Big hair, voices bring back hits in Waco Civic Theatre’s latest musical

Beehive Poster 1 FTWBy Haley Davis

At Waco Civic Theatre, the bigger the hair, the closer to God. Their newest production of “Beehive: The ’60s Musical” has big hair and classic songs.

This musical revue follows the changes of women’s music in the 1960s. The show’s narrator tells the story of her teenage years through flashbacks, some fantasied, using popular tunes during the time period.

“This is a feel-good show,” said Jenni Holley, a cast member and show choreographer. “Older people can reminisce with the music they grew up with and younger people can be introduced to 1960s hit songs and dances.”

The musical also deals with historical issues during the decade as well, including racial segregation, Kennedy’s assassination and the Vietnam War.

“People should come see the show because it’s got a fantastic cast and music,” director George Boyd said. “It’s a little bit of history too.”

The all-female ensemble cast portrays famous artists such as The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, and Tina Turner. The show only features music by women.

“The grand finale is huge,” said the show’s narrator, Carol Dugate. “Everyone is on stage and sings ‘Make your Own Kind of Music.’ It’s an amazing ending.”

The cast and crew are all from Waco and the surrounding areas. Several are even Baylor alumni.

“The diversity of the talent and cast of women of all ages really makes the show great,” said Chip Thompson, the show’s stage manager.

The cast has been practicing since early August. They all love the excitement and songs of the show and have enjoyed working together and being able to meet new people.

The women said even after working full-time jobs all day, they can’t wait to get to practice and see each other. They get a second burst of energy and the practice time flies by.

“People should come to celebrate the vibe of the ’60s that are seasoned by the famous women songbirds of that decade,” cast member D.L.R. Mayes said.