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OPENING NIGHT ARTS GROUP PRESENTS

Book and Lyrics by GEROME RAGNI JAMES RADO

Music by GALT MacDERMOT

Executive Producer JENNIFER MILLER

Director/Choreographer CASSIE DAWE

Assistant Director SCOTT PODRAZA

Music Director PEG MOONEY

Set Design KEVIN ROSENHAGEN

Sound Technician FRANN SIDLOW LARY SIDLOW

Lighting Technician KEVIN ROSENHAGEN

Costumes CAROL DICKSEN

Wigs and Hair GERALD SWEDERS BILLY VITUCCI

Stage Manager JENNIFER JONGSMA

House Manager BARB LENIHAN

Set Construction DENNIS DAWE MIKE DICKSEN RANDY JONGSMA BRIAN MULARZ TIM NOVAK Produced for the Broadway Stage by Michael Butler Originally Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre “Hair” is performed through special arrangement with Tams Witmark, Inc., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022 212-688-2526 Special thanks to anyone we missed or those who joined our production team after this book went to print. Opening Night Arts Group 1


CAST LIST (in

alphabetical order)

Sophia Maria Andricopulos...................................................................................................Tribe Cassandra Balaskas...................................................................................................................Tribe Bebe Bollito............................................................................................... Featured Player, Tribe Brian Brady.............................................................................................................................. Berger Sarah Brandt.............................................................................................................. Dancer/Tribe Kristina Caputo.........................................................................................................Dionne/Tribe Brittany Clifton...........................................................................................................................Tribe Dennis Dawe............................................................................................. Featured Player, Tribe Carol Dicksen................................................................................................................. Hip Chorus Drew Dicksen..............................................................................................................................Tribe Kyle Dicksen........................................................................................................... Sergeant, Tribe Shan DiLear............................................................................... Margaret Mead, Dancer/Tribe Amanda Elzinga.......................................................................Featured Player, Dancer/Tribe Stephanie Ernst...............................................Featured Singer, Emmaretta, Dancer/Tribe John Gorman..............................................................................................................................Tribe Diane Haberkorn................................................... Featured Singer, Featured Player, Tribe Deanna Heffron.......................................................................Featured Player, Dancer/Tribe Joe Karpiak................................................................................................Featured Singer, Tribe Erin Kelleher................................................................................................................................Tribe Erin Kennealy.............................................................Diane, Featured Singer, Dancer/ Tribe Rosie Knezz................................................................................................................. Dancer/Tribe Lisa Koch.......................................................................................................................................Tribe Sarah Koehler................................................................................................................ Hip Chorus David Kukla................................................................................................................. Dancer/Tribe Fran LaBelle.................................................................................................................... Hip Chorus Jen Lenihan........................................................ Suzannah, Featured Singer, Dancer/Tribe Emily Lyons................................................................................................Featured Singer, Tribe Stacey Mallo.............................................................................................................................Jeanie Kathryn Mantoan......................................................................................................................Tribe Jaclyn Marta................................................................................................................................Tribe Julie Martin..................................................................................................................................Tribe Jaime McGuffage....................................................................................................................Shelia Jennifer Miller............................................................................................................ Dancer/Tribe Kathy Miller..................................................................................................................... Hip Chorus Steve Miller..................................................................................................................... Hip Chorus Sarah Montana.......................................................................................................... Dancer/Tribe Chrissy Morales..........................................................................................................................Tribe Matt Murphy..............................................................................................................................Woof Kari Nelson............................................................... Featured Player, Featured Singer, Tribe Sara Novak.................................................................................................................. Dancer/Tribe Patrick O’Brien............................................................................................................................Tribe Mimi Pahis............................................................................................................ Featured Dancer Pat Pohate.......................................................................................Paul, Featured Singer, Tribe Mary Quinlivan......................................................................................................................... Crissy Brian Railsback.............................................................................................................. Hip Chorus Sean Rhead...................................................................................Steve, Featured Singer, Tribe Sarah Sapperstein........................................................................................................ Hip Chorus Stephanie Seweryn................................................................................Featured Singer, Tribe Molly Sheehan..............................................................................Mary, Featured Singer, Tribe Nick Shine................................................................................................................................Claude Irene Ward.................................................................................................................. Dancer/Tribe Jennifer Zhou.............................................................................................................................Tribe

