Photo Flash: First Look at FOREVER PLAID, Opening Tonight at the Beck Center
Beck Center for the Arts presents FOREVER PLAID, written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, with musical continuity supervision and arrangements by James Raitt. This production is directed and choreographed by Martín Céspedes with musical direction by Bryan Bird and runs tonight, September 12, through October 12, 2014, 8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays on the Mackey Main Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below!
Written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, Forever Plaid a deliciously goofy musical comedy that centers on four eager singers whose dreams of making it big end with a bus collision on the way to their first big concert. Miraculously revived from the afterlife, they fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. The Plaids sing in the closest of harmony, squabble over the smallest intonations, and execute charmingly outlandish choreography to some of the greatest nostalgic hits of the 1950s such as "Three Coins in the Fountain," "Rags to Riches," "Chain Gang," "Catch a Falling Star" and more.
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), this production of Forever Plaid is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.
Cast of Characters: Smudge - Brian Altman; Sparky - Josh Rhett Noble*; Frankie - Shane Patrick O'Neill; Jinx - Matthew Ryan Thompson; Nice Box Lady - Hayley Baran; and Narrator - Matt McClure. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of actors and stage managers.
Creative Team: Stage Manager - Diana D'Alessandro; Assistant Stage Managers - Hayley Baran; Assistant to the Choreographer - Holly Kay Harris; Lighting Designer and Technical Director - Joseph Carmola; Costume Designer - Aimee Kluiber; Scenic Designer - Aaron Benson; Sound Designer - Carlton Guc; Sound Operator - Cyrus Taylor; Technical Assistant - Dan Folino; Carpenters - Shawn Delaney, Patrick Ciamacco; Wardrobe Mistress - Deanna Cechowski; Props Graphic Designer - Brian Altman; Follow Spots - Julia Aylward, Mary Kahelin, Ryan Kelly, Tony Weishar; Props - Julia Aylward, Jean Fyfe; and Crew - Libby White. **Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
Photo Credit: Kathy Sandham