Auditions for Hair

HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
The first show in the 25th Anniversary Season at The Merrick Theatre & Center for the Arts, 2222 Hewlett Ave, Merrick, NY 11566.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the "Summer of Love" as well as HAIR’s 50th anniversary, originally conceived at The Public Theatre in 1967. June 24th through July 16th.

Auditions: 
Tuesday, December 27th at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 28th at 7:00pm

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of HAIR, one of the first rock musicals with a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s. By telling the story we gain a further understanding of free love and equal rights for those of all races and sexual orientation. The events and ideologies of HAIR mirror what was happening during Vietnam era United States. Characters used drugs and profanity, disrespected the US flag, and provided a theatrical scope on the environment a considerably broken nation was breeding at that point in time. Many people were anti-establishment, actively opposing mainstream political, social, and/or economic values. 

Callbacks: will be held on January 2nd. Those auditioning will be asked to a dance call as well as selected scenes and songs from the piece.

The show will be cast in January and rehearsals will begin mid-May, rehearsing Sunday through Thursday evenings until the week before opening. It is encouraged that actors come into the first rehearsal off book on all text.

Performance dates are June 24th, 30th July 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th & 15th at 8:00pm and June 25th, July 2nd, 9th and 16th at 3:00pm

Please come prepared with 16-32 bars in the style of HAIR (singing from the show is also appropriate). This does not need to be a musical theatre cut. Also, provide a headshot, resume and conflict sheet from May through June 23rd.

Video Auditions: in the case that one cannot attend local auditions, videos will be accepted up until the night of December 29th. Please contact director, Tommy Ranieri for further instructions. 

Director: Tommy Ranieri
Choreographer: Bobby Montaniz
Musical Director: Jeremy Kaplan
Stage Manager: Nicholas Cariello
Assistant Stage Manager: Julia Bregy

Contact director at tr1369@nyu.edu with any questions or for further information.

Tribe Description: We are looking for a company of 16-20 individuals of many cultures representing the wide array of people who participated in the “Hippie” movement of the 1960’s. More specifically we are looking for dedicated actors who will commit to doing justice to a true group of people who lived an extremely poor lifestyle in harsh conditions. The Tribe represents one of the most concentrated countercultures of American society. All actors will be on stage for the majority of the show and will be highly integrated into each sequence. In some instances, roles were created for actors of a specific ethnicity. In these cases, it is noted in the character description. Please note that, as with the original production, some nudity will be a part of these performances. This will be handled respectfully and tastefully to both the actors and audiences. There is no nudity required at the audition. We will be seeking actors 18 and older for the tribe.

Sheila Franklin: She is a wild and dynamic activist and early feminist leader in the Tribe. A student at NYU. Her passion lies in involvement, be it causes or people. Sheila is in love with Berger, who does not return her feelings. Although she is fierce in her views about politics and societal issues, she is easily manipulated by her attraction for Berger.

George Berger: He is bright, funny, loud, wild and playful, but one of the most conflicted members of the tribe underneath. Charismatic and entertaining, he loves to make people laugh. He is a good friend of Claude's and a free spirit. Berger is a bit of a showman, corralling the others to do what he wants. He likes to lead the Tribe in various anti-establishment pursuits such as protests, drug use and going against the expectation of society during this era.

Claude Bukowski: He is gentle, the embodiment of the flower power ethos. A harmonious, ordered, balanced character, artistic, blissed-out, kind and funny. He is born under the defiant sign of Aquarius and is concerned about the war and the state of the human condition. Tolerant and open he loves everyone in the Tribe and provides them with an emotional center.

Neil “Woof” Donovan: He is sexy, good looking, masculine but with an androgynous quality. A free-love nature freak granola boy. He is truly in love with Jim Morrison of “The Doors”. He is very much in his own world, the embodiment of a canine if he were to be a man.

Hud: He has an energetic personality, jumping at the opportunity to introduce himself. He is both intellectual and street hip. He scans the New York Times and the East Village. At times, he is like a wise overseer. African-American.

Jeanie: She wears long hippie dresses and is the earth mother of the group both figuratively and literally as she is pregnant. Dry sense of humor, hippie freak granola woman. Obsessed with Claude.

Dionne: She is warm and compassionate. A strong presence with a present sense of justice and irony. African-American woman.

Crissy: She is the youngest tribe member. She is pretty, innocent and vulnerable. Loves the idea of the Tribe, her new chosen family.

Father/Margaret Mead: Young character actor to play an authoritarian father AND a befuddled female tourist who stumbles upon the tribe and is fascinated by their culture. Must be comfortable in drag.

THE TRIBE (All Ethnicities/various vocal ranges): This is not a typical musical chorus, as the entire cast is a true ensemble. Tribe members sing lead in many featured songs including “Aquarius”, “Black Boys”, “White Boys”, “Walking in Space”, “Electric Blues”, etc., and play many roles in the show including the principals, parents, historical figures, and more. Energetic, creative performers with heart and passion.

HAIR is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022