The current Castleton State College production Chicago is calling for the ‘20s style bob haircut for the actresses and hair designer Staci Jedlick came up with the idea of putting all that chopped off hair to good use.
So on March 2, the theatre department will be hosting an event to cut their hair, and the hair of anyone else, and donate it to Locks of Love.
“I thought about the girls we had … how they all had really long hair. Then I realized that we could be giving it back by donating to Locks of Love,” Jedlick said.
Anyone can get a haircut, with the only cost being the hair that is cut and donated, she said. Donors must have at least 10 inches cut in order to qualify for donations and only hair that has been bleached is not accepted, according to Locks of Love policy.
“It’s a great thing … We’re hoping people will come out. I don’t know if they will, but we really hope they do,” said Harry McEnerny, chair of the theatre department and director of Chicago.
Two hairdressers, who are related to members of the cast, will be volunteering their time to come in and cut and style the hair. There is already a lot of support from the cast with 16 of the 21 actresses agreeing to get the flapper doo and donate their hair.
“I’m one of those crazy people who likes to switch it up all the time. I’m so excited I can’t wait,” said senior Robynn Stanley.
Not everyone is as pumped as Stanley about cutting their hair though. Christine Newburg, a junior with hair well past her waist, is a little apprehensive.
“I’m so nervous. My hair hasn’t been shorter than my shoulders since the 6th grade. I don’t like my hair short, but it’s going to a good cause,” Newburg said.
The chopping of the locks will take place at 11 a.m. in the costume shop of the
Fine Arts Center. All hair donations will be sent to the Locks of Love headquarters, located in Palm Beach, Fla. All donations will then be made into hairpieces for children under the age of 21 suffering from long-term hair loss related to any medical diagnosis, according to Locks of Love Communications Director Lauren Kukkamaa.
Told about the effort on Friday, Kukkamaa called it a “great story” and said some may not realize how important the hair donations are to the lives of ill kids. She also praised the participants saying she realizes how hard it is to give up hair.
“It’s such a unique way to give back. We love hearing stories like this,” she said.
But the effort isn’t without at least one regret.
“The one thing that bothers me about this is that I’m not going to be able to cut my hair to donate, it’s already too short,” Jedlick said.