Addressing topics such as war, racial segregation, drugs and the purpose of life, Hair, complete with nudity and all, will be hitting Theatre UCF’s stage Oct. 15 through Oct. 25.
“I hope students who come see the show look past the fact that there are 15 nude actors on stage and try to see why we’re standing there nude,” said Gabe Friedman, one of the actors in the show. “Hair is all about social and political commentary, so each song has a purpose and a meaning. It’s not just fluff.”
The nudity scene is something the actors said they are nervous about in terms of audience reception, but they hope the production speaks for itself.
“It’s integral to what we do, but there’s so much more to it that that one scene,” said Heather Gibson, director of marketing with Theatre UCF. “It has great music, a great story and it’s definitely one students should be on the lookout for and one that we’ve been looking forward to doing for a while.”
The musical, which takes place in the 1960s and addresses themes such as unity and acceptance, will be in production the week before and during this year’s Homecoming, pairing with the theme “Knights Come Together.”
Though it takes place nearly 50 decades ago, Friedman, a musical theatre major, said that the issues addressed in the play are still relevant today.
Tyler Beauregard, a musical theatre major acting in the show, said he is nervous, yet excited, because there are no filters with the issues presented.
“I just hope the little world we get to show this work of art to opens their eyes to what is happening all around them,” he said.
Brianna Ordenes is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.