The Plaids are back

Dec. 04, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

After a successful series of shows in March, ‘50s-style crooners The Plaids are returning to Temple Theatre in downtown Sanford for a holiday engagement spanning the next several weeks.

From Thursday through Dec. 22, “Plaid Tidings” will entertain theatergoers every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with performances of a wide range of Christmas music and other tunes.

The Plaids are a fictional quartet who died in a car accident but are occasionally recalled to Earth for various reasons; in “Plaid Tidings” they’re recalled by the legendary Rosemary Clooney who tells them, according to a description of the show, that “they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world.”

“If you don’t leave the theater with a smile on your face, you’re just a little too Scroogy for me,” Temple Theatre Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn said, describing the show as “a blend of all the Christmas songs that people love and know, and that beautiful four-part harmony.”

The show is replacing “A Christmas Carol” as Temple Theatre’s holiday production.

“We had done ‘A Christmas Carol’ four years in a row and felt that as strong a show as it was, we had done as much with it as we could,” Chris DeLambert, Temple Theatre marketing director, said. “And last [March], ‘Forever Plaid’ kinda snuck up on us and was more successful than we had anticipated. So having this as the holiday show just made sense. ... It’s the same sort of fast-paced comedy musical, but with an emphasis on Christmas.”

The cast and director from the previous production of “Forever Plaid” were all able to return for the upcoming show, which Taphorn said was a lucky, and exciting, occurrence.

“This one is every bit as good as the first one because we’ve got these four guys back,” she said. “... Their blend is phenomenal, and their on-stage chemistry is fantastic.”

Temple Theatre, according to the online Music Theatre International database, is the only location in North Carolina to present “Plaid Tidings” this December. A description of the show on Temple Theatre’s website calls it “a ‘heaven-sent’ holiday treat” that “will lift audiences’ spirits and remind youngsters that not all good music has to be auto-tuned.”

Shows are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets range from $13 to $23 and can be purchased at the box office at 120 Carthage St. or by contacting www.templeshows.com or (919) 774-4155.