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New Ulm Area Catholic Schools present:

The Sound of Plaid

November 4, 2012
Photos, story by Fritz Busch , The Journal

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.

Article Photos

Foreground, from left, Jacob Hogen, Karlee Pfaff, Jack Wenner, Peyton Lewis, Anna Knowles and Brandon Hawkins.

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."

Fact Box

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.

The Cast:

Mr. Bodine, assistant principal- Daniel Hayes

Miss Fairfax, substitute teacher-Elizabeth Loetscher

The students:

Francis (Frankie)-Alex Schotzko

Smudge-Brandon Hawkins

Sparky-Jacob Hogen

Jinx-Kris Nguyen

Corrine-Karlee Pfaff

Lefty-EJ Berdan

Lilith-Anna Knowles

Betty-Peyton Lewis

Richie-Jeffrey Hogen

Mitzi-Courtney Berg

Leah-Emily Domeier

Dolores-Emily Eckstrand

Rhoda-Emily Schotzko

Perry-Jack Wenner

Gladys-Maria Reising

Iris-Anna Mohr

Gilda-Catherine Miller

Connie-Abbey Guggisberg

Tony-Nathan Berg

Mary Agnes-Emily Lewandowski

Chloe-Megan Olson

Adele-Meghan O'Brien

Barbara-Samantha Guldan

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.



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