The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 28, 2012

Cresson Lake Playhouse bringing 'Plaid Tidings' to courthouse

EBENSBURG — The truly eternal teenagers in plaid are back for a special holiday musical presented by Cresson Lake Playhouse.

A new show titled “Forever Plaid – Plaid Tidings” offers the best of “Forever Plaid” wrapped up in a Christmas bundle of fun.

Director Jim Pollino of Ebensburg said the musical offers a wonderful prelude into the holiday season.

“The show is a wonderful blend of harmonies and humor in the style of the ‘Plaids,’ ” Pollino said.

All performances of “Forever Plaid – Plaid Tidings” will be  held in the 500-seat Courtroom A of the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with matinees at 2 on Saturday and Sunday.

“Plaid Tidings” is the holiday sequel to “Forever Plaid.”

The holiday production is one of the favorite events during the seventh annual “Dickens of a Christmas” in Ebensburg, and something for the entire family.

Music direction will be provided by Jim Burket of Ebensburg.

“This is the third season in a row we are doing the show, so I guess you could say we are back by popular demand,” Pollino said.

Like the original show, “Plaid Tidings” revolves around the performance of a quartet of singers from the late 1950s and early ’60s, who died as they were about to become famous.

In “Forever Plaid,” they returned to earth for a single concert that would fulfill their promise and gain them closure.

“Plaid Tidings” finds them returning from their well-earned rest in limbo to help create a little harmony in a troubled world.

The cast includes Pollino as Jinx; Dave Moses of Hollidaysburg as Frankie; Earl Cooper of Sidman as Smudge; and Pollino’s son, David, as Sparky.

At first, the “Plaids” aren’t sure why they have returned, but a telephone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney informed them that they were needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world.

“The boys come back expecting a regular show, but go into a panic when they discover it’s a Christmas show,” Pollino said.

“After singing ‘Strangers in Paradise’ and ‘Shaboom,’ they come to the realization that they have to adapt to Christmas.”

Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites such as their riotous versions of “The Ed Sullivan Show” – this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir, and a “Plaid Caribbean Christmas,” which puts the “Bay-O” in excelsis.

“We will be singing ‘Matilda,’ only with Christmas lyrics,” Pollino said.

“We call it our calypso Christmas tribute.”

All the men will be in tuxedos.

“It is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit,” Pollino said.

“The courthouse is a different type of stage space and offers a few challenges because there is no presidium like most stages.”

Pollino said he is importing a portable sound system that will help project the performers’ voices.

“This is actually an intimate setting and people will be up close,” Pollino said.

“Someone will be chosen to be part of the show.”

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 472-4333 or at the door.

Prices are $17 for adults and $10 for students younger than age 18.

Information 472-4333.

Holiday production

What: “Forever Plaid – Plaid Tidings.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets: 472-4333 or at the door.

Cost: $17 for adults and $10 for students younger than age 18.

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