Wedding Singer, Mamma Mia!, Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical, Sister Robert Ann’s Cabaret Class and She Loves Me. John has also been musical director for Rocking Horse Productions.
Voice Director: Chuck Basil
Chuck returns to Aurora Players as vocal director for HAIR after bringing us such crowd favorites as Grease and Little Shop of Horrors.
Choreographer: Suzie Hibbard
Suzie received her B.F.A. in Theater Studies from Niagara University. She has numerous choreography and acting credits with local and regional theaters, including choreographer for Aurora Players’ productions of She Loves Me and Little Shop of Horrors.
Claude – Jackson DiGiacomo
Berger – Adam Batt
Sheila – Megan Mahaney
Woof – Jason Gonser
Hud – Robert Humphrey
Jeanie – Marissa DelVeccio
Crissy – Isabella Ruof
Ronny – Aaron Saldana
Dionne – Ebony Pace
Steve – Ian Ronan
Diane – Paige Ronan
Marjorie – Madison Hanel
Suzanna – Danielle Burning
Linda – Alice Cunningham
Paul – Max Kilijanski
Margaret – Anthony Baldwin-Giambrone
Hubert – Chris Biggie/Chris Fire
Principal – Ann Grimaldi
Mom 1 – Dori Shear-McGowan
Mom 2 – Mike Sharrer
Mom 3 – Brooke Georgon
Dad 1 – Rob Schwartz
Dad 2 – Laurie Oravec
Dad 3 – Ron Leonardi
Robot Mom – Eileen Stevic
Robot Dad – Greg Reggie
Soldier – Mike Wier
Assistant Director – Joel Murphy
Stage Manager – Chris Rimes
Assistant Stage Manager – Meghan Leonardi
Assistant Choreographer – Gina Schuster
Costumer – Nancy Johnson
Assistant Costumer – Gail Stengal
Producer – Renee’ Ronan
Assistant Producer – Catherine Burkhart
Assistant Producer – Katie Buckler
Lighting Designer – Ruth Strzelewicz
Lighting Technician – Lowell Sylwester