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August 17, 2006

The pattern of 'Forever Plaid'

Totem Pole Playhouse's final show of the summer season, "Forever Plaid," is a musical, comic tribute to the guy groups of the '50s and '60s. The story follows the journey of a group of singers on their way to their first gig. Their dreams of superstardom are cut short in a collision with a school bus. Through quasi-divine intervention, these crooners with angelic voices come back to do the show they never got to do in real life.

Totem Pole's production features, from left, Darren Server, David Perlman, Meyer de Leeuw and Chad Coudriet. Classic songs include "Three Coins in The Fountain," "Heart and Soul," "Sixteen Tons" and a calypso parody. A post-show discussion will take place Saturday, Aug. 19. Call 717-352-2164 or 888-805-7056 or e-mail boxoffice@totempoleplayhouse.org.

'Wizard' is full of magic

Washington County Playhouse presents "The Wizard of Oz," the musical story of a girl from Kansas who flies over a rainbow to a magical land with witches and talking scarecrows. Fridays, Saturdays and most Sundays through Saturday, Sept. 9. The Washington County Playhouse dinner theater is at 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. For showtimes and ticket information, call 301-739-7469.

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'Fiddler on the Roof'

FREDERICK, Md. - The story of a poor Jewish dairyman, trying to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his faith in the face of changing social values. Performances Friday and Saturday evenings, select Thursday evenings and alternating Sunday matinees. Continues through Saturday, Aug. 26. Way Off Broadway, 5 Willowdale Drive. Tickets are $36 and $38. Call the box office at 301-662-6600 or go to www.wayoffbroadway.com.

'Into the Woods'

BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. - An irreverent fairy tale featuring an ambivalent Cinderella, a Prince Charming with a roving eye, a not-so-shy Little Red Riding Hood, and a witch that raps. Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with surprising results. Continues through Sunday, Sept. 3. Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse. For reservations, call 717-258-3211 or go to www.allenberry.com.

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