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“Forever Plaid” returns to North Central for four shows May 25 & 27

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“Forever Plaid,” an affectionate, toe-tapping musical comedy by Stuart Ross, returns to North Central College and Meiley-Swallow Hall for four performances May 25 and 27. The Company, a student-led theatre club, and Emily Schmidt ’12 have brought back the harmonic voices of Max DeTogne ’13, Tanner Smale ’12, Garrett Lutz ’12 and Bryan Renaud ’13 who starred in the May 2011 campus production.    

Four performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, May 25, and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, May 27. Tickets are $5/adults, $3/students and senior citizens; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

“Forever Plaid” is the story of four high-school chums—Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Francis—who loved to sing and entertain in the 1950s. They devoted themselves to singing wherever and whenever they could and finally landed their first big gig. While driving their Mercury convertible to pick up their custom-made plaid tuxedos, the four were slammed broadside by a school bus filled with Catholic teens on their way to see the Beatles’ debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The teens escaped, but the members of the quartet were killed instantly. When their careers and lives ended, the story of “Forever Plaid” begins.

Photo, from left: Max DeTogne ’13, Garrett Lutz ’12, Bryan Renaud ’13, Tanner Smale ’12