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The Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department’s Art Park Players will perform “Forever Plaid” throughout the month of February.
According to Susan Mele, Artistic Managing Supervisor and Director of the production, the musical is a family-friendly, hilarious story of four performers who – after being killed in a traffic accident on their way to their first big gig – are allowed to come back to life to perform the show they never got to in life.
“I directed this show 20 years ago with the Art Park Players, and we are so excited to once again bring ‘Forever Plaid’ to the stage in Deer Park,” Mele said. “It’s not often you see a show that just makes you smile, but this is one of them. There’s lots of humor and lots of songs our audience will remember and love including ‘Chain Gang’ and ‘Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.’
“We hope to see our entire community come out to see this heartwarming show!”
The Art Park Players’ production of Forever Plaid will feature J.T. Fischer as “Frankie,” Taylor Fisher as “Smudge,” McCade Fletcher as “Jinx,” and Dr. Tommy Hysler as “Sparky,” the four singers who dreamed of performing like their idols, real-life groups like The Four Aces, The Hi-Los and The Crew Cuts.
The writer and original director and choreographer of the musical, Stuart Ross, wrote a particularly touching description describing his work.
“When most of us think of the 1950s, we think of rock ‘n’ roll greasers, hot rods, Elvis, Annette, Fabian, D.A., haircuts and teenage rebellion. But there was a flip side to this era – the side of harmony, innocence and the sincerity of dreams,” Ross wrote. “It was a period when four-part guy groups harmonized their way across the airwaves, jukeboxes and hi-fis of the country. This is the story of such a group – Forever Plaid.”
“Forever Plaid” will be performed on February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23, with Friday and Saturday evening performances beginning at 8PM (meal served at 7PM), and Sunday matinee performances beginning at 2PM (meal served at 1PM). The performances will be held at 1302 Center Street.
Show-only tickets are available for $15, and meal/show tickets are available for $30, through the Art Park Players Box Office at 281-794-2448.
“Forever Plaid” features musical continuity supervision and arrangements by James Raitt.
Mele wished to acknowledge Alex Musgrove (Musical Direction), Joe Piper (Technical Direction) and Accompanist Lonnie Tanner. Mele and Fisher managed choreography for the production.