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Weary Arts Group to produce 'Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical' in Harrisburg

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
The cast for the upcoming three-day showing of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical."

Weary Arts Group will be producing a three-day showing of "Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" in Harrisburg, the largest-scale play the company has put on outside of York County.

The rock musical will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, through Saturday, March 23, at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, 222 Market St., Harrisburg. The performers will be students from the Capital Area School for the Arts.

"It's the first time we're doing something of this level this far away," said Cal Weary, the York-based company's owner. "It's an amazing feeling, especially working with these students."

Cal Weary, of Weary Arts Group, talks about  the video he produced honoring Mattie Chapman, the first elected African-American to hold a York County office as Prothonotary in 1975, following the dedication ceremony during which the video was presented at the York County Judicial Center in York City, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Weary said performing in Harrisburg is part of an ongoing two-year effort to branch out of York County. York County School of Technology senior Jacob Schlenker is still part of the crew, where he has made more than 20 wigs for the performance.

The rock musical first debuted in 1967 and follows a young group of hippies making it their mission to fight the establishment, dodge the Vietnam War draft and live a party-like lifestyle in New York City.

Although the show has faced backlash for profanity, depiction of drug use and emphasis on sexual freedom, Weary said it's important to pay tribute to the play roughly 50 years after it first hit stages.

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at www.onthestage.com/show/weary-arts-group/hair-8950.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.