Windsor, N.J. -- Shore Repertory Theatre Company will make
its first appearance ever at Mercer County Community College's
Kelsey Theatre with the hit Off-Broadway musical revue, "Forever
Plaid." Recipient of the 2009 New Jersey Association
of Community Theaters "Perry" Award for Outstanding
Production of a Musical, the company presents performances
on Fridays, August 19 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, August
20 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, August 21 and 28 at 2
p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college's
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with
the cast and crew follows the opening night show on Aug. 19.
Written by Stuart Ross, the charming and hilarious show takes
audiences on a trip to Fiftiesville with Sparky, Jinx, Smudge
and Frankie, a fictional 1950's guy group. Tragically struck
down in a car crash before their first big gig, "The
Plaids" will be brought back to earth to take the stage
one last time.
"This is a musical for all ages to enjoy and experience
together," Producer Jan Topoleski says. "For many
people, the music will evoke fond memories of the 1950's.
Others will discover this genre for the very first time. The
songs are elegantly arranged in tight, slick four-part harmony.
What really wins people's hearts, though, are the characters
performing the work."
The show features many top songs from the 50's hits chart,
including "Lady of Spain," "Three Coins in
the Fountain," "Heart and Soul," "Sixteen
Tons," "Catch a Falling Star," and "Shangri-La."
The Plaids will also perform romantic ballads such as "Moments
to Remember," as well as pure comedy such as "The
Ed Sullivan Show in Three Minutes and 11 Seconds," featuring
impersonations of José Jimenez, the Singing Nun and
"The Plaids," from left, Jan Topoleski, Joe Zachowski,
Matt Rae and Joe Ficarra (Beachwood).