2011-10-28 / Arts & Entertainment

Forever Plaid presents Plaid Tidings: A Special Holiday Edition

Contributed by Town Theatre

It’’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Town Theatre... Well, not quite yet but it will beginning November 4 through November 19 after you spend the evening with Jinx, Franky, Sparky and Smudge – better known (or not) as Forever Plaid.

When we last saw our foursome, they had been brought back to Earth to deliver the show they never got to do while they were alive. ( Remember – The Plaids were on their way to pick up their custom made plaid tuxedos when their car was struck by a school bus filled with Catholic teenage girls on their way to see the Beatles debut on Ed Sullivan. The Plaids were killed instantly.) Now they are back again from the ethereal cosmos, but why?

Come sing and swing with Town’s Men of Plaid as they discover their purpose back on Earth – to stage a holiday extravaganza. Our Plaids will not disappoint and, once you see who they are, you’ll understand why.

Tenor Jinx ( who is subject to frequent nose bleeds stemming from singing high notes) is played by Tracy Steele. Tracy’s Town credits include Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific, Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat . The Plaid’s leader, Frankie ( his real name is Frances) is taken by Kyle Collins. Kyle just completed a run as Emile DeBeque in South Pacific. He also portrayed the devil in Damn Yankees and Lancelot in Camelot. The role of Sparky, the Plaid’s “class clown,” is taken by Frank L. Thompson III. Frank’s directorial debut in Columbia was South Pacific. Audiences certainly will remember him as Bob in White Christmas and the Baron in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Walking the bass line as Smudge, the worrier, is Rob Sprankle. Rob has delighted Town’s stage as the title role in The King and I, as Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Billis in South Pacific. Crooning standards like “Strangers in Paradise,” “Besame Mucho,” and "Sh- Boom” as well as delivering a host of holiday classics (with a special Plaid twist), this “dream team” will not disappoint. You don’t want to miss the Plaids in their holiday spectacular!

Created after 9/ 11 when we all needed a little joy and a little cozy holiday fun to lift spirits Plaid Tidings will put you in the mood to appreciate all the good stuff that is always around us!

The show's director is Allison McNeely, musical director is Laura Roberts Adair and choreographer is Shannon Willis Scruggs. The costumer is Donna Harvey and scenic & lighting designer is Danny Harrington.

Plaid Tidings is sponsored by NBSC and Colonial Life. Town Theatre’s 93rd Season is presented by BB& T of South Carolina, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Valpak, and The State newspaper.

Original Forever Plaid vocal and musical arrangements by James Raitt. Vocal and musical arrangements by James Raitt, Brad Ellis, Raymond Berg, David Snyder. Original direction and musical staging by Stuart Ross.

Ticket prices: Adults $20; Senior over 65/Active Military/College $17; Youth (17 and under) $12. Come by the theatre at 1012 Sumter Street or call the box office 803-799-2510 for tickets.

For more information, visit www.towntheatre.com

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