Noelle Hannibal produces and acts in November production of Hair

Experiencing anxieties induced by the recent election results in the United States? Ready to reject society and fully embrace a bohemian lifestyle? In the Wings Promotions will be performing Hair – The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical at Mainline Theatre from November 23-26, and it could be just what the doctor ordered.

Noelle Hannibal is the founder of In the Wings and is playing the role of Sheila in the production. This is her company’s third musical theatre piece. “While we were in the middle of doing The Who’s Tommy last year, I was driving to the theatre and just decided that next, we would do Hair,” said Noelle. “It has always been in the back of my mind, because the last time I was in Hair was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had as an artist.”

Hair takes place in the 1960s, in New York City. It follows a tribe of hippies leading a bohemian lifestyle, protesting the Vietnam War. The storyline follows Claude, a member of the tribe, as he’s drafted to the war and must decide whether to burn his draft card, or to succumb to the pressures of society and join the fight, going against his personal beliefs.

The subject matter is certainly topical, with waves of protests about the new president-elect all over the United States, and much unease to the North in Canada as well. “I feel that the subject matter resonates no matter what the era, because there’s always a war going on, there are always people protesting,” said Noelle. “But I couldn’t have predicted the situation we are in now and the timing of the performances with the election results, I don’t think anyone could have imagined it.”

In the Wings Promotions was founded by Noelle in 2011, and along with producing musical theatre productions, provides public relations for theatre companies and events in Montreal as well as special theatrical events and masterclass series.  “I created my company to provide more opportunities and work for myself and other English musical theatre performers in Montreal,” said Noelle. “This is In the Wings third production and we are learning more, and improving the process, with each show. I’m very excited for everyone to see the hard work that our wonderful cast and crew have put into it.”

Hair will be playing at Mainline Theatre until November 26, click here for more details.

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