One of the most popular musicals today, “Forever Plaid” is the story of four young men who love to sing and dream of becoming like their idols, The Four Aces and Four Lads. They rehearse in a basement; perform for family, fund raisers and proms and become a symbol for innocence and the sincerity of dreams.
Appearing as Smudge is Genevan Charles King, an award winning actor for his work in Guild productions of “The Fantasticks,” “Man of La Mancha” and “Lost in Yonkers.” King reprised his Yonkers role at the 2003 New York State Theatre Festival. He is the author of a children’s book and has been honored as a playwright. He directed his play “The Iris Principle” for the Guild last fall.
R.J. Rapoza, of Geneva, performs in the musical as Frankie. Rapoza appeared in the award winning productions of “Copacabana” and “Greetings.” He has also acted in “West Side Story,” “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Cabaret.” He was honored last year as the lighting designer for “Man of La Mancha.” Rapoza is the technical director for “Forever Plaid.”
Todd Horton, of Romulus, makes his GTG debut as Sparky. Horton has appeared in “The Music Man” and “Anything Goes” for Merry Go Round Playhouse, and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” for Between the Lakes. He sings with the Finger Lakes Chorus, mixed quartets and barber shop quartets.
Completing the cast is Randy Hample, of Phelps, as Jinx. Hample has performed in “The Wizard of Oz,” “Showboat,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Copacabana.” He was honored with an acting award for his role of Jay in “Lost in Yonkers,” which he reprised at the 2003 State Theatre Festival. Hample received a Performance Award from the Festival Adjudicator.
“Forever Plaid” is directed and choreographed by Geneva resident Pam Rapoza. She received honors for her work as the director of “Copacabana” and received an Outstanding Acting award for her performance as Bella in “Lost in Yonkers.” When Rapoza reprised the role at the State Theatre Festival she received a Performance Award from the Festival Adjudicator and was voted a Festival Favorite by the audience.
Music Director Annie Bachman, of Romulus, has been the music director and pianist for “Godspell” and “Copacabana” and pianist for “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Cabaret” and “Clue the Musical.” She is a member of and occasional accompanist for the Seneca Singers and plays the piano for the Romulus high school musicals.
“Forever Plaid” will be presented as a dinner theatre at Belhurst Castle, Route 14, Geneva, on March 4, 5 and 6. On Friday and Saturday, doors open for cocktails at 6:30 p.m., with a full course dinner buffet at 7 p.m. and the performance at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $35 and include dinner, gratuity and the show.
Sunday, there is a Twilight Matinee with cocktails at 3 p.m., full course luncheon buffet at 3:30 p.m. and performance at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person.
Tickets are on sale at Belhurst, Don’s Own Flowers, Area Records and the UPS Store in Geneva and in Seneca Falls at The Copy Shop. To purchase tickets online go to www.gtglive.org and click on instant seats. Seating is limited for each performance and tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information on “Forever Plaid” call 789-1209.