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'Plaid' looks good in theater

Musical returns to Hagerstown stage this weekend

Musical returns to Hagerstown stage this weekend

January 03, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

"Forever Plaid," the musical that features popular songs of the 1950s, is back for three more shows this weekend at the Washington County Playhouse and Dinner Theatre in Hagerstown.

The playhouse had a successful run for the show in September, but some people who wanted to see the show but couldn't make it then, said Zane Oberholzer Jr., who directs and performs for the show.

"Forever Plaid," written by Stuart Ross, has been performed at several Tri-State-area theaters in recent years.

"It's a very fun show," Oberholzer said. "And a lot of people can relate to it because the guys are really nice guys and the characters are characters everyone can relate to."

The guys are four young, eager singers who are killed on their way to their first concert, but are revived for a posthumous chance to perform.

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Oberholzer said it's important to have four actors who can sing and work well together so it looks as if the singing quartet grew up together and has performed together for years.

Three of the four actors in the show have known each other for years, Oberholzer said. One of them, Sam Specht, moved back to the area in 2007, so the timing was great to do "Forever Plaid," Oberholzer said.

The musical features several songs that older people have enjoyed, Oberholzer said. Younger people probably have heard the songs before, but through the show can learn where the songs came from.

The songs include "Three Coins in the Fountain," "Sixteen Tons," "Cry" and "Love is a Many Splendored Thing."




If you go ...



WHAT: "Forever Plaid"

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 4, through Sunday, Jan. 6. On Friday and Saturday, doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner; show at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, doors open at 1 p.m. with dinner; show at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Washington County Playhouse and Dinner Theatre, 44 N. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. The entrance is in back off the alley.

COST: $30 for adults; $26 for ages 62 and older and students; $17.50 for ages 12 and younger

MORE: For tickets and more information, call 301-739-7469.

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