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‘Plaid Tidings’ finishes Prizery run Sunday

SoVaNow.com / December 19, 2013
“Plaid Tidings” is a bit of Christmas nostalgia featuring music from the golden age of the Holiday Special. Many of you will remember the wonderful times watching the Perry Como holiday special and of course the amazing fun times with the Ed Sullivan show, particularly at Christmas There are also musical gems from the 50’s and 60’s that will delight one and all. Its a show filled with comedy and music, a great combination. The show has something for all ages and is definitely family friendly.

The show is brought to light by four very talented young men. Our performers have come to South Boston from different areas of the country and have spent the last two week preparing the show. I would like to introduce you to each of them.

Brandon Wilhelm comes to us from Chicago, Ill., by way of a small town in Amarillo Texas where he grew up. As a young boy, he was a member of the Amarillo Boy Choir and performed in his first theatre musical when he was in high school. The show was “Oliver.” Brandon attended West Texas A&M where he received a BA in musical theatre. He moved to Dallas to start his theatre professional career where he performed at the Dallas Children’s Theatre in “Pinkalicious the Musical” and “A Wrinkle in Time”. He also appeared in “A Catered Affair” with Theatre Three. In In June, Brandon moved to Chicago to continue working in the theatre. After Plaid Tidings, Brandon will return to Dallas to perform the role