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Age of Aquarius Comes to Southern Miss Theatre

Date    11-4-05
Contact Angela Kilcrease (601) 266-4988

 

HATTIESBURG -- University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance will present Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical Nov. 10-20 at the Martha R. Tatum Theatre.

Written by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, with music by Galt MacDermot, Hair is the birthplace of many songs popular in the 60s, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” “Good Morning Starshine” and the title song “Hair.”

One of the first “rock musicals” of the time and plagued by a string of controversy, the show follows “The Tribe,” a group of politically active, long-haired hippies opposed to the Vietnam War. Among them is Claude, a young man who has received his draft notice.

Director Larry Mullican, professor of theater at Southern Miss, sees the production as an opportunity for him to share his vision of this important piece of American culture with a younger generation. “Hair changed the face of American musical theater,” Mullican said. Audiences may expect to be thrown back into the turbulence of the late 60s but will enjoy the unforgettable music of the time featuring the show’s 40-plus musical numbers and challenging choreography.

“Hair is a story that brings America back to what’s really important: love, peace and respect for humanity,” said Lauren Turner, a first-year graduate student from Wake Forest, N.C. “Doing this show has reminded me that we all want to feel accepted and valued as human beings.”

Hair contains strong language and is recommended for mature audiences.

The Southern Miss production runs at 7:30 p.m. nightly, Nov. 10-12 and 16-18. Special football game weekend matinees are scheduled at 1 p.m. on Nov. 19 and at 4 p.m. on Nov. 20. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for Southern Miss faculty and staff, senior citizens and military, and $6 for students. Order tickets online at www.usm.edu/tickets or call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or (800) 844-8425.


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