The story behind the performance includes issues that remain today.
In 1964, the Pleasantdale High School Glee Club, also known as The Sound of Plaid, was on their way to their first big concert to raise money to save their music program due to funding cutbacks.
On their way, their bus is hit broadside by another bus and all are taken from this world. They are allowed one trip back to present the show they never got the chance to perform.
Foreground, from left, Jacob Hogen, Karlee Pfaff, Jack Wenner, Peyton Lewis, Anna Knowles and Brandon Hawkins.
Fully-pictured, fromk left, Samantha Guldan, Anna Knowles, E. J. Berdan, Meghan O’Brien, Peyton Lewis, Emily Schotzko, Catherine Miller, and Emily Eckstrand.
From left, Emily Schotzko, Kris Nguyen, Meghan O’Brien, Maria Reising.
Foreground, from left, Samantha Guldan, Karlee Pfaff, Anna Knowles, Brandon Hawkins, Emily Schotzko, Maria Reising, Peyton Lewis, Meghan O’Brien, Jacob Hogen.
The musical is funny, energetic, and highly entertaining, and filled with songs from the '40's, '50's, and early '60's. Songs featured include "Moments to Remember," "Sixteen Tons," "Chain Gang," "Catch a Falling Star," and many others.
"It's a challenging performance with all the music and dancing," said Director Anita Shikoski. "Gary Sassenberg, our choreographer, really helped a lot."
Shikoski called the play "very family friendly with lots of audience participation."
Twenty-five CHS 7th-12th graders will present the musical "The Sound of Plaid" Nov. 9-11 in the historic and beautifully renovated Holy Trinity Auditorium, 515 N State St. The musical is The new Glee Club version of the original Broadway hit.
If you go...
New Ulm Area Catholic School presentation of The Sound of Plaid
Performances are Nov. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Middle School Auditorium
Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for K-12 students.
Mr. Bodine, assistant principal- Daniel Hayes
Miss Fairfax, substitute teacher-Elizabeth Loetscher
Francis (Frankie)-Alex Schotzko
Mary Agnes-Emily Lewandowski
Play Director Anita Shikoski
Musical Director Marijo Sweeney, Kim Berg, Cameron Keller
Choreographer Gary Sassenberg
Advance reserved tickets are available in the CHS office beginning Oct. 29, and tickets may also be purchased at the door before each performance. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for K-12 students. Performances are Nov. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
The play with lots of choreographed music was written by Stuart Ross. It was produced by special arrangement with Music Theater International, New York, NY.