‘Plaid Tidings’ at STAC Is Heaven-Sent Holiday Fun for the Family

Dec 04, 2018
Photo by: Mark Garvin

Bring the family and friends to Stafford Township Arts Center this weekend when Bellarine Theater Company presents “Plaid Tidings,” a Christmas special from the creators of the 1989 musical “Forever Plaid,” about a fictional quartet performing as ghosts after a fatal bus crash, for one final chance at musical glory.

In 2015 “Plaid Tidings” reprised the characters for a yuletide special The New York Times called a “sweetly enjoyable holiday show.” NYT theater reviewer Anita Gates wrote: “Early in Act I they seem to be possessed by Charles Dickens or Frosty the Snowman or somebody, and the holiday celebration is on. With the help of heavenly guidance from Rosemary Clooney, they move on to the likes of ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas,’ ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ ‘Let It Snow’ and a calypso number with the repeated line ‘in excelsis da-a-ay-o.’ The finest moment belongs to Perry Como, who appears on a black-and-white console TV as the Plaids sing backup.”

Audiences should expect their spirits lifted and their nostalgia stoked for a bygone era of classic songs in perfect harmony.

Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at tix.stacnj.com or at the box office prior to the show. Doors open one hour before each performance.  —V.F.

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