In March, Community Little Theatre will present the musical comedy full of hits from the ’50s.

AUBURN – David Lock, a veteran director and actor at Lewiston-Auburn’s Community Little Theatre, will direct and produce the musical comedy “Forever Plaid” by Stuart Ross for the March 5-14 production.

The nostalgic comedy is set in the ’50s, before rock ‘n’ roll. The two-act play is a story about four guys who loved to sing. They were lovable losers who met in their high school’s audiovisual club. They dreamed of becoming like their idols, The Four Aces, The Four Lads, The Four Freshmen, The Hi-Lo’s and The Crew Cuts.

As a group called Forever Plaid, they sang at family gatherings and fund-raisers, and eventually at supermarket openings and proms. Sadly, en route to a gig, they were slammed broadside by a busload of fans on their way to see the Beatles. The Plaids were killed instantly.

Yet the Plaids were able to return to Earth for one final concert. Between telling the stories of their lives, they perform some of the greatest hits from the ’50s before returning to heaven. These include “Catch a Falling Star,” “Three Coins in a Fountain,” “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” and “Magic Moments.

Paul G. Caron will play Frankie, the leader and caretaker of the group. Dr. Bruce Condit is Sparky, who’s always cracking jokes and who has some tailor-made solos.

Dr. Ron Bouffard plays Jinx, who is transformed during the play from a timid boy to a confident man. Harry Neidig plays Smudge, the worrier. He has a chronic nervous stomach and is stuck in the “would’ve, should’ve, could’ve syndrome.”

Lock has directed more than 50 plays, including “The Mousetrap” and “Nunsense.” His performances include playing R.F. Simpson in “Singin’ in the Rain” in October.

Lock will be assisted in directing by Kathi Asquith. His production crew includes Eileen Messina as choreographer; Josie Baum, stage manager; Pat Garcia, props; John Blanchette, program; Marianne Miller, costumes; Dick Martin, lighting; Phil Vampatella, set construction; Mark Bissonette and Scott Powers, sound; Dennis Browne, photography; Renee Davis, set décor; and Rachel Morin, publicity.

Performance dates will be March 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on March 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. All performances are in The Great Falls Performing Arts Center on Academy Street. Tickets are $13 and $11 for seniors and full-time students. Reservations may be made by calling the box office at 783-0958 or accessing the theater’s Web site at laclt.com.


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