Mike Buck is thrilled to be making his WBCT debut in this psychedelic production! A Massachusetts native, favorite credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Lord Pinkleton) with Vokes Players, Our Town(Howie Newsome) with Yorick Ensemble, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Man 2, 2021 EMACT Consultants Choice Award for Ensemble Performance) with Concord Players. He is also slated to play the titular role in Shrek the Musical with Needham Community Theatre in the fall. When not performing, Mike works in Special Education with elementary aged students, geeks out on everything of geekdom, and enjoys spending time with his niece and nephews. Enjoy the show!
Jess is so excited to be joining West Bay Community Theater and getting to perform the score of HAIR again. Some of Jess' favorite past roles include Beth (Little Women), Jan (Grease), Lilly St. Regis (Annie), Hildy (On the Town), Erma Latour (Anything Goes), Rusty (Footloose), Audrey (Little Shop), Martha Dunnstock (Heathers), Little Red (Into the Woods) and Logainne SwartzandGrubenierre (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). Exploring a piece like HAIR in a time where we are seeing history repeat itself is something very important for us all to do. Peace, love, flowers and radical change ✌🏻🌸💜
Susie (she/her) is so excited to get to share the music and the message of HAIR with everyone! She loves a good musical and has appeared in a few (as Agnes in Gypsy at the Contemporary Theater Company (CTC), as Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Brown University, and even as Gavroche in a concert version of Les Misérables, also at Brown). Earlier this year, she premiered There Was And There Was Not, her original one-woman show about the Armenian-American experience, at the CTC. Other past credits include Ash/Garnet in Bethel Park Falls (CTC), Lili in Fools of Another Nature (CTC), Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (CTC), Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (CTC), and Celia in As You Like It (Head Trick Theatre). If you would like to see more of her antics this summer, she is currently performing in As You Like It (again!), this time in the role of Touchstone and at the CTC.
Amina is thrilled to join West Bay Community Theater in their timely version of HAIR. She is ecstatic to be back on stage after a long hiatus. She’s been in shows like Radium Girls, Fiddler on the Roof, and Godspell. She’s thankful to the cast and crew for making this process an amazing experience.
Gibson is grateful for this opportunity to give back to the world of HAIR since it started his career over a decade ago when he was first discovered at the age of 15 by Michael Butler, the show's original Broadway producer. Butler introduced Gibson to Richard Haase, an NYC-based auteur, as a prodigy that he recommended Haase take a professional interest in. After five years of apprenticeship, Gibson became a director of project development for Haase's Two Per Cent Solution in NYC, as well as heading their publicity and public relations department. In this role, he is privileged to have worked with a number of world-class media legends, including Michael Jackson, Jim Steinman, Barry Keating (composer of six-time Tony-nominated Starmites), Harry J. Lennix (of NBC's The Blacklist), and noted TV director Oz Scott. When not engaged with Two Per Cent, he runs the performing arts blog Ars Pro Concreta, co-administers Jesus Christ Superstar Zone (one of the foremost Internet fan communities for the beloved rock opera), co-hosts the podcast A Good Nightmare Comes So Rarely(about the downfall -- and possible return -- of the notorious Broadway flop Dance of the Vampires), and moonlights as a singer and wedding officiant. Immediately following this production, watch for updates on Gibson's next project, dramaturgical resource HAIR ...by the strand. He thanks Nina Machlin Dayton, curator of the HAIR Archives, and the indefatigable, multi-aliased David James, frequent cast member and director of its earliest companies, for their cooperation, encouragement, support, and contributions, to his writing and to this production, and dedicates his involvement to the memory of James Rado.
Alexandra Duprey is thrilled to be joining the West Bay Community Theatre in this production of HAIR - IN CONCERT. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre and Theatre Arts Management. She also spent time in Arezzo, Italy where she earned her certification in Physical Theatre at the Accademia dell”Arte. Over the last 8 years she has worked as a teaching artist in New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. She has performed at numerous venues including Lincoln Center in 2018 & 2019. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their support and constant love especially her two moms Lori and Cheryl, and her fiancé Kyle. Let the sunshine in!
Tylar is excited to be directing and performing in HAIR - In Concert! He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts for Theatre at Dean College in Technical Theatre in 2017 but loves sharpening his tools as an actor. So, when he isn’t working on a set or lights, he won’t be too far from the stage. Recent production credits include Joseph Asagai in Raisin in the Sun, Derek in Ripcord and Ferdinand in The Tempest. Tylar would like to give thanks to his family, his partner, Ricci and his RI/MA theatre family for their support every step of the way.
