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Rabbit Run Theater opens the summer season with ‘Forever Plaid”

MADISON, OH – Rabbit Run Theater opens the 2019 summer season with the musical revue “Forever Plaid”.

“Forever Plaid” was originally written, directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross and originally produced by Gene Wolsk with musical arrangements by James Raitt.

Once upon a time, four young men, Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie all shared a love for music. Rehearsing in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company, they became ‘Forever Plaid”. This musical revue is full of 1950’s pop songs performed with barbershop quartet harmony.

“Forever Plaid” is directed by Ann Hedger, programming coordinator at The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby. Hedger has been associated with Rabbit Run since the 1980’s as an actor and director.

“This show has been a labor of love,” says Hedger. “It takes me back to my childhood with my dad, who listened and shared the music of the 50’s with his kids. Having the opportunity to share this wonderful music with Rabbit Run’s audiences is truly special.”

“The four “Plaids” in our cast are wonderful, each bringing their own special spin on these characters. It’s not just a musical review. It is a journey of love for life, passion for music and friendship told through this array of memorable songs.”

Musical direction is provided by Danielle Jones with choreography by Hannah Green.

Playing the four Plaids are Josh Dean as Frankie, Nick Grimsic as Sparky, Arthur Marshall as Smudge and Everett Walker as Jinx.

“Forever Plaid” opens Friday, May 31, and runs through Saturday, June 15, and is rated for general audiences suitable for family entertainment.

Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at www.rabbitrunonline.org. Tickets are $24, adult; $22, senior and student; and $11 for youth 12 and under. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows for “Forever Plaid” begin at 7:30 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Dworken & Bernstein, Hearn Plumbing and Heating, Huffman-Mayer Wealth Management Group and Lighthouse Advisers.

Rabbit Run Theater is also funded in part by a grant from The Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts & Culture Grant Program. The Remarkable Lake County, OH Arts & Culture Grand Program promotes the county’s tourism constituency—entertainment, regional and heritage events, hospitality venues and hotels, and destinations and attractions involved in Lake County’s tourism industry. Attracting visitors to Lake County, OH, via the grant program is accomplished through multi-level stakeholder engagements, such as event organizers, sponsors and the Lake County Visitors Bureau. These engagement outcomes include event development and planning.

While taking in a performance of “Forever Plaid”, patrons are welcome to purchase a raffle ticket for Passport to Paris & Prizes, Rabbit Run Community Arts Association’s (RRCAA)’s annual fundraiser.

Every ticket holder has a one-in-five chance of winning one of 100 prizes, each worth $50 or more. The Grand Prize is a trip to Paris, France. The winner will enjoy a week in a two-bedroom flat in the 5th arrondissement on the banks of the Seine as well as a voucher for $2,500 to be used for travel expenses and/or entertainment. The winner may instead choose a $4,000 cash option.

Only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $50 each and available at the box office, online or at the Rabbit Run office. All proceeds benefit RRCAA.

Rabbit Run Theater is one of the few barn theaters still in operation and operates under the auspices of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, a non-profit organization offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.

(Featured image: Pictured are (L to R)  Arthur Marshall, Nick Grimsic, Josh Dean and Everett Walker.  Photo credit: Kathy Sandham)

Press release submitted by:
Karen Ziegler
Director of Marketing/Group Sales
Rabbit Run Theater
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St.
Madison, OH  44057



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