Høsten 2015: Hair


(Tekst: Rado & Ragni. Musikk: MacDermott)

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical var den første rockemusikalen, og handler om hippiebevegelsens opprør mot det konservative USA og Vietnamkrigen.

Regissør: Rudi Bjørknes Gundersen
Musikalsk leder: Knut Aabø
Koreograf: Victoria Jane Harley

Medvirkende: Avgangselever i musikk, dans og drama ved Stavanger Katedralskole, Bjergsted

[T]he youth of America, especially those on college campuses, started protesting all the things that they saw wrong with America: racism, environmental destruction, poverty, sexism and sexual repression, violence at home and the war in Vietnam, depersonalization from new technologies, and corruption in politics. ... Contrary to popular opinion, the hippies had great respect for America and believed that they were the true patriots, the only ones who genuinely wanted to save our country and make it the best it could be once again ... [Long] hair was the hippies' flag – their ... symbol not only of rebellion but also of new possibilities, a symbol of the rejection of discrimination and restrictive gender roles (a philosophy celebrated in the song "My Conviction"). It symbolized equality between men and women ... [T]he hippies' chosen clothing also made statements. Drab work clothes (jeans, work shirts, pea coats) were a rejection of materialism. Clothing from other cultures, particularly the Third World and native Americans, represented their awareness of the global community and their rejection of U.S. imperialism and selfishness. Simple cotton dresses and other natural fabrics were a rejection of synthetics, a return to natural things and simpler times. Some hippies wore old World War II or Civil War jackets as way of co-opting the symbols of war into their newfound philosophy of nonviolence.

Miller, Scott (2001).  "HAIR – An analysis by Scott Miller"; excerpt from Rebels with applause: Broadway's groundbreaking musicals