This Gemini is thrilled to be returning to the stage after a 3 year hiatus and making his Rhode Island stage debut! Originally from New York, Stephen is excited to now call Providence home and be involved in the New England theatre community. Past credits include: HAIR (Claude), The Who's Tommy (Cousin Kevin/Hawker, 2020 NJACT Perry Award Winner), Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Burrs), Bare (Peter). Big thanks to the WBCT Creative Team for the opportunity to sing this role again. If anyone I know is reading this, thanks for making the trip to support me! "And ya got a lot of nerve, baby!".
Chris is happy to join the Tribe of HAIR- In Concert in his first performance with West Bay Community Theater. He has performed in many local theatre productions, especially The Granite Theatre in Westerly. Most recently, he was seen as Artax in The Neverending Story at Contemporary Theatre in Wakefield. He will be seen in Macbeth in Wilcox Park in Westerly later this month. Chris is a baritone and founding member of the RI Gay Men’s Chorus.
Shaye is so excited to make her return to performing since the pandemic with such an amazing cast and show. She received her degree in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College. Past credits include Rent (Maureen), 10 Out of 12 (E3), and recently shot her first supporting role in an independent feature film. She spends most of her days playing with her 2 cats and babysitting kids! Shaye sends gratitude to the cast and crew of this wonderful show, and her friends and family for supporting her! follow her on Instagram and tiktok @shayemill
Keyanna is so grateful to be a part of this production; she has loved theater forever and hasn't been able to be a part of that much as COVID hit right when she became introduced to the craft. Her favorite role has been her recent role of The Widow in Taming of the Shrew. She is a bit nervous but very excited for this to be her first time performing a musical in front of a proper audience!
Noah is a 24 year old Makeup Artist who recently returned to the stage after about 6 years away from theatre. HAIR - IN CONCERT is Noah's second show back in the game, the first having been Stadium Theater's production of La Cage Aux Folles. Dream roles of Noah's include Leo Frank in Parade, Henry or Dan Goodman in Next to Normal, Roger in Rent, and Jamie in The Last Five Years. Noah has been singing with the Boston Gay Men's Chorus for around five years, and got to tour South Africa as a soloist with the group in 2018. Noah is a queer celebration of life with a Leo Sun, Aires Moon, and Virgo Rising.
Gabby is pumped to be returning to West Bay after most recently performing as Pickles in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Some of her other recent acting credits include Marvalynn/Hope (Almost, Maine) at Stadium Theatre and Lottie (The Murder Room) at The Barker Playhouse. Gabby is a Theatre educator in the Providence schools and is currently earning her Master's in Educational Theatre from NYU.
Olivia is an artist living in Rhode Island. She has performed with various groups in RI and MA; this concert is her first production with WBCT.
Zach is excited to continue working with WBCT. He can be found on stage as well as behind the scenes and his credits include acting, directing and design. He is drama advisor at the Exeter West Greenwich Jr/Sr High School and can be found performing solo acoustic music.
Terry is thrilled to see this production of HAIR - IN CONCERT come to fruition as HAIR was the first show the founders of WBCT wanted to produce upon its founding. Terry is a RI-based actor, director, and sound designer who recently directed WBCT's last production, The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Terry is the current serving President of WBCT and is excited about the company's future home in Wickford.
Remy Thibeault is excited to be joining West Bay Community Theater for the very first time, in HAIR - In Concert. Based out of Providence, RI, Remy has been involved in numerous theatrical productions since 2017, and many more to come. Long Live Ray
Alex Tirrell is a Rhode Island-based music director, pianist, vocalist, and electronic music designer working in the Southern New England area. A graduate of Rhode Island College (BA in Music – Voice & Piano, 2011), Alex is the Resident Music Director at the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre and Conservatory in Woonsocket, RI.
This fall, Alex is celebrating 20 years as a music director. He is excited to be music directing HAIR once more after a production in the summer of 2011 with New Bedford Festival Theatre.
When not working in theatre, Alex is a keyboardist and vocalist for the award winning alt/pop-rock band Shryne, and is developing a YouTube channel called ‘The Retro Hobbyist’ which explores his interests in retro computers, gaming, and technology