By Wendy Shaer
Summer of 67 – Story Line
The year is 1967. It is an era that has awakened to the dawn of a new time, a new generation of free thinkers, anti- establishment, and promoters of political and social change. The scenes of the musical are moved along in a “Greek Chorus” kind of way, by 4 “Mommas & Pappas type characters called “The Movers & The Shakers.” They help tell the story of a girl Georgie who is 18 and strives to find her place in the world, as far away from her parents’ generation as she can get. She spends all her time in Yorkville, at the all- night coffee shops, listening to the music of Joni Mitchel and Gordon Lightfoot. Georgie decides to run away, and follow Joni Mitchell to Greenwich Village, which leads her on her journey.
In New York, she is introduced to a colorful group of beatniks, hippies and artists and falls in love with Danny, a musician. Here, she also meets a woman “Windsong”, who befriends her. We’re never really sure who this woman is, her guardian angel? maybe. Georgie, along with Danny and a few other hippies she meets, feels compelled to continue to where the “scene” really is- San Francisco. Georgie and her friends, and a few of over 100,000 young people from around the world, finally reach Haight-Ashbury, a melting pot of music, psychoactive drugs, sexual freedom, creative expression, and politics.
The “Summer of Love”, 1967, became the defining moment of the 1960’s for hippies to experience the free food, free drugs and free love that was available in the Golden Gate Park. When our group join a commune, Georgie’s old-fashioned upbringing and morals, soon helped her realize that sharing everything was not what she had envisioned as free-thinking. The Haight-Ashbury and the neighborhood scene quickly deteriorated. Overcrowding, homelessness, hunger, drug problems, and crime afflicted the neighborhood. Soon Georgie and Danny become disillusioned with the hippie movement and their idealistic intentions, so when Georgie decides she wants to go home, Danny confesses he is running and shows her his letter ordering him to report for duty. On October 6, 1967, those remaining in the Haight staged a mock funeral, “The Death of the Hippie” ceremony, to signal the end of the played-out scene. It was a signal that this was the end of it. It was time for the Flower Children to return home and bring new ideas, ideals, behaviors and styles to their own culture. After the ceremony, Georgie and Danny head home to Toronto, thanks to the generosity of Windsong, who gives them a unique journey home across the border into Canada. Georgie and Danny arrive home to a very unexpected welcoming and an ending that will have them dancing in the aisles.
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Georgie – She is an eighteen year old girl anxious to spread her wings. She is frustrated
with her family especially her parents. They don’t understand her need to
make a difference in the world.
Jean – Georgie’s mother. A woman of the forties. A homemaker, mother and wife. She
was a singer in the big band entertaining the troupes during WWII. She still sings in a band, but her number one focus is her family.
Joe – Georgie’s father. Was a musician in a big band entertaining the troupes during
WWII. He still plays in a band. He is old fashioned and a traditionalist.
Marion – Georgie’s Godmother. She is a women’s activist.
Danny – Handsome musician 20 – 24 years of age. Becomes Georgie’s love interest.
Windsong – Mysterious Mother Earth type of Character. Not sure exactly who she is
or where she comes from.
Sarah – Georgie’s oldest sister
Kelly – Georgie’s friend. A party girl, who likes to be where the action is.
Chris – Danny’s friend and band member. Quiet.
Movers & Shakers (4- 2 men, 2 women) They are the singing group that keeps the
scenes moving and joins in each scene as backup singers and observers.
Dancers (4 – 6)
Chorus A (Young)
Protesters, patrons of the cafes, church choir, Hippies
Chorus B (Older)
Protesters, patrons of the cafes, Police Officers, church choir
Chorus Solo Parts
Joni – Joni Mitchell- type person to sing Both Sides Now
David – mid 20’s – 30’s protest leader, sings “For What it’s Worth”
Grace – Grace Slick (Red Queen) – type person to sing “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love”
Reverend –At the Church, sings “All You Need Is Love”
Chorus Features (non-singing/non-speaking)
Old couple at the seniors home (2)
Vendor at the Hippie Shop
Vendor at the Flower Shop
Man in white