Forever Plaid coming to USD Playhouse

Forever Plaid coming to USD Playhouse
The University of South Dakota Playhouse, a new professional summer theatre, launches its inaugural season with Forever Plaid, June 15-17 at 8 p.m., and June 18 at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Tickets for Forever Plaid are $12 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (62+), and $5 for youth (K-12) and university students with valid ID.

Forever Plaid, written by Stuart Ross with musical continuity supervision and arrangements by James Raitt, is a delightful musical revue that features the close harmony of The Plaids, a "guy group" reminiscent of popular singing quartets like The Four Aces, The Ames Brothers and The Crew Cuts from the 1950s.

The action of Forever Plaid centers on four young, male singers whose dreams of recording an album ended when they were killed in a traffic accident. While headed to their first major engagement, The Plaids were broadsided by a bus filled with fans on their way to see the Beatles make their American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The play begins with The Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory � to perform the show that never was. Singing nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s and '60s, including numbers immortalized by Perry Como, Harry Belafonte, Eddie Fisher, and Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Plaids charm and delight audiences with their close harmony, witty dialogue and outlandish choreography.

Classic favorites like Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby, No Not Much, Sixteen Tons, Chain Gang, Catch a Falling Star, Love is a Many Splendored Thing and many others make Forever Plaid an amusing journey down memory lane.

The cast includes Jeremy Gamet (Rapid City) as Sparky, Elliot Graber (Freeman) as Frankie, Edwin Lopez (Canby, MN) as Jinx, and Aaron Paschall (Denver, CO) as Smudge. Monica Jacobson (Tripp) accompanies the action on piano with Tim Miller (Kensington, MD) on bass.

The artistic team is led by Charlotte Guyette (Vermillion), associate professor of theatre at USD, as director. Nanette Hofer (Sioux Falls) serves as musical director and Jonnie Stapleton (South Sioux City, NE) as choreographer. Dan Guyette and Dennis Chandler of Vermillion design the setting and lighting/sound, respectively.

The University of South Dakota Playhouse, funded by a grant from the USD Foundation, is the brainchild of Daniel Guyette, dean of the College of Fine Arts at USD. With this theatrical venture Guyette provides east river audiences with additional opportunities to experience the joy of professional-quality musical theatre.

Following its performances in Vermillion, Forever Plaid will tour to Madison for performances at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse and to Sioux Falls and the historic Orpheum Theater.

Tickets can be reserved by calling (605) 677-5400.

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