'HAIR' brings cultural revolution to GSU's Center for Performing Arts

2013-07-25T00:00:00Z 'HAIR' brings cultural revolution to GSU's Center for Performing ArtsFor The Times nwitimes.com
July 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

UNIVERSITY PARK | Psychedelic. A Cultural Revolution. The Age of Aquarius. Hippie Love. It’s 1968 during the Vietnam War, and it’s the first war to be played out on television.

This is "HAIR, the American Tribal Love Rock Musical," presented by the Southland Area Theatre Ensemble, and it’s coming to the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University. Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 3 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 4.

"HAIR" tells the story of a group of Vietnam-era Americans exuberantly creating their own rite of passage amid the confusion happening in the world around them. Re-live the bell-bottomed, tie-dyed spirit of the 1960s, with unforgettable songs like “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” and “Good Morning Starshine.”

SLATE was established in 2009 as an artistic collaboration between the Center for Performing Arts, local theater educators, and veterans of area community theater companies. SLATE has produced four critically acclaimed summer productions, “Into the Woods” in 2009, “The Wedding Singer” in 2010, “Ragtime” in 2011, and ”Legally Blonde: The Musical,” in 2012.

The "Tribe" is all local with cast and crew from 23 local suburbs and the city. "HAIR" is directed by J.R. Rose and stage-managed by Stephanie Jones, both from Tinley Park.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Center’s website at www.centertickets.net or by calling the box office at (708) 235-2222.

Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway. For more information about SLATE, visit www.slatetheatre.org.

Cast and Crew list:


Stacie Knefelkamp as Sheila


Madison Schlegel as Polly/Shoeshine boy


Eyeri Cabrera-Loos as Claude

Courtney Green as Jeanie

De’Jah Perkins as Dionne

Yasir Stackhouse as Walter/African 2

Chicago Heights

Gloria Petrelli as Eve/Buddahdalirama

Jamel “Yogi” Williams as Fred/Indian 3


Melissa Harmon as Mary/Clark Gable

Nate Krug as Dan/Dad/J.W. Booth (Vocal Director)

Diana Principe, Costume Designer


Sam Dreyfuss, Technical Director

Christopher Kelley, Choreographer

Jonah Ongman as Eric/Scarlett O’Hara

Grant Rios as Margaret Mead (Assistant Stage Manager)

Jo. Schaffer as Hud


Courtney Foschi as Emmaretta/Indian 2

Hammond, IN

Mark Jancosek, Orchestra Director

Hazel Crest

La’Quinna Rodriguez as Camille/African 4


Emma Anderson as Hubert/Nun 2

Teddy Brockly, Scenic Designer

Bryn Dolan as Crissy

Kayla Griffith as Ronny/African

Kayla Robertson as Suzannah/Abraham Lincoln

Jarret Whiting as Alex/Soldier 3


Judie Felix, Props & Décor

Max Hillman as Woof


Jeff Allen Ford as Carl/Monk 3

Aubrey LaLuna as Brenda/Nun 3

Tyler McMahon as Berger

Louis Wood as Steve/Principal/Sargent


Rick Keeley as Paul/Soldier 1/Monk 2


Mandi Corrao as Lily/Mom


Hannah Lang as Linda/Indian 1


Sara Geist as Kate

Oak Forest

Megan McDonnell as Marjorie/Nun 1

Olympia Fields

C.J. Butler as Jeremy

Dana Butler as Natalie/ African 4

Palos Park

Brandon Lewis, Lighting Design

Park Forest

Kyle Fitzgerald as Mack/Sargent/Soldier 2


Shawn Kimbrel as Hiram/U.S. Grant

South Holland

Courtneigh Summerrise as Leata/Indian 4

Tinley Park

Stephanie Jones, Stage Manager

J.R. Rose, Director

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