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MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT I AQUARIUS................................................................................................................ Dionne & Tribe DONNA........................................................................................................................Berger & Tribe HASHISH.......................................................................................................................................Tribe SODOMY....................................................................................................................... Woof & Tribe MANCHESTER, ENGLAND....................................................................................Claude & Tribe AIN’T GOT NO..............................................................................................................................Tribe I BELIEVE IN LOVE........................................................................................................ Shelia & Trio AIN’T GOT NO GRASS...............................................................................................................Tribe AIR......................................................................................................Jeanie with Dionne & Crissy INITIALS.........................................................................................................................................Tribe 1930s.......................................................................................................................................... Berger MANCHESTER II..........................................................................................................................Tribe I GOT LIFE..................................................................................................................Claude & Tribe GOING DOWN...........................................................................................................Berger & Tribe HAIR..............................................................................................................Claude, Berger & Tribe MY CONVICTION...................................................................................................Margaret Mead EASY TO BE HARD....................................................................................................................Shelia DON’T PUT IT DOWN................................................................................ Woof, Berger & Steve FRANK MILLS............................................................................................................................. Crissy BE-IN “Hare Krishna”..................................................................................................................Tribe WHERE DO I GO.......................................................................................................Claude & Tribe ACT II ELECTRIC BLUES.................................................................................................... Quartet & Tribe OH GREAT GOD OF POWER....................................................................................................Tribe MANCHESTER III.........................................................................................................................Tribe WALKING IN SPACE..........................................Dionne, Steve, Leata, Jeanie, Shelia & Tribe THE WAR.......................................................1,000 year-old Monk, 3 Monks, 4 Nuns & Tribe Give Up All Desires Hail Mary Roll Call THREE-FIVE-ZERO-ZERO..........................................................................................................Tribe WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS MAN................................................................ Marjorie & Walter GOOD MORNING STARSHINE...............................................................................Shelia & Tribe REPRISE: AIN’T GOT NO.........................................................................................Claude & Tribe THE FLESH FAILURES (LET THE SUN SHINE IN)................................................................Tribe EYES, LOOK YOUR LAST..........................................................Claude, Shelia, Dionne & Tribe

CONGRATULATIONS and BREAK A LEG GIRLS ! -- DIANE & KARI, The Opening Nights Arts Group, & The Great Cast of

HAIR !

From All The Haberkorns ! Opening Night Arts Group 3


ABOUT OUR CAST Sophia Maria Andricopulos (Tribe) Pisces – Sophia Maria is a 20-year old Pisces from Mokena, IL. She has been in music all her life and is currently pursuing a degree in music education at Millikin University. This is her first show since playing Ursula in Sound of Music at Lincoln-way East High School in 2009. Enjoy the show! Cassandra Balaskas (Tribe) Libra – is thrilled to be making her ONAG debut in Hair and is very glad Jaclyn Marta convinced her to audition! Most recently she has performed in The Wizard of Oz, Til Death Do Us Part (Betsy Crocker), Sound Effects (Rose Potter) and Bye, Bye, Birdie with the Orland Park Theatre Troupe. Currently she is a Musical Theatre major at North Central College. She enjoys spending time with her puppy Mini, almost anything Disney, reading and writing. She sends love to her oven buddy Katie. Many thanks to Gummy and the rest of her family for the encouragement and Mary Sue for the laughs. And please “Remember, licking doorknobs is illegal on other planets!” Sarah Brandt (Tribe/Dancer) Pisces – Sarah is ecstatic to be a part of ONAG’s production of Hair. She was last seen in BHUSFC’s productions of Evita and Oliver. With a hippie soul, Sarah is ready to rock out with the rest of her talented tribe members. Thanks to Cassie for another opportunity to dance. “Peace and Love!”

