PUBLISHED: 11:38 AM on Wednesday, March 15, 2006
'Hair' now showing at Perseverance Theatre
Perseverance Theatre is now showing the premiere of a new version of "Hair," directed by artistic director PJ Paparelli.

The Perseverance production marks the first major revision of "Hair" since it moved from off-Broadway at The Public Theatre to Broadway's Biltmore Theatre in 1968.

The show is set in 1968 around a group of young people, "The Tribe," who explore a new frontier of drugs, sex, and rock 'n' roll, as the country is torn apart by a brutal war in Vietnam.

"Hair" includes new lyrics to the songs "Aquarius", "Hashish," "Good Morning Starshine," and "Easy to be Hard."

The cast of "Hair" features a group of actors from Juneau, Fairbanks, New York, Atlanta, Memphis, and Washington, DC, including PT company members Rory Merritt Stitt (Berger), Sara Waisanen (Jeanie), Sharon Gaiptman (Margaret Mead), and Flordelino Lagundino (Woof). Hair also features guest artists Jeff Ashworth (Claude), Robyn Kemp (Sheila), Emily Baraf (Crissy), Marinda Anderson (Dionne), Jordan Barbour (Hud), Ericka Lee (Tribe), Jermaine Small (Tribe), Enrique Bravo (Tribe), Craig Brookes (Tribe), Eleasha Gamble (Tribe), as well as local actors Salissa Cooper (Tribe), Jerry Demmert (Hubert), and Sophie Lager (Tribe).

Musicians are Sam Burrous on guitar, Alex Goese-Goeble on saxophone and clarinet, Dale McFarlin on drums, David Paul on keyboards, Jill Taylor on trumpet, and Simon Taylor on bass.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 463-TIXS, going online to or at Hearthside Books.