The 2015 Blanchard Valley Health System Community Month continues as The Findlay Light Opera Company presents Forever Plaid, directed by Harry Stockton. Forever Plaid will be presented at two different locations – at 7:30 p.m. February 27th & 28th as a dinner theater at Alexandria’s, and 2 p.m. March 1st in a traditional production in The University of Findlay’s Ritz Auditorium. Tickets are available now through The Arts Partnership Box Office.
A revue of the close-harmony “guy groups” like The Four Aces and The Four Freshmen that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s, Forever Plaid tells the story of a quartet of high-school chums whose dreams of recording an album ended in death after a collision with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles’ American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Seth Carey plays Jinx, a shy tenor that lives a terrified life and sometimes gets nosebleeds when he sings above an A. Francis, the asthmatic leader and caretaker of the group is portrayed by David Marquart. Tyler Badertscher fills the role of Sparky, the baritone clown of the group. Finally, Smudge, the worrier of the group with a chronic nervous stomach, is played by Matt Croy.
Forever Plaid begins with the Plaids returning from the afterlife to posthumously take the stage for one final gig. Over the course of the musical audiences are treated to many nostalgic numbers which include: “Three Coins in the Fountain”; “Undecided”; “Gotta Be This or That”; “Moments to Remember”; “Crazy ‘Bout Ya, Baby”; “No, Not Much”; “Sixteen Tons”; “Chain Gang”; “Perfidia”; “Cry”; “Heart and Soul”; “Lady of Spain”; “Scotland the Brave”; “Shangri-La”; “Rags to Riches”; and “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing”.
The February 27th & 28th productions will be held at Alexandria’s in Downtown Findlay. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with a family-style, diner-inspired dinner to be served from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The show will begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available for presale through February 25th at $30.00 each with a meal. Tickets will be available at the door for $20.00 without a meal. A cash bar will be available.
A more traditional production will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1st at the Ritz Auditorium in Old Main on The University of Findlay’s campus. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, and $10.00 for students. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Presale tickets can be purchased by visiting The Arts Partnership’s Box Office located at 618 S. Main Street in Findlay, calling 419-422-4624, or by visiting artspartnership.com.
The Findlay Light Opera Company was founded in 1988 by Findlay residents with a love of the arts. Since that date the Findlay Light Opera Company has strived to provide a venue for local performers to cultivate and showcase their talents while presenting the greater Findlay area with a high quality, professionally directed stage shows.