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Brian Brady (Berger) Gemini – Hair marks the third show for Brian with ONAG. He was previously seen as Fredrick in Pirates of Penzance and in this January’s Evening of Variety III. His favorite past roles include Joseph in Joseph..., Roger in Rent, and Chris in Miss Saigon. Brian would like to thank his family for their constant love and support, especially his wife Colleen and his children Luke, Owen and Morgan. Bebe Bollito - (Featured Player, Tribe) Leo – Bebe is extremely excited to be joining such an awesome group of people for her very first show with ONAG. This group has allowed Bebe to keep her long love of theatre alive and thanks all involved for a great experience! She also thanks Jeanne Bailey, Michelle Etchason and John Nash for teaching her the beauty of a true passion for Theatre. Kristina Caputo (Dionne, Tribe) Gemini – As a true Gemini Kristina leads two lives. The first is that of a milk steaming, shot pouring, coffee slinging, rule-following barista. The other is what you will witness tonight. Most recently, you may have seen Kristina in Evita (BHUC) or Pirates of Penzance (ONAG). She has also performed with the Sixth Street Theater in Racine, Theatre-On-The-Hill in Bolingbrook, Palos Village Players, and the Beverly Theater Guild. Kristina holds a BA in Vocal Performance and Theater from Carthage College


A B O U T O U R C A S T ( c o n t .) in Kenosha, WI. Many thanks to her family and friends for their continued love and support. Peace! Brittany Lynn Clifton (Tribe) Libra – Brittany is very excited to be working with ONAG Theater this summer! Although a newbie to this group, she has been doing Community Theater all around the Chicagoland area for many years, and was last seen as Cindy Lauper in The Wedding Singer. She is currently attending Columbia College Chicago pursuing a BFA degree in Acting. She is very honored to be working with such an amazing cast and crew and of course awesome directors! Thank you to all her friends and family for all their support. LOVE Y-O-U all and enjoy this “groovy” show! Dennis Dawe (Tribe/Father) Libra – Dennis is thrilled to once again be onstage with ONAG where is currently serving as president of the group. He has appeared in the past ONAG productions of Joseph…, Pirates of Penzance, A Christmas Carol 2010, and An Evening of Variety II and III. Other favorite roles include Harry Truman (Death of a Salesman), and George Kittredge (Philadelphia Story) with the Beverly Theatre Guild. He can be seen in The History Channel’s “Days that Shook the World” as Killer Burke. He has been Technical Director at Factory Theatre on Ceres and Red Orchid Theatre on No Game for Boys. Much love to his girls Cassie, Sam and Alex for their support. Shan DeLear (Margaret Meade) Virgo – Interests include long walks on the beach, masquerade balls, and romance novels. When Shan isn’t on stage, which isn’t often; she can be seen improving aviation safety around the world. She has appeared in many shows including Evita, Pirates of Penzance, not to mention many others. Her best friend describes her as unpredicatable, unconventional, shy, quiet and demure-but no one believes him! She says thanks to everyone involved in her current “transformation efforts”. Drew Dicksen (Tribe) Sagittarius – Drew began his acting career at age 4 when he appeared in his church’s production of Cinderella. He then went on to the church casts of South Pacific, Brigadoon, The Wizard of Oz, and starred as Winthrop in The Music Man. As a recent graduate of Lockport Township High School, his past ONAG productions have included Joseph..., A

Christmas Carol, An Evening of Variety II and III and Pirates of Penzance. He would like to thank his mom, grandma, and brother for encouraging him through everything he does. He would also like to extend a special thank you to the people at ONAG for accepting him into this talented family. Kyle Dicksen (Sergeant, Tribe) Sagittarius – Kyle has been doing musical theatre for most of his life. When he learned of ONAG and its mission, he couldn’t wait to be apart of it. He has appeared in ONAG’s productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coat, Scrooge and Marley’s A Christmas Carol, and The Pirates of Penzance. Kyle is currently a sophomore at Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal, MO, where he is double majoring in Computer Information Systems and Mathematics. Kyle would like to thank his mom for getting him involved in theatre and ONAG for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing organization and the mission he and the rest of the members share. Mandy Elzinga (Featured Dancer, Tribe) Capricorn – Mandy is thrilled to be making her ONAG debut. Having taken a break from the stage to raise her family, Mandy couldn’t have picked a more wonderful group of people to work along side for her first show back in over five years. Mandy’s favorite past roles include Adelaide from Guys and Dolls, Velma from West Side Story and Gladys from 42nd Street. She thanks her family for their ongoing support and encouragement and wouldn’t be anywhere without her rock, Brian and amazing kids Madalyn and Zac. Stephanie Ernst (1000 year-old Monk, Featured Dancer, Tribe) – Stephanie is an Aries and stoked to be a part of Hair, her first ONAG show. No stranger to the stage, she is a junior Theatre major at Northwestern University and has been acting and dancing the majority of her life. She hopes to pursue a career either in theatre or law. She’d like to thank Cassie, the cast and crew, her family and friends, and most importantly her pet gerbil, Winthrop, for his continuous love and support. John Gorman (Tribe) Aries – John is a recent graduate of Evergreen Park Community High School. He was an ensemble member in his high school’s production of Singin’ in the Rain and Phineus Trout in Opening Night Arts Group 5


