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Whopping wigs for Wynette

Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, continues the run of the musical biography of Tammy Wynette with “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story.” The country star’s story runs Sept. 3-6 and 10-13 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $26 for general admission, $23 for seniors and $20 for children/students. For the run of “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story,” GVT will offer a pre-show dinner catered by the Mason Jar, at an additional $20 per person. For tickets or more information, call the GVT Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.

“Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story,” delves into the life of one of country music’s most popular artists. Wynette became known for her powerful country voice and her ability to vocalize heartache. Like many stars of the age, Wynette was also known for her flashy country style and her big hair.

Costume designer Sherry Harper-McCombs assembled a wonderful wardrobe that encapsulates Wynette’s fashion through her career. Harper-McCombs used beaded dresses and embellished jackets to form Wynette’s glitzy style. However, to get the Wynette look just right, the hair would be the key.

To help create the memorable hairstyles of Wynette, GVT’s Costume Shop Manager, Jenna Fawn Brown, enlisted the help of local hairdresser Marcia Blum who styled five wigs to replicate the hair of the iconic country star, using images of Wynette to inform the styles. Each wig represents a decade in Wynett’s life and career. She re-created five decades worth of hairstyles including the popular ‘60s bubble flip and ‘80s poof, for the two actors playing Wynette. She also styled seven other wigs for the show.

Blum who has been styling hair since the early ‘70s commented that while she was all too familiar with the once-popular hairstyles, the challenge came from working with the wigs. The synthetic strands completely changed how Blum approached the “hair.” She used techniques that would normally be too harsh for human hair but which will help the wigs maintain their style through the run of the show, including plenty of hairspray.

See all of Blum’s wigs in “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story.” For tickets or more information, call the GVT Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.Whopping Wigs for tammy3_003

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