ArtisTree's Music Theatre Festival Presents: Forever Plaid
Forever Plaid: The Heavenly Hit Musical
Written and conceived by Stuart Ross
Forever Plaid is a stroll down memory lane with the beautiful harmonies of the 1950s and 60s. Featuring pop classics and clever patter that will have you rolling in the aisles — when you’re not humming along with the great hits of that era.
The endearing story is as follows: “On a stormy night in the 1960s, four eager singers known as ‘The Plaids’ — Sparky, Jinx, Frankie, and Smudge — are killed in a car crash on the way to their first big gig. In 2019, they get one chance to return from the afterlife and bop-shoo-bop their way through classic hits like ‘Love is a Many Splendored Thing,’ ‘Three Coins in the Fountain,’ ‘Sixteen Tons,’ and many more. You’ll delight in their zany, boyish squabbles and charmingly outlandish choreography as they pay an affectionate homage to the close-harmony male singing groups of the 1950s, and fulfill their dreams by performing the show that never was.
Directed by Morgan Sills
Forever Plaid runs October 10-26, 2019 at the Grange Theatre in South Pomfret, VT.
Forever Plaid: The Heavenly Hit Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
About the ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival:
ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival offers a season of live, professional musical theatre productions that run from August to October each year. Our Festival is modeled after the “summer stock” tradition of staging shows: we use a resident company of actors and artists to create a series of musicals, with an all-new production presented every few weeks across our three-month season.
The actors, designers, technicians, and musicians of the ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival come from all over the United States. They hold degrees in theatre, and while some of our guest stars are veterans of the Broadway stage, many others are just beginning their professional careers. The Festival offers them a variety of diverse, legitimate credits for their resumes; most of our actors and directors are transplants to New York City, where the theatre action is.
Our creative team is led by festival artistic director, Josh D. Smith. Each year, he and his staff sort through nearly 800 applications, headshots, and résumés; conduct interviews; and hold auditions both locally and in New York City to assemble the finest amalgam of artists we could provide for our season.
For our 2017 inaugural repertoire, we presented the very popular Always…Patsy Cline, Godspell, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. Feedback from the community about the quality of the productions –and what was seen as an exemplary use of the historic Grange Theatre –enabled us to return with a very exciting second season featuring I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Fantasticks, and SUDS: The Rocking ‘60s Soap Opera.
We were also are very pleased to announce a 2018 partnership with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Our ongoing association with them enables the festival to be recognized as a Small Professional Theatre (SPT). This allows us to employ more seasoned professionals alongside up-and-coming young artists. Starting next season, we also will be able to provide Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) points, helping to further the professional theatre careers of aspiring newcomers.