A B O U T O U R C A S T ( c o n t .) Willy Wonka. John plans to attend University of Southern California where he will major in engineering and with a minor in jazz guitar, though he vows to participate in theatre in college. John would like to thank his mother and father and his friends for their support.

Chemistry. Joseph would like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support. Joseph would like to thank all of you for coming to the show and hopes that you enjoy yourself. Remember to let your hair flow, and in the immortal words of Willow Smith, just “whip your hair back and forth.”

Diane Haberkorn (Linda, Featured Singer, Tribe) Scorpio – Diane would like to thank to her lovely mother, Nancy, for allowing her to use the car every night and to the production team for being wonderful. She wishes the best of luck to the cast, crew and orchestra and thanks them for sharing the journey with her. Let the Sunshine In.

Erin Kelliher (Tribe) Taurus – is extremely grateful to be back onstage with ONAG. Recent credits include Evita (BHUC) and Pirates of Penzance (ONAG). She has also appeared in many 99th Street Summer Theatre Festival and McAuley shows. She would like to thank Cassie, Peg and the rest of the cast and production staff for making this such a wonderful experience. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their continuous love and support. Peace, flowers, freedom and happiness to all.

Deanna Heffron (Principal III, Featured Dancer, Tribe) Aries – Deanna is proud to be back on ONAG’s stage in their production of Hair – being able to do what she enjoys while supporting a worthy cause means a lot to her. Since last summer’s production of Pirates, Deanna has been happily “playing in the pit” for several theater groups, as well as being on-stage in BHUC’s production of Evita. A big “THANK YOU” to the production staff for all their hours of hard work behind the scenes. Extra special thanks to Cassie for welcoming Deanna to the Tribe in spite of her crazy schedule! Finally, Deanna thanks her friends and family for their on-going support, especially her Mikey! Jan Hood (Mom, Principal II, Hip Chorus) Aquarius – An Aquarian with an old soul, Jan thinks it’s a gas to be involved in this show. She can be found at the park on weekends, selling macramé belts, clay ashtrays and beaded headbands to earn some bread to get to a farm in upstate New York for a real happening concert everyone’s turned on about. She hopes our show turns you on! Joseph Karpiak (Featured Singer/Tribe) Cancer – Joseph is very excited to be in Opening Night Arts Group production of Hair. This is Joseph’s debut with ONAG and he is very thankful to be a part of this great cast. Even though this is Joseph’s debut with ONAG, he is not a stranger to the stage. He has been in Urinetown (Officer Lockstock), Postmortem (Leo Barrett), Grease, Brigadoon (Tommy Albright), and West Side Story (Action), to name a few. Joseph goes to St. Joseph’s College in Indiana and he is studying Biology/

Erin Kennealy (Diane, Featured Dancer, Tribe, Featured Singer/Nun) Capricorn – Erin is thrilled to be making her ONAG debut in Hair, which has been a favorite of hers since she found her dad’s original cast recording as a kid. Erin has performed and choreographed all over the south side in theatre productions. Some past favorite roles include: Maggie in A Chorus Line, Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Hunyak in Chicago, Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shy in Best Little Whorehouse, and Milky White in Into the Woods. She would like to thank Cassie, Scott, Peg, Joe and Jen for the chance to be in such a fun summer show! Be in! Rosie Knezz (Featured Dancer, Tribe, Nun) Cancer - This is Rosie’s 3rd show for ONAG and she’s super excited to be working again with such a fabulous cast and production staff- they are the reason Rosie comes back! Rosie has performed at many venues throughout the south suburbs as well as choreographed some of her favorite shows. Rosie is a speech therapist, but her favorite job is being mommy to Leo and Lucas! They are simply the best! Rosie happens to have a wonderful husband whom she adores, especially when it comes to doing shows- Mike is such an encourager! Special thanks to Cassie, Scott, Peg, and Jen M. for always working so hard to make a show possible...and for making it so much fun to raise money for charity! ENJOY HAIR!! Opening Night Arts Group 7


