Scene in Cleveland: Hair

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Jessie Cope Miller (center) as Sheila with the company. Miller also served admirably as the evening’s choreographer.

This past weekend I saw Blank Canvas Theatre’s production of Hair. The score by Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni, and James Rando follows no conventional rules of musical theater and is all the better for it. The story is almost nonexistent and spottily told, but the last ten minutes are deeply moving and haunting. I was pleased to see two ensemble members from Cain Park’s recent production of The Frogs have more showcased roles roles here, and the cast contained many other performers who I hope again to see in futureĀ area productions. So it’s unfortunate that I walked away thinking less about them and more about the evening’s many sound-related issues. Continue reading