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Towle Theater debuts new holiday play this year

The Towle Theatre in Hammond will stage "Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings" this year.

The annual holiday season production of "A Fabulous 50's Christmas" at The Towle Theatre in downtown Hammond is a thing of the past.

After a 15-year run, the theater has decided to changes things up this holiday season and will instead stage Stuart Ross's "Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings," the holiday version of "Forever Plaid."

"It offers the best of 'Forever Plaid' tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top," The Towle Theatre said in a press release. "Filled with Christmas standards that have all been 'Plaid-erized,' our boys are back to do their Christmas Special. At first, they aren’t sure why they’ve returned, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world."

"Plaid Tidings" maintains the 1950s/1960s theme audiences at The Towle came to expect with "A Fabulous 50’s Christmas."

"Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like their riotous three minute-and-eleven-second version of 'The Ed Sullivan Show' — this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which puts the 'Day-O' in Excelsis!" the Towle said in a press release. "This is one holiday treat that is truly 'heaven-sent!'"

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The cast includes Quinn Rigg, Nate Strain, Nick Arceo and Tyler Sonkin, all Chicago residents. Elizabeth Tuazon serves as musical director.

Tickets are $19, nonrefundable if one arrives late since late seating is not allowed.

"Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings" will be staged on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m.

For more information, call 219.937.8780 or visit www.towletheater.org.

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