March 25, 2013

Announcing Tidewater Stage's Inaugural Season!

Announcing Our 2013 Inaugural Season

Writer, Original Director and Choreographer: Stuart Ross
Music and Lyrics: Various
Musical Continuity Supervision and Arrangements: James Raitt
Director: Eric Harrell
Rehearsal Dates: June 3-July 4, 2013
Performance Dates: July 5-7, 12-14 @ 7:30 pm and July 6-7, 13-14 @ 2:30 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre


Forever Plaid is one of the most popular and successful musicals of the contemporary theatre. This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950's on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was.

Singing in the closest of harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations, and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the "Plaids" are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they're not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950's including “Three Coins in the Fountain”,” Sixteen Tons”, “Chain Gang” and “Love is a Many Splendored Thing.”


"Screamingly funny! Entirely enchanting, utterly entertaining, awesome!...will put a smile on your face, a hum in your throat and a tap to your feet." — New York Post

"Letter-perfect! Sweet, funny and thoroughly amusing." — The New York Times

"The laughter doesn't stop!... Delightful, original and funny!" — Associated Press

Available Roles

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. Male, 20-35 yrs old; Range: F3 - B5

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. Male, 20-35 yrs old; Range: F3 - C6

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. Male, 20-35 yrs old; Range: F3 - G5

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. Male, 20-35 yrs old; Range: F3 - G5

Playwright: Neil Simon
Director: Scott Hayes
Rehearsal Dates: July 8-Aug. 1
Performance Dates: Aug. 2-4, 9-11 @ 7:30 pm and Aug. 3-4, 10-11 @ 2:30 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre


Paul and Corrie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find - too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn't understand Corrie, as she sees it. He's too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous - running "barefoot in the park" would be a start...


“A bubbling, rib-tickling comedy.” — The New York Times

"Critic weeps joyfully...I don't think anybody stopped laughing while the curtain was up last evening." — New York Daily News

Available Roles

CORRIE BRATTER: A spontaneous free-spirit; newlywed married to straight-laced lawyer, Paul: Female, 25-35 yrs. old

DELIVERY MAN: Adult Male, age open

TELEPHONE REPAIR MAN: Adult Male, age open

The roles of Paul, Mrs. Banks and Velasco (tentative) have already been cast.

Additional Information

Auditions are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 6. Details will be posted by mid-March. Stipends are available for all roles. Additional technical and stage management positions are also available. Details will be posted in April.

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