A B O U T O U R C A S T ( c o n t .) Lisa Koch (Tribe) Sagittarius - Lisa is super excited to be returning to theater this summer after a 22 year hiatus. She last appeared on stage back in 1989 as Sue in No No Nannette. Back in the day, Lisa also appeared in Evita, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler on the Roof, and Oklahoma. Lisa has always wanted to perform in Hair and says working with this amazing team has really been a dream come true! David Kukla (Tribe) Virgo – David is very excited to be a part of Hair, his second show with ONAG. He has previously been seen in area productions of High School Musical, Parade, Pirates of Penzance and Phantom of the Opera. David will be attending University of Illinois at ChampaignUrbana and hopes to be able to continue his passion for theatre there. He would like to thank his directors and fellow cast members for such a great experience. Jen Lenihan (Suzannah/Featured Singer/ Dancer) Aquarius – This flower child is a far out Aquarius that hails from Chicago. She has been having a gas with the ONAG tribe and will be seriously bummed out when the man says we have to bug out. Jen has been in many tribes including OLPD, BHUC, BTG & CCCT, can you dig it? Jen is stoked to be in this tribe and wants to thank Cassie, Scott & Peg for being so wicked. Thanks to her other tribe (her “fan club”) for being so groovy, especially her old man, her old lady and her steady John. Now chill, have a blast, and we hope to see you decked out after our fab little demonstration! Remember to make love not war and Dream It, Believe It, Become It! Emily Lyons (Featured Singer/Triber) Scorpio – Emily appeared in shows throughout high school, such as 42nd Street (Dorothy) and West Side Story (Rosalia). During her senior year, Emily was selected to participate in Illinois High School Association’s All-State production of Urinetown, (Penelope Pennywise). Since graduating high school in 2010, Emily has moved on to study Musical Theatre at Millikin University. Emily is very excited to perform in Hair and would like to thank Joe Karpiak. Stacey Mallo (Jeanie) Scorpio – Stacey returns to ONAG, where she’s performed in An Evening of Variety III, The Pirates of Penzance (Isabel), and A Christmas Carol 10 Opening Night Arts Group

(Fred’s Wife). Some favorite credits include West Side Story (Maria), Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine), She Stoops to Conquer (Mrs. Hardcastle) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ruth). Stacey recently graduated with an MA in Sociology from Roosevelt Unversity. Stacey would like to thank her friends and family for their support. Cassie and Peg, thank you for this wonderful character! And of course, I have to thank my charming, talented and supportive fiancé, Scott. Enjoy the show! Kathryn Mantoan (Tribe) Capricorn – Ms. Mantoan traditionally sings opera/ classical repertoire, but is happy to return to the musical theater stage after a long hiatus. Kathryn has performed around Chicago, Milwaukee, and recently spent a summer singing opera in Italy. Her most recent role was Giulia from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers with The Savoyaires in Evanston. Kathryn is also a voice teacher based in the South Suburbs teaching singers of all ages and levels. She thanks her family for their continued support and ONAG for giving her this opportunity to release her inner flower child. Ms. Mantoan dedicates this performance to her brand new fiancé, James. Jaclyn Marta (Tribe) Taurus – is a Taurus who is making her ONAG debut! Some of her favorite credits include Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula Merkle), Tartuffe (Madame Pernelle), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Philostrate) and Twelfth Night (Curio/ Officer). She is a student at the U of I who is studying to be an English and Theatre teacher. In the fall, she will be living and working in Walt Disney World! She wants to thank God, her parents, the production team, and fellow Tribe member Cassie for being pretty groovy. Julie K. Martin (Tribe) Aquarius – was most recently seen in The Diary of Anne Frank (Miep) and Little Shop of Horrors (ensemble/ hooker) at St. Pete Little Theatre in Florida. Chicagoland: Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), Merrily We Roll Along (ensemble), The Wiz (Glinda), Nosferatu: ...Dracula (Van Helsing). Training includes a BA in music from Eckerd College, with additional music and drama studies at Kingston University London. She would like to thank Cassie and Peg for being amazing directors, her family for their endless support, and especially Brad for everything! Peace, love, and hippies!


