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Performers sought for ‘Forever Plaid’

ELGIN –  Elgin Community College Musical Theatre announces auditions for the summer production of “Forever Plaid.”

Directing and choreographing the musical is Konnie Kay. ECC professor John G. Slawson is the artistic and musical director.

Set in the 1950s, the musical revue is about four male singers killed in a car crash on the way to their first big concert. Miraculously, the “Plaids” are revived and given a chance to fulfill their dream. “Forever Plaid” was written, originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross with musical continuity supervision and arrangements by James Raitt. It was originally produced by Gene Wolsk. 

ECC Musical Theatre is seeking actors for the roles of the four male singers. Auditions are available by appointment from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 15 and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 17.

Open auditions are scheduled for 8 p.m. May 15 and 1 p.m. May 17. All auditions will be at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, Building H, Room H245, on the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. 

Performers should prepare a musical number from any Broadway show other than “Forever Plaid” and bring sheet music in a three-ring binder for the accompanist who will be provided. Taped accompaniment or acappella singing will not be permitted. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the dance audition. Auditions are open to ages 16 and older.

If necessary, callbacks are scheduled for 7 p.m. May 19.

Rehearsals for “Forever Plaid” begin at 7 p.m. June 2. Regular rehearsals are from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursdays. The production opens July 18 and runs weekends through Aug. 3. 

To schedule an audition by appointment, visit Questions may be directed to Tanya Moore, production coordinator, at or 847-530-3264. 

Area actors and actresses are encouraged to note the arts center’s blog at ECC Theatre and ECC Musical Theatre audition information is routinely posted here for easy reference.

“Forever Plaid” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 W. 54th St., New York, NY 10019.

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