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Fifties tunes highlight laugh-fillled musical

"Forever Plaid," a hilarious musical, will kick off the 1998-'99 SHSU performing arts calendar in the newly remodeled Showcase Theatre with five performance slated Sept. 2 - 5.

Dedicated to the "good guys" of the 1950s, "Plaid" is the story of four nerdy crooners with angelic voices who are "snuffed out mid-coda" on the way to their first "big gig" at the Airport Hilton Cocktail Bar. After a little divine intervention, the group is allowed to stage the career-launching performance they were cheated out of.

The Plaids, an endearing harmony group, perform a wide range of popular fifties tunes including: "Catch a Falling Star," "Chain Gang," "Cry," " Heart and Soul," "Love is a Many splendored Thing," "Moments to Remember," "No Not Much," "Rags to Riches," " Sixteen Tons," and " Three Coins in the Fountain."

The SHSU Department of Theatre and Dance presentation of "Forever Plaid" will be directed by senior musical theatre major Shay Rogers. The show features musical theatre majors Scott Sidler, as Sparky; Greg Graham, as Jinx; Tyler Jones, as Frankie; and Casey Burden, as Smudge.

The "Forever Plaid" set design is by Mandy Heinold, a senior theatre major; lights are by Patrick Pearson, a senior musical theatre major; and costume design is by Becjt Kemp, a theatre and dance graduate.

The show will play at 8 p.m. nightly with a special 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Tickets are $12 for general admission or $10 with a valid SHSU or senior citizen ID. Group rates are also available. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call (409) 294-1330.

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Media Contact: Phillip Rollfing
Aug. 28, 1998
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