Forever Plaid
by Fredericksburg Theater Company

Jun. 11 - Jun. 12


High school pals Sparky, Jinx, Smudge, and Francis -- the “Plaids” -- are a talented “guy group” -- just four nice young men who love singing harmony. On the way to their first big gig, tragedy strikes. The young men linger in limbo until the conjunction of various “astro-technical” phenomena allow them to return to Earth, perform their final concert, and hopefully win a place in Heaven -- and the deluxe plaid dinner jackets of their dreams. Will they overcome asthma, ulcers, nerves, and forgotten lyrics? Will they find the perfect chord? This smash hit musical is an affectionate homage to the close-harmony 'guy groups' that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s. Featuring twenty-nine spectacular popular hits such as “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “16 Tons,” and “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” Forever Plaid is a heavenly perfect show!

 

 


Auditions for FTC’s Summer Finale Forever Plaid will be held Saturday, June 11th, 2022 at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 12th at 2:00 p.m. at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 Highway 87 South in Fredericksburg. The production will be directed by Daniel Melton. Actors must sign up in advance for a 5-minute time slot. To reserve a time slot, call the theater office at 888-997-3588.

For auditions, you will need to prepare 32 bars of a show tune, or a verse and chorus. You may choose a song from the show or another song that best shows your vocal range and abilities. A CD player and MP3 hookup will be available. A keyboard and accompanist will also be present. No acapella auditions please.

There will be a brief dance/movement auditions, so please dress accordingly. Actors will also be asked to read scenes from the script. Scripts will be available to be checked out from the FTC Box Office. 

Video auditions may also be submitted. All video auditions must be sent to Executive Director Steve Reily at fbgtheaterco@verizon.net with the subject line “Forever Plaid Auditions”. If you have any questions, you can email the theater office at fbgtheaterco@verizon.net with the subject line “Forever Plaid Auditions.”

 

Schedule:

Rehearsals are typically Monday through Friday, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

August 15 -18 are Technical/Dress Rehearsals. For the success of the production, attendance at these rehearsals and at all performances is mandatory for the entire cast and crew.

 

Performances: 

Thursday, August 18 at 7:30 pm (Preview)

August 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. – August 21 and 28 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Character Breakdown:

Francis

The leader and caretaker of the group. Confident. Asthmatic. He has a great deal of compassion for the music and the group. Romantic crooner and spiritual singer.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 45

Vocal range top: B5

Vocal range bottom: F3

 

Sparky

The clown of the group, who is shown to have a heart. Very sharp and loves singing his tailor-made solos. Wears a retainer and has a slight speech impediment. Energetic and clever.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 45

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: F3

 

Jinx

The shy one. He lives his life terrified and doesn't always remember what song comes next. Sparky's step-brother, he occasionally gets a nosebleed when he sings above an A.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 45

Vocal range top: C6

Vocal range bottom: F3

 

Smudge

The worrier. He worries about the props, the running order, and always assumes the audience won't like him. Has chronic nervous stomach and is oddly reluctant to perform. Wears glasses, which hides his good looks and sex appeal.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 45

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: F3