"HAIR" - the tribal rock musical in downtown St Pete
American Stage In The Park, celebrated its 25th Anniversary in St Petersburg FL with the rock musical, HAIR. Demens Landing Park looked like the assisted living bus pulled up for a love-in.
This is the fourth year we have attended the annual springtime theater under the stars production in downtown St Pete, and we came away...confused.
I guess HAIR has that affect on most people who attend.
We got to Demens Landing Park (on the southern end of the St Petersburg Waterfront Parks system) about an hour early because we figured this would be a heavily attended play.
We were right, but what we were not counting on was the sight of retirees older than us dressed like Woodstock refugees and peaceniks from the 60's. talk about a "trip." This was the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" for guys on Geritol and Viagra. It was people-watching at it's best.
The great thing about American Stage In The Park is that you can bring your own food and (non-alcoholic) beverages to this open-air production, and have a relaxing picnic prior to the scheduled play.
Set right next to the St Petersburg Municipal Marina, you get to enjoy outdoor theater with the smell of clear salt air. Talk about living the Florida beach lifestyle...
A short pictorial essay of HAIR at American Stage In The Park
We got to Demens Landing Park in downtown St Pete over an hour prior to HAIR starting, but it still seemed like everybody in town was headed into the play.
Well...almost everybody. Of course, this young guy probably didn't even know what a "hippie" was, anyhow.
Crossing the canal into Demens Landing Park was just one more opportunity to give thanks for living in such a beautiful area like St Petersburg, FL.
We saw the Demens Landing Park sign...but, inside, HAIR had transformed it into something out of Max Yasgur's dairy farm..
Music from the Country Joe and The Fish (..."What's that spell?...What's that spell?..."), Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly & the Family Stone played while people ate picnic dinners and mingled.
Were we in a time warp? My girlfriend thought she knew a chick who shared a sleeping bag at Woodstock with one of the patrons.
The rock musical HAIR brought out clothes people had not worn in over 40 years. Thank goodness some fashions are classic, and never go out of style.
"Make Love - Not War" was the theme of HAIR...and it was evident that Viet Nam era attendees held that same vision.
Of course, not everyone was a hippie...some were just real good-looking...and nothing changed much in 40+ years.
However, there was no doubt the 5th Dimension got it right when they said, "This is the dawning of the The Age of Aquarius"...