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A B O U T O U R C A S T ( c o n t .) Jaime McGuffage (Sheila) Leo – After having such a wonderful time in ONAG’s Evening of Variety III this past January, Jaime decided to continue on in the fun by joining the production of Hair. Jaime is absolutely ecstatic to have been cast alongside such an abundantly talented group of people. Some of her favorite roles include, Cassie (A Chorus Line), Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), Lola (Damn Yankees) and Rosie (Bye Bye Birdie). Jaime would like to thank Cassie, Peg, Scott and Jen for believing in her and giving her the opportunity to play such a great role in one of her favorite productions. She looks forward to once again sharing the stage with one of her closest friends, Brian, and to finally see what he looks like with hair. Jen Len, Sarah, Rosie, Stacey, Scott, Brian, Jan and Peg thank you for reminding her what is like to have fun, even if it is until the wee hours of the morning! You are all wonderful and are great friends to have! Thank you to her family, friends, and Brian for all their constant love and support. Peace and Love! Sarah Montana (Featured Dance, Tribe) Sagittarius – This is Sarah’s first show with ONAG, but it is not her very first show ever. She has been in musicals at high school and has also been in performances with the dance studio she attends. Sarah has been dancing for 4 years now. She will be attend Columbia College in the Fall to major in dance. She is very excited about the showing of Hair, and I hope you are too. Chrissy Morales (Tribe) Capricorn – With her sun in Capricorn and her moon in Leo, Chrissy has always had a passion for the arts and theater. Her recent performances were in The Vagina Monologues, A Candle in the Window, and Evil Dead: the Musical. As a graphic designer, she has done a lot of work for local community theaters and non profit organizations. Matt Murphy (Woof ) Leo – This is Matt’s second show with ONAG. Previous roles include Pippin (Pippin), Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees) and Bert Healy (Annie). He would like to thank his friends and family for their support. Special thanks to his mom, dad, and Mary. Kari Nelson (Marjorie, Featured Singer, Tribe) Cancer – Although Kari is a Cancer, she believes in the Age of Aquarius. She is a junior at DePauw University, majoring 12 Opening Night Arts Group

in Vocal Performance and English Writing. Most recently, she has attended the Cap21 Professional Musical Theatre Program in New York and played roles in Seussical, Working, Beauty and the Beast, and Once on This Island. Much love and thanks to Cassie, Peg, and mom and dad. Being in Hair is a dream come true! Let the sunshine in! Sara Novak (Featured Dancer, Tribe) Sagittarius – Sara is thrilled to be back on stage after dancing at Ball State University, where she will be a junior next fall, studying to become a teacher in Secondary Education Family Consumer Science, as well as Dance and Hospitality Management minor. You may have seen Sara as Sad Girl in Bye Bye Birdie (BHUC), 20th Anniversary Review Show (OLPD), Carbuckety in Cats (OLPD), as well as many other appearances. Sara would like to say “thank you” to her family and friends for their constant love and support. Please enjoy the show! Patrick O’Brien (Tribe) Sagittarius – This is POB’s first show with Opening Night Arts Group, filling the theater-shaped hole in his soul before returning for a second year of working toward a BA in Theater at Millikin University. By a decree of Nature herself, he has joined up with a show that plays at Carl Sandburg High School, his alma mater, where he was no stranger to the performing arts, be they theater, band, choir, or speech. Previous roles include Underling (The Drowsy Chaperone), Elwood P. Dowd (Harvey), Mister Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) and Luther Rosser (Parade). Mimi Pahis (Featured Dancer, Tribe) Scorpio – Like most Scorpios, Mimi believes in Love…The friend who is a good lover and the love of a good friend. She hopes you will learn from your parents and teach the children well. In her past lives Mimi has appeared in Jesus Christ Super Star, Godspell and Tales of Wonder. She would like to thank everyone from ONAG for this most groovy happening. Beads, Flowers, Freedom, Happiness. Pat Pohrte (Paul/Featured Singer/Tribe) Virgo – Pat is a passionate Virgo who is thrilled to be making his ONAG and Illinois debut as part of the PSYCHEDELIC cast of Hair. He most recently appeared as Bud Abbott at Buckley Homestead in the Abbott and Costello Comedy Hour with his friend Tim Saldana. Theatre credits include:


