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‘Forever Plaid’ coming to town

June 8, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - It will be a celebration of the music of the 1950s and 1960s as the Steubenville High School Thespians present "Forever Plaid" June 15-16 in the high school auditorium.

"Forever Plaid" is the story of Jinx, Sparky, Francis and Smudge, four young male singers from Eastern Pennsylvania who landed their first gig at the airport Hilton lounge in 1964. On their way to pick up their new "plaid" tuxedos, they are slammed broadside by a bus of teenagers on their way to a Beatles concert. That's where the story begins, as the boys are given a second chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the concert that never was. Singing in the 1950s four-part harmony by artists and groups such as Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, The Four Lads and the Amos Brothers, the show includes such hits as "Three Coins in a Fountain," "Sixteen Tons," "Heart and Soul," and "Love is a Many Splendored Thing."

The four stars of "Forever Plaid" are members of the SHS Thespian Troupe 5393 and are presenting the performance as a fundraiser for the 2013-14 school year. The Thespian troupe at SHS is comprised of 46 juniors and seniors who have dedicated more than 100 hours to performances of the SHS Drama club, according to Scott Wolodkin, Thespian adviser.

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SPECIAL SHOW — Four young singers, from left, Noah McAllister, as Smudge; Dominic DiCarlo, as Francis; Adam Andresen, as Sparky; and Joey Nodianos, as Jinx, will lead in the music of the 1950s and ‘60s in the Steubenville High School production of “Forever Plaid” set June 15-16 in the high school auditorium. -- Contributed

"This year over 35 new members were inducted into the society at a ceremony in early May. At this event there will be a Chinese auction as well as the performance," Wolodkin said.

Adam Andresen, who portrays Sparky, as well as Dominic Di Carlo, Francis; Joey Nodianos, Jinx; and Noah McAllister, Smudge, will be the headliners for the event.

Written and originally directed by Stuart Ross, this musical is under the direction of Wolodkin, who also is theater director at the high school. Wolodkin said he chose the musical to help celebrate the Dean Martin weekend of festivities, which gets under way Thursday and continues with various events Friday and Saturday.

"I felt not only would the boys love to perform a show like this, but to be able to produce it during the Dean Martin weekend it makes for the perfect fundraiser," he said.

Tickets for the production can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the box office in the high school commons area.

Tickets are $10, and all seats are reserved.

For ticket reservations or information, call (740) 282-9741 during regular school hours.

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