TEMPLE THEATRE: Quartet members defy death in 'Forever Plaid'

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Instead of the usual groans and creaking chains, ghosts at Temple Theatre will be singing four-part harmonies — at least from Thursday until March 17.

Those are the run dates for Temple's latest show, "Forever Plaid" — a musical featuring a 50s-style quartet whose members die in a car accident but get the chance to come back to earth for one final concert.

The group has actually been returning to locations all over the world ever since the off-Broadway musical was written in 1990 and became an international hit, last coming to Sanford in 2000, according to Temple Theatre Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn, who said the show offers something for all eras of music lovers despite being set a half century ago.

Directing the production will be someone who has deep connections to both the show and the area: Morgan Sills, who Taphorn said grew up in Moore County and was in the cast of the musical's first national tour.

"It's good, kind of a local boy gets big, comes back to pass it on, kind of story," she said, adding that two local youths are serving as understudies and might someday follow similar paths.

The show features songs from groups as varied as 50s quartets The Ames Brothers and The Four Aces, 90's R&B group Boyz II Men and boy band 98 Degrees, The Beatles and current Top-40 regulars Maroon 5. Despite the wind range of styles, Taphorn said, the performers hit everything spot-on.

"At one point, I just closed my eyes, and it sounds like you're listening to a CD," she said of the most recent rehearsal. "It's that tight. ... I don't think it gets better than "Forever Plaid."

Calling the show as funny as it is heartfelt, Taphorn said it's about more than just the tunes.

"It's deeper than music," she said. "It's about carpe diem, seize the day. It's about what would you do if you had a chance to seize your dreams."




  • What: Forever Plaid, a multi-genre musical
  • Where: Temple Theatre, at 120 Carthage St., Sanford, NC 27330
  • When: Thursday (Feb. 26) to March 17
  • Shows: Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • Tickets: $13/$19/$23