Musical Jump Starts the 2007 Totem Pole Season!
Musical Jump Starts the 2007 Totem Pole Season!
"Back by popular demand" is a phrase theatre producers love to utter because it indicates that an audience-pleasing production is once again on the boards for their patrons. Forever Plaid, the Heavenly Musical Hit that closed the 2006 season at Totem Pole Playhouse, returns to the Caledonia State Park summer theatre for one week only playing from May 22nd through the 27th. The international family friendly musical written and originally directed by Stuart Ross with musical continuity supervision and arrangements by James Raitt, is presented by Caledonia Theatre Company and guest sponsor, Orrstown Bank.
"Playhouse audiences enthusiastically embraced Forever Plaid last August," states Producing Artistic Director, Carl Schurr, "and we found many patrons returned several times during the run to see the boys make their magic.
Reviving this enchanting salute to another moment in time is a terrific way to jump start the 57th season at Totem Pole."
From Tokyo to London and from New York to Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, Forever Plaid has had audiences standing in the aisles screaming for more. A hilarious tribute to the guy groups of the 50's and 60's, Forever Plaid follows the journey of a "semi-professional" harmony group called simply, "The Four Plaids," on their way to their first gig. Alas, their dreams of superstardom were cut short in a collision with a school bus full of Catholic girls on their way to see The Beatles debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Now through a hole in the ozone layer and "some astro-technical stuff," these nerdy crooners with angelic voices come back to do the show they never got to do in real life.
And what a show it is-a veritable hit parade of songs that literally transports audiences back to a kinder, gentler time. Favorites such as "Three Coins in The Fountain," "Heart and Soul," "No, Not Much," "Chain Gang," "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" and a wild calypso send-up are rendered so masterfully that they outdo the original versions for sheer beauty. The wacky high point of Forever Plaid is a three and a half minute version of "The Ed Sullivan Show" complete with Spanish dancers, Senor Wences, an amazing dog trick and more.
Forever Plaid is directed by David Hemsley Caldwell, familiar to Totem Pole audiences for his productions of Smoke on the Mountain, Sanders Family Christmas and Oil City Symphony. He is assisted by Len Pfluger. Musical direction is by Steven Zumbrun and on bass is Clay Arthur. All four Plaids from last August also return to Totem Pole: Chad Coudriet, Meyer deLeeuw, David Perlman and Darren Server. The lush setting is designed by James Fouchard; Lighting is by Michael D. Domue; Costumes are co-ordinated by Jessica Allison and Julia Bowers and Michael D. Domue is the Production Stage Manager.
The 2007 Totem Pole Playhouse season includes:
Always...Patsy Cline By Ted Swindley (June 2-17): A Musical Tribute to the Legendary Country Star. Sponsored by Country Legends 92.1 FM and The Olde Red Barn.
Social Security By Andrew Bergman (June 19-July 1): Smash-Hit Broadway Comedy. Sponsored by Rotz & Stonesifer Certified Public Accountants.
Write Me a Murder By Frederick Knott (July 3-15): Mystery Drama. Sponsored by Apple Leaf Abstracting & Settlement Company and Martha B. Walker Law Office.
Proposals By Neil Simon (July 17-29): Wil Love stars in this Nostalgic Comedy. Sponsored by Valpak of Cumberland Valley and Schoenberger's Restaurant.
Driving Miss Daisy By Alfred Uhry (July 31-August 12): Pulitzer Prize-Winning Comedy Drama. Sponsored by F&M Trust.
Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming Written by Connie Ray, Conceived by Alan Bailey with Musical Arrangements by Mike Craver (August 14-26): Family Musical Comedy). Sponsored by Patriot Federal Credit Union.
The summer activities at Totem Pole are not confined to the mainstage productions. On Saturday May 26th, the annual Theatre FunFest will be in full swing from 10:00am until 3:00pm. This theatrical fair for the entire family includes such events as tours of backstage, watching rehearsals for Always...Patsy Cline, workshops in theatrical fencing, costuming, makeup, food concessions and bake sales, music by the Shippensburg German band, children's theatre crafts, two magic shows by local magician Russ Smith, and a huge yard sale on the West Lawn. Theatre FunFest is sponsored by Orrstown Bank and all proceeds from the event support Totem Pole Playhouse.
From June 18th through June 29th the Children's Theatre Camp returns to the Playhouse under the direction of Jenny Kreyl Shoeman. Applications are still welcome from children between the ages of 8 and 15.
One of the busiest organizations at the theatre continues to be the Friends of Totem Pole Playhouse, a volunteer support group that provides many vital services including ushering, meeting incoming actors, greeting bus groups and planning the annual summer picnic. All talents and interests are needed and welcome.
For information on all Caledonia Theatre Company and Totem Pole Playhouse events, simply stop by the box office or call 717-352-2164 or 1-888-805-7056. Tickets may now be ordered online at www.totempoleplayhouse.org
There's a seat waiting for you at beautiful Totem Pole Playhouse!