Summer Stock Stage opened and closed the 1960s classic "Hair" last weekend with three Boone County natives among the cast of the rock musical.
Two Zionsville residents and one from Thorntown played tribe members in the production: Weston LeCrone, who will be a freshman at Zionsville Community High School; Elaine Ortyl, a ZCHS graduate who will be going into her freshman year at Millikin University; and Sam Lynch, who will be a junior at Western Boone Junior-Senior High School
According to assistant director Charles Goad, the performances were modified from the original version of the script, which follows the stories of "Berger" and "Claude" as well as the "tribe," a group of politically active hippies.
"We're embracing the show in the spirit that it was originally presented by theatres," Goad said. "You meet a bunch of hippies, and they sing and dance. They introduce themselves to you. [You] find out that Berger was kicked out of school and that Claude is getting drafted and that he gets killed. That's the basic story of 'Hair.'"
It is tradition for the cast members to name their tribe and find personas for their characters. The Summer Stock cast decided to name their tribe Thunderdust. Ortyl named her character LeeAnna, who is a college student that decided to become part of the tribe to protest the Vietnam War. Lynch's tribe member, named Dandy Randy, joined the tribe to try and discover the reason why there is so much violence in the world.
LeCrone said he had fun creating his character and that it made the experience unique.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.