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Vanderbilt to Host From Stage to Screen’s Production of Broadway Hit Hair on October 21

  1. The cast rehearses – Front, from left: Rebecca Bord, Lisa Jivin, Emma Kowalchuk, Gillian Pelkonnen. Back: Adam Slawitsky

    The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum will host a concert performance of the songs from the long-running Broadway hit Hair by the Huntington-based performing-arts academy From Stage to Screen on Sunday, October, 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. From Stage to Screen founder Gene Forman said the production will feature only the songs from the show, to be performed on the lawn next to the Vanderbilt Mansion overlooking Northport Bay. The show is free to museum visitors who purchase a general-admission ticket – $7 for adults, $6 for students with ID and seniors age 62 and up, and $3 for children 12 and under.The original theatrical production of Hairfollows Claude, Berger, their roommate Sheila and a group of politically active hippies in New York City. These characters struggle with life, love, the sexual revolution, their parents and the Vietnam War draft.

    Hair made its Off-Broadway debut in October 1967 at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in New York City, moved to Broadway in April 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances. The London presentation ran for 1,997 performances. A feature film of the musical was made in 1979. A Broadway revival of Hair opened in 2009. It earned strong reviews and won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for best revival of a musical.

    From Stage to Screen (STS), founded in 2008, is a year-round performing-arts academy in Huntington, NY, for ages 7-20 (www.fromstage2screen.com). The staff includes Broadway and film professionals from New York City and Los Angeles with years of experience in musical theater, improvisation, writing, and acting for stage, television and film. Forman said the STS goal is to provide classes for residents of Long Island and Queens that rival those offered in New York City and Los Angeles.”Our hope is to help students grow as actors in a safe and fun environment,” he said,” and also to help them discover more about themselves and become more confident.”

    STS productions have included Footloose, Into the Woods Jr., Grease, 13 The Musical, Wedding Singer, Rent, Cabaret, The Breakfast Club and Spring Awakening (The Concert). In New York City, STS also performed Pippin, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Truman Show.

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    MUSEUM INFORMATION

    Fall Hours
    Through November 4: The museum is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 5:00 and Sundays 12: 00 to 5:00. (The last mansion tour begins each day at 4 p.m.) The museum is closed Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    Admission
    General museum admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students with ID and seniors (62 and older), and $3 for children 12 and under. General admission includes estate-grounds access to the marine museum, Memorial Wing natural-history and ethnographic-artifact galleries, Nursery Wing, Egyptian mummy and Stoll Wing animal-habitat dioramas. For a mansion tour, add $5 per ticket. (A video tour of the mansion is available on request.)

    Planetarium Modernization
    The Vanderbilt Planetarium is undergoing major modernization and a complete technological update and will reopen in early 2013.

    In addition to new seating and carpeting and other building enhancements, the project will include the installation of a state-of-the-art Konica Minolta GeminiStar III star projector with full-dome video and surround sound systems, and a new ticketing and reservation system. With these improvements, the new facility will be one of the finest planetariums in the United States.

    (Please note: The rest of the Vanderbilt Museum – mansion, marine museum, collections galleries and animal habitats – remains open on a regular schedule throughout the renovation.)

    Location and Website
    The Vanderbilt Museum is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY. Directions and updated details on programs and events are available at www.vanderbiltmuseum.org. For information, call 631-854-5579.

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