Rockville Musical Theatre Forever PlaidBy Mari Davis • Apr 15th, 2010 • Category: Reviews
Rockville Musical Theatre
Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD
Through April 25th
$18; $16.00 Gaithersburg Residents
Reviewed April 10th, 2010
Forever Plaid, produced by Rockville Musical Theater, is a charming return to the mid-twentieth century and the “doo-wop” boy bands of the time. Whether you want to relive the 50’s or just want to enjoy retro fun, Forever Plaid is a show for all audiences.
The stage itself is very deep and boxy, but director Duane Monahan avoided monotony with his creative and active choreography. The lighting design by Amy Narron added a hundred different dimensions to the set, enhancing and focusing the story very effectively. The costumes were simple, but quite sharp, with only a few changes.
Despite flat notes on the part of one singer, the vocal quality was very good overall including dynamic and rhythm. What really impressed me was the cast’s ability to blend. Great soloists do not necessarily make great ensembles, but this show didn’t sacrifice either. Another great accomplishment was a near-perfect balance between the vocal and instrumental ensembles. My compliments go to Marci Shegogue, pianist and music director, for executing a musically solid show.
The acting felt rote to begin with and by the end of the show, the cast was starting to drag. Then again, after eighty-plus minutes of almost straight singing and dancing, I can’t exactly blame them. They did a marvelous job of engaging the audience and putting on a fine show.
The Cast and Combo
- Frankie: David Fialkoff
- Smudge: Duane Monahan
- Sparky: Brad Carnes-Stine
- Jinx: Rich Shegogue
- Trixie Jones/Piano: Marci Shegogue
- Uncle Chester/Bass: Tony Aragon
- Stix Malone/Drums: Ric Okin
- Voice Over: Kevin Schultze
- Director/Choreographer: Duane Monahan
- Music Director: Marci Shegogue
- Producer: Malca Giblin
- Assistant Director: Erin Hall Dodge
- Set Design: Brian Dettling, Robert Jones
- Sound Design: Dan Tobiassen
- Sound Execution: Sherry Singer, Mar Hamberger
- Lighting Design/Execution: Amy Narron
- Props: Sonya Tavitian
- Costumes: Lee Michele Rosenthal
- Set Construction/Painting: Brian Dettling, Den Giblin, Malca Giblin, Robert Jones, Nancy McLaughlin, Dan Tobiassen
Disclaimer: Rockville Musical Theatre provided two complimentary media tickets to ShowBizRadio for this review.
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Mari Davis is a student of Speech and Communication at Northern Virginia Community College. She has been involved in the performing arts since the age of five when she debuted as the Little Red Hen on an elementary school stage. Her career includes both national and international ensemble performances with semi-professional choirs, various roles in community and college musicals (both onstage and off), as well as co-directing drama camp for Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA.