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Get in holiday harmony: Plaid Tidings opens at STC Dec. 6

Christmas version of popular Forever Plaid phenomenon hits the stage Thursday
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Plaid Tidings runs at Sudbury Theatre Centre Dec. 6 to Dec. 22. (Arron Pickard/Sudbury.com)

Four-part harmonies and holiday carols come together next week when “Plaid Tidings” a special holiday edition of the popular “Forever Plaid,” hits the stage at Sudbury Theatre Centre.

The boys in Plaid — Francis, Jinx, Smudge and Sparky — are coming to STC starting Dec. 6 to Dec. 22. 

According to STC, “Plaid Tidings … is a ‘heaven-sent’ holiday treat that will lift your spirits with classic music sung in perfect harmony.”

Complete with Christmas standards and a wacky three-minute-and-eleven-second version of “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Plaid Tidings will get you jingling all the way.

Playwright Stuart Ross for theatres in the United States after the tragedy of 9/11, and has directed, and/or wrote, more than 50 productions throughout the USA, Canada and internationally. 

All four Plaids are making their STC debuts: Matthew Bradley (Francis) is a graduate of the Randolph College of the Arts, whose recent credits include “Rock of Ages,” “The Wedding Singer” and “The Boys in the Photograph”; Benjamin Camenzuli (Smudge) recently appeared in the world premiere of “Jukebox Hero: The Musical”; Christopher Fulton (Sparky) is a familiar face to Sudbury audiences having appeared in YES Theatre's “Violet” and “Merrily We Roll Along”; Michael Hughes (Jinx) has been busy touring his award-winning show “Mickey & Judy,” as well as recent productions of “Into the Woods”, “The Pirates of Penzance” and “Anne and Gilbert.”

Plaid Tidings is being directed by John McHenry, STC's artistic director, who directed “A Christmas Story” last season. Music Director Stephen Ingram's theatre credits include “Fun Home,” “Next to Normal,” and “Memories of Summer Love,” amongst others. Ingram will also be playing piano in the Plaid band along with local musicians Tony Jurgilas on drums and Brian Quebec on bass.

The creative team consists of set designer Bob Ivey, costume designer Miranda DiFlorio and lighting designer Kirsten Watt. Stage manager is Hilary Nichol with apprentice stage manager Janine Diamanti.

Book your tickets online at SudburyTheatre.ca, call the STC DiBrina Box Office at 705-674-8381 or stop by in person at 170 Shaughnessy Street in downtown Sudbury.




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