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El Dorado Hills barber clips 63 heads of hair for retro look in new show

EDMT's new show opens April 19 at Three Stages in Folsom
By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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EL DORADO HILLS, CA - In a few short weeks, more than 100 actors will take the stage for the latest production of El Dorado Musical Theatre, but first, they need to transform themselves and that’s where a local tonsorial artist put his skills to work.

On April 3, more than 60 young men and boys lined up at World Famous Barber Jon’s in El Dorado Hills to have their hair cut into a 1960s style.

For 17-year-old Zack Collins, the retro hair style was something of which to be proud.

“I’m digging it,” he said. “It’s a little bit classic. … I always said I was born in the wrong generation, so what better place to get my hair cut than here?”

Jon Rivera, owner of the shop, said it’s about supporting the community. According to EDMT’s Rick Wilson, Rivera donated 63 haircuts for the show and also offered touch ups a week or two after the April 19 opening.

“Jon is always a good supporter of the community and charitable organizations,” Wilson said.

The haircuts would be right at home on the set of TV’s “Mad Men,” but instead will be another aspect of authenticity for the show “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at Three Stages in Folsom.

Rivera’s shop, located near local landmark The Purple Place, is at 381 Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills.

Andrew Wilson, 17, was looking forward to the new ‘do.

“I always go to Barber Jon’s so I’m very happy,” he sad. “It’s also nice to make this a very social gathering to get the haircuts. It’s fun.”

For the barber and his crew, it’s all in a day’s work.

“This is my life blood,” Rivera said. “This is what I do. For any barber worth his salt in a community, it’s his job to participate in all types of charities and fundraisers. And, besides, regardless of any turmoil going on in the world, this (kind of thing) is what makes the U.S.A. a great place.”

Rick Wilson said Barber Jon’s is “the ultimate man cave,” so it made the cut-a-thon even more fun.

Kent Anderson, 10, of Folsom, agreed.

The Sandra J. Gallardo School student looked forward to sporting a retro hair style.

“I think it’s actually pretty cool,” he said as Rivera clipped his hair short and tight.

To learn more about the show, see edmt.info or threestages.net.