It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and this year Hammer Entertainment is presenting a new holiday show, Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.
Forever Plaid, one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory, centres on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950s on the way to their first big concert. They are miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was.
Plaid Tidings brings the boys back and this time the show is tied up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top, says Hammer artistic director Jason Dick.
Filled with Christmas standards that have all been “Plaid-erized,” the boys are back to do their Christmas special. At first, Francis, Jinx, Smudge and Sparky aren’t sure why they’ve returned to Earth for another posthumous performance, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world.
"The biggest complaint and suggestion that we hear from theatre audiences is that things need to be more interactive," says Dick. "So we listened. Through social media and our mailing list, we asked the question ‘Why do the Ti-Cats get 20,000 people out to a game but when a theatre show is happening we don’t get nearly the excitement?’ The answer was almost unanimous ... people want something they can engage in and interact with."
From the minute audiences walk through the lobby door they will be transported into a Christmas wonderland, says Dick. Every night the cast will be serving hot chocolate and playing holiday music in the lobby and accepting donations for local charities by the Christmas tree.
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings features Mountain resident and Hammer Entertainment veteran in Ryan Miller and some relative newcomers to Hammer: Taylor Yorke, Mike Queripel and Scotty Styles. Musical director is Charlie Henderson.
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings runs at the Citadel Theatre, 28 Rebecca St., December 7-8 and 13-15, with show times at 8 p.m. each night and 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 8 and 15. Tickets are on sale now; call the box office at 905-981-7345.