Starting Tuesday, four local men will transform into a 50s harmony quartet doing one last show as the musical “Forever Plaid” opens on the Veale Creek Theater stage.
“Plaid” is the story of four friends from high school, Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Franky, who formed a 50s-style vocal group, the Plaids. They were heading to the tailor to pick up what would have been their trademark plaid jackets when, well, one will just have to find out.
“Because the sun, moon and planets are just in the right order, they are coming back for one night and do the show they couldn’t do in the 1950s,” director Julie Wadsworth said.
The production features the four members of the Plaids, Draven Pancake, Kyle Gregory, Micah Ryan and Scott Griffith, on the stage as they sing hits from the harmony era with little to no break at all. Also, the music for the entire production is live, provided by accompanist Tyler Simpson.
“It’s all live,” Wadsworth said.
For the four Plaids, rehearsals started last month and based on the numbers that are performed, look difficult to pull off. Griffith, the choral teacher at Washington High School, said the music is challenging.
“Basically the musical is all harmony,” Griffith said. “There’s a lot of very tight chords that have to be ironed out and finely tuned.”
This is Gregory’s first time performing on the Veale Creek stage. He said the music has been challenging but also “very fun.”
“It’s a lot of fun,” Gregory said. “It’s been a lot of work to get to this point. Also getting to bond with these guys, that’s part of the show too. The Plaids were really good friends and that comes through too.”
Throughout the show, the audience meets the Plaids and they all have interesting stories to tell.