Rabbit Run Theater dresses in ‘Forever Plaid’ to start its season

In eastern Lake County, one of those signs that summer is here is a new season at Madison Township’s Rabbit Run Theater.

The theater, run by the Madison-based, nonprofit Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, is one of the few barn theaters still in operation, states a news release from RRCAA.

It will host the enduring musical “Forever Plaid” May 31 through June 15.

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

It continues:

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 1950s 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 1980s as an actor and director.

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

Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or online. 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, the release adds.

All shows for “Forever Plaid” begin at 7:30 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Road.

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