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Indoor production of “Forever Plaid ” runs April 19 - May 5

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 12:37 PM by Becky Burnside

One of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory kicks off the Theatre in the Park’s 2019 Indoor season in mid-April with performances at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. This year also marks TIP’s 50th outdoor season, so expect some celebrating along the way. 

“Forever Plaid” will begin April 19 and run through May 5 in The Black Box Theatre at JCAHC.  

This deliciously fun revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s! It tells the story of four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx, and Frankie) who discovered that they shared a love for music and then got together to become their idols - The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo’s, and The Crew Cuts. They became “Forever Plaid,” but on the way to their first big gig, the “Plaids” are killed are killed in a traffic accident. That is the moment their careers and lives end and the story of “Forever Plaid” begins....

“Forever Plaid” is Rated PG, and will be presented 11 times. Each show will last about two hours with a 20-minute intermission. Evening performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. are planned for April 19, 20, 26, 27, May 2, 3, and 4. Afternoon performances at 2 p.m. are planned for April 21, 28, and May 4, and 5.  

With the exception of afternoon shows, tickets are $14.50 for children ages 10 and under, $14.85 for seniors 60 and older, and $16.50 for adults 11 to 59. Admission costs for afternoon shows are $11.60 for ages 10 and under, $11.88 for seniors 60 and older, and $13.20 for adults 11 and older.

Tickets are available anytime online at www.theatreinthepark.org, or can be purchased at JCAHC during regular hours.

The Black Box Theatre provides The Theatre in the Park with a year-round venue to supplement its outdoor summer productions during June, July, and August in Shawnee Mission Park. JCAHC is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

TIP’s outdoor 50th summer season, which will take place at the facility in Shawnee Mission Park, is just around the corner, starting with “Annie,” which runs June 7-15. Other productions this summer are; “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” June 21-29; “The Music Man,” July 5-13; Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” July 19-27; and “The Wizard of Oz,” Aug. 2-10. 

Additional indoor TIP productions at JCAHC will include Summer Theatre Academy for youth productions of “Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr.,” on June 15, “Once on This Island Jr.,”  on June 29; and “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,” Rated G, on July 19 and 20; “Sweet Charity,” on Oct. 11-27;  and “Frozen Jr.,” Dec. 6-15.  

To celebrate its 50th season, TIP will be having special curtain speeches on opening nights of “Forever Plaid” and “Annie” and some VIPs are invited to attend.

For much more information about the Theatre in the Park and the 2019 season, go to theatreinthepark.org.