‘Forever Plaid’ returns to PTC

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 5:11 p.m.
The cast of the popular Penobscot Theatre production, “Forever Plaid,” will reunite for four performances Oct. 20-23 at Bangor Opera House.
COURTESY OF PENOBSCOT THEATRE
The cast of the popular Penobscot Theatre production, “Forever Plaid,” will reunite for four performances Oct. 20-23 at Bangor Opera House.
The cast of the popular Penobscot Theatre production, “Forever Plaid,” will reunite for four performances Oct. 20-23 at Bangor Opera House.
COURTESY OF PENOBSCOT THEATRE
The cast of the popular Penobscot Theatre production, “Forever Plaid,” will reunite for four performances Oct. 20-23 at Bangor Opera House.

BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre, Bangor’s professional theater company, has announced the return of “Forever Plaid.” The original four actors from PTC’s production of “Forever Plaid” — Nathan Halvorson, Ben Layman, Joshua Schmersal and Dominick Varney — will reunite for four performances Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 20-23, at the historic Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St.

“‘Forever Plaid’ and its sequel, ‘Plaid Tidings,’ were two of the biggest successes in Penobscot Theatre’s 38-year history,” said Interim Artistic Director Nathan Halvorson. “The community has truly embraced these four guys. This special engagement is our gift to the die-hard ‘Plaid’ fans as well as a chance for those who missed the original productions to get in on the magic.”

“Forever Plaid” centers on four young, eager male singers — “The Plaids” — who are killed when they get run over by a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls who are on their way to see The Beatles perform for the first time on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

The Plaids are miraculously revived for the one and only chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. The show features rich and complex four-part harmonies, charming choreography and hysterical performances. With more than two dozen hit songs including “Three Coins in A Fountain,” “Chain Gang,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Cry” and “Heart and Soul,“ The Plaids are sure to delight all theatergoers.

The production features scenic and prop design by Erik D. Diaz, costume design by Anna-Marlies Hunter and lighting design by Jonathan Spencer. It also reunites the original Plaid band — Colin Graebert, music director and piano; Chris Viner, drums; and Gaylen Smith, bass.

As a special bonus, the audience of “Forever Plaid” will get a sneak peek at Bangor’s next musical sensation, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” playing Oct. 26-Nov. 13 at the Bangor Opera House.

This show, created by Roger Bean, tells the story of four high school best friends at their prom and at their 10-year reunion through the music of the ’50s and ’60s that was popularized by women. The cast comprises Brianne Beck, Sara Dobrinich, Melissa Hammans and Christie Robinson.

The Penobscot Theatre Company will present “Forever Plaid” at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Oct. 21-22 and 3 p.m. Oct. 23. Tickets are $20-$35 at 942-3333 or http://penobscottheatre.org.

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