A B O U T O U R C A S T ( c o n t .) A Wonderful Life: The Musical (Matthew, u/s George), Rent (ensemble), Anything Goes (Ensemble), Money (Sir Dudley Smooth), Working (Parking Attendant, Truck Driver), South Pacific (Bob McCaffery), Pippin (Lewis) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas). Film credits include: The Dilemma (Universal Pictures). Pat is currently attending Purdue University-Calumet majoring in Theatre, Special Education and Elementary Education. Pat would like to send his love and thanks to the groovy cast and crew for their many talents. Special thanks and LOVE to God, Mom, Dad, Ryan and all the friends who’ve helped me get to where I am now. Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting the arts. Mary Quinlivan (Crissy) Sagittarius – This is Mary’s second summer with ONAG, though she has been performing in the community for over ten years. Favorite roles include Ti Moune (Once on This Island), Maria (The Sound of Music), and Cinderella (Into the Woods). In August, Mary will be entering her senior year at Illinois Wesleyan University where she studies Business and Music. Love to Matthew, Mom and Dad, cast and crew! Sean Rhead (Steve/Featured Singer/Tribe) Cancer – Sean is thrilled to be back on stage with Opening Night Arts Group after taking the previous summer off. Previously with ONAG, Sean was seen as Pharaoh in 2009’s Joseph… and a featured performer in 2010’s An Evening of Variety II. Other past theatre credits include Clue: the Musical (Professor Plum), Will Rogers Follies (Quartet), Singin’ in the Rain (Movie Villain), and Arsenic and Old Lace (Dr. Einstein). Sean was also a Bass II singer in the 2010 All-State Chorus. He is currently studying Musical Theatre at Western Illinois University. Sean would like to thank Cassie, Jen, Scott and Peg for the opportunity to be involved in such an exciting show. He’d also like to thank his family and friends (including castmates). Peace and Love! Stephanie Seweryn (Leata, Featured Singer, Tribe) Aries – This is Stephanie’s Opening Night Arts Group (ONAG) debut. A recent graduate from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Stephanie’s degree in nonprofit management is what drew her to ONAG’s unique purpose of performance for a cause. She recently started a job with the Pulmonary

Fibrosis Foundation and looks forward to pursuing a career in nonprofit marketing and development. Memorable past roles at other community theatre venues include, Little Red in Into the Woods, Rizzo in Grease, and Amy in Little Women. Thanks, peace and love to her family and friends for their continuous support. Nick Shine (Claude) Aries – Nick is ecstatic to be involved in this groovy production of Hair. This is his second show with ONAG. Last summer he could be seen as the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance. During the school year Nick is involved in theater at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, where other recent roles include R.F. Simpson in Singin’ in the Rain and Horton the Elephant in Seussical. This is a wonderful show with a hard-working and talented cast, crew, and staff. Nick would like to thank his mom, dad, Kelly, Gumpy, and Stephanie for their continued support. Enjoy the show! Irene Ward (Featured Dancer, Tribe) Sagittarius – This is Irene’s 21st psychedelic show and her 1st groovy performance with ONAG. She would like to thank her out of sight family, friends, directors, and fellow castmates for her far out experience. Peace Now, Freedom Now! Jennifer Zhou (Tribe) Aries – Jennifer is thrilled to be a part of Hair. This is her first community theatre production. She would like to thank her family and friends for being so supportive whilst she sat in her house wailing as she practiced and quoted song lyrics.

