Written by Stuart Ross
Directed & Choreographed by Anita Boland
Ahearn (Sparky), James E. Bullard (Frankie), Alan Swadener (Jinx), Joseph
Torello (Smudge), Daniel Langhoff (US Frankie & Jinx), Brian Loveland (US
Smudge & Sparky)
Band: Martha Yordy (Piano/Conductor), Brian Knott
(Bass), Michael Fitzmaurice (Bass)
Production Staff: Anita Boland (Director
& Choreographer), Martha Yordy
(Music Director), Nicole M. Harrison (Costume Designer), Gail Gober (Lighting
Designer/Production Coordinator), Lance Copeman (Props), Brian Mallgrave (Scenic Designer), Steve Stevens
(Sound Designer), Lisa Cook (Stage Manager), Elizabeth Zumfelde (Head of Wardrobe), Adam
Stolte (Technical Manager), Nick Cimyotte (Technical Director), Dave Cimyotte
(Lead Technician), Kathleen Murphy (Business Manager), Rod A. Lansberry
ARVADA, CO – Plaid Tidings comes to the Arvada Center just in time for the holiday season,
running in November 13 – December 23 in
the new Black Box Theater.
Frankie, Smudge and Sparky, young male crooners from the '50s who usually
reside in heaven, are called back to Earth to stage a nostalgic holiday
extravaganza, complete with your favorite seasonal tunes including "White
Christmas," I'll be Home for Christmas," "Carol of the Bells" and much more. And
the nostalgic journey wouldn't be complete without a side-splitting tribute to The Ed Sullivan Show with guest stars the
Chipmunks and the Vienna Boys Choir. This "heaven-sent" show is the perfect
gift for the entire family!
Written by Stuart Ross, Plaid Tidings is the holiday sequel to the
record breaking, critically acclaimed Forever Plaid (as the most
successful musical in the history of British Columbia, it also ran for seven
years at Chicago's Royal George Theatre in the 90s). Originating in California at the Pasadena Playhouse, Plaid Tidings "is sweet and safe holiday
entertainment that…may well join A Christmas Carol as a holiday standard"
Tidings is directed
and choreographed by Anita Boland.
Anita has been directing and choreographing in the Denver area for over 13 years. Her most
recent directorial credit at the Center was the 2007 Children's Theater
production The Dinosaur Play. Regional
credits as a performer include The Full
Monty at the Center, Denver Civic's Hats
and Aurora Fox's A Year with Frog and Toad.
Ahearn returns to the Arvada Center to play Sparky. Scott was last seen
at the Center as Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly
Modern Millie and Buddy "Keno" Walsh in The
Full Monty. New York credits include Cyrano de Bergerac and The
Marriage of Figaro. Scott also starred as Kenickie in the European tour of Grease.
E. Bullard also
returns to the Arvada Center stage, this time as Frankie, after most recently playing
Narrator Edsel Mackey in the Center's summer musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Favorite roles include Pat
Gilbert in State Fair, Peachy Weil in
The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Jacey
Squires in The Music Man.
Swadener comes back to the Arvada Center to play Jinx. Alan was last seen on
the Arvada Center stage as Malcolm MacGregor in both
productions of The Full Monty.
National tours include The Full Monty
and RENT, and regional tours include Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose, Cabaret, State Fair and Camelot.
Torello rounds out the quartet, and makes his Arvada Center debut, as Smudge. Joseph has been in
four productions of Forever Plaid in Connecticut, New York and Virginia, as well as a production in Iowa and South Dakota with fellow Plaid James Bullard.
Favorite regional credits include Chess,
Smokey Joe's Café, South Pacific, Cats, Beauty and the Beast
and The Buddy Holly Story.
For tickets, call the Arvada Center box office at (720) 898-7200, log on to arvadacenter.org or visit the Arvada Center box office at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO.
range from $38 – $48 (Preview performance tickets are $25; see below for
November 13 – December
– Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m.
matinees at 12:30 p.m.
performances run November 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m.—FIRST
Ring in the holidays with the Arvada Center and enjoy desserts and drinks (first drink is on
us!). There will be plenty of eggnog and goodies for the kids, too, so make it
a family gathering before a perfect family show. Call (720) 898-7200 by November
13 to make your reservations.
23 at 7:00 p.m. & Wednesday, November 28 at 12:30 p.m.—Talk back with
members of the cast and production team following the performance.
Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.—WOMEN'S
NIGHT OUT! Ladies, you deserve an evening out! An elegant dessert buffet
and a glass of your favorite holiday cheer followed by a great holiday show is
just the recipe to get you into the holiday spirit. Gather a few of your
friends and enjoy a relaxing evening at the Arvada Center. Call (720) 898-7200 by November 23 to make your
3 at 2:00
p.m.—Audio-described performance, to accommodate patrons who are blind
or have low vision.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one
of the metro area's largest cultural attractions, devoted to all
aspects of the arts. It is generously supported by the Scientific &
Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and located two and a half miles north of
Interstate 70 on Wadsworth Blvd.
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