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Newsfront - June 27, 2008

'Wigged Out' on way out?

Beloved hair salon cabaret looking for a new home

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Last Saturday's finale of "Wigged Out" was more than a season's end. It was the last performance held at Victoria's Hair Onstage, which has been sold to another salon that will not include the campy comedy in its offerings.

"What we had at the hair salon was unique," said Jeff Seaberg, director and producer.

The cabaret-style comedy had its beginnings with stylist Vickie Brooks who owned a popular Danville salon. As the stylists worked together day after day, they realized many of them had dramatic talent, and began to present small skits some evenings in the salon setting. From there it developed into the professional quality shows produced by Seaberg, using entertainers who perform throughout the Bay Area.

The cast of 15 would sing, dance, act and tell jokes, garbed in costume after costume to fit their multiple roles. One fan called it "Saturday Night Live, a Beach Blanket Babylon and an x-rated talent show all rolled into one."

Five years ago, Brooks sold her salon to Don Greene, said Seaberg, and he picked up where she'd left off. But the new owners have other plans, and Seaberg has been searching for a new home for the "Wigged Out" troupe.

"We could reinvent ourselves a lot of different ways," he said. "If we're not in a salon, we don't have to make stories revolve around a salon. That was the gimmick that made us unique. But we could do something that fits into a traditional theater space. We could reinvent ourselves as dinner theater."

"Wigged Out," although setting its stories in a hair salon, was constantly reinventing itself to stay up with current events.

"We've got a really talented writing staff," said Seaberg. "We have a political section and we were able to update."

Seaberg philosophizes that "an ending is always a new beginning."

"I'm confident that change will be an interesting improvement," he said. "We are moving forward with the same wackiness and persistence that gets us the same silly show every year."

The group has been focusing on its last season and moving out of the salon rather than searching for a new home. Seaberg also runs Danville's summer musical theater children's camps.

"It's sort of the yin and yang that is me - a show for grownups and the kids show, which is near and dear to me," said Seaberg, a Danville resident.

But now he is exploring opportunities for the company of actors and says he has had some interesting discussions.

"There are lots of spaces around," said Seaberg, mentioning venues throughout the Bay Area. "We'd like to stay local. That's where our fan base is."

"We could do anything from getting another small space or completely turn around and reinvent the wheel and do something on a grander scale," he added. "We'll land on our feet somewhere."