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P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F Cassie Dawe (Director/Choreographer) Virgo: Cassie Dawe, veteran Chicago director & choreographer, has been teaching students of all ages the fine art of theatre. She was raised in the Chicagoland area where she studied in the many famous studios of Chicago such as Lou Conte and Gus Giordano Dance Studios, then went on to New York City where she studied acting at the world renowned American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Upon her return Cassie performed professionally in musical theatre and film for many years before settling down to start a family. She began teaching children’s theatre over 20 years ago and shortly thereafter she started directing and choreographing full time in the various theatre groups located in and around Chicago. She has worked in both professional and amateur venues. At Light Opera Works she won an award for her choreography of Fiddler on the Roof. At the Cahn Auditorium she choreographed with Lara Teeter a salute to the choreographer, Ernie Flatt, in Flatt Out, produced by Dominic Missimi. Cassie is the Artistic Director of ONAG’s Young Actor’s Studio that will be presenting three age group productions of Beauty and the Beast this July 28 – 30 at Alan B. Shepard High School. Past ONAG endeavors include choreographer of Joseph…, director/choreographer of Christmas Carol in 2009 and 2010, and Pirates of Penzance last summer. Jennifer Miller (Executive Producer) Aquarius: Jennifer has produced, directed, music directed and/or choreographed countless music and theatre productions throughout the Chicago area. She has served as past president and is a founding member of Opening Night Arts Group and is also Director/Choreographer with Frann Sidlow for Catch Breath, a teen Glee Club through the Village of Orland Park that performs throughout the area. Her “day job” is teaching choir, music history and directing/choreographing in several Orland Park schools as well as running her own private voice and piano studio. Past ONAG projects have included producing, directing or choreographing An Evening of Variety I , II and III, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Pirates of Penzance,

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Willy Wonka jr , Annie jr, and Christmas Carol 2009 and 2010. A performer at heart, Jennifer studied theatrical production, voice, piano, and dance at Illinois State and is working towards completing her master’s degree at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Past favorite onstage roles include Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. Thank you to Cassie, Peg and Scott and the amazingly talented cast for being so wonderful to work with in raising money for such a worthy cause. Peg Mooney (Music Director) Aquarius: Peg is thrilled to be working with ONAG this summer, after music directing last year’s Pirates of Penzance. She has worked with countless theater groups in the Chicagoland area, including the Beverly Hills University Club, 99th Street Summer Theatre Festival and the Oak Lawn Park District to name just a few. Peg is currently the director of music at Saint Germaine Church in Oak Lawn, where she is responsible for six choirs, age second grade through adult. Scott Podraza (Assistant Director) Leo: Scott is thrilled to be back with ONAG, last time as a performer in A Christmas Carol, as Scrooge’s nephew Fred. Most recently, Scott assistant directed Cadillac with Beverly Theatre Guide. Additional directing credits include ‘dentity Crisis, Arsenic and Old Lace and Anna in the Tropics. Scott is also a perfomer, with credits including Scott in Evil Dead: The Musical, John in Miss Saigon, Motel in A Fiddler on the Roof, and Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer, to name a few. He received his BA in Theatre Arts from Eastern Illinois University, with concentrations in performance, directing, history and literature. Scott works in the development department of Goodman Theatre and is an aspiring playwright/librettist. He would like to thank his friends and family for their support and understanding. To Cassie, Peg, Jen and the entire ONAG family, thank you for this wonderful opportunity! To Stacey, you never cease to amaze me with your talent, beauty and heart. Enjoy the show!


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ABOUT US Opening Night Arts Group presents theatrical, musical, dance, social and visual arts events throughout the year as a vehicle for fundraising on behalf of various causes. Opening Night Arts Group is an organization dedicated to promoting general education as well as education in the arts. The group also works to further the promotion of the fine and performing arts as a whole. Opening Night Arts Group provides a stage for adults and children to showcase and develop their talents while providing the highest level of artistic productions for the public. Opening Night Arts Group’s other projects include classes and workshops for children and adults. Areas of focus include auditioning, singing, acting, dancing, and art classes. In Fall 2010, the Young Actor’s Studio was created, which includes various classes and shows throughout the year for younger performers from Kindergarten through Senior Year High school. All of Opening Night Arts Group’s productions are presented as fundraisers in connection with various charities. It is part of Opening Night Arts Group’s mission to give to the community with each event. Charities may present their information to the Opening Night Arts Group Board who votes on which charity to associate with each event. Opening Night Arts Group has also established a College Scholarship Fund and provides scholarships to high school students each year.

O P E N I N G N I G H T A R T S G R O U P B OA R D O F D I R E C TO R S Dennis Dawe, President Randy Jongsma, Vice President Diane Gorka, Treasurer Kim Novak, Recording Secretary Ann Ross, Communications Secretary Barb Lenihan, Charity/Corporate Liaison

O P E N I N G N I G H T A R T S G R O U P S TA F F A N D CO M M I T TE E C H A I R S Jennifer Miller, Executive Producer Casandra Dawe, Young Actor’s Studio Artistic Director Pat Hasier, Scholarship Committee Chair Jennifer Lenihan, Database Manager and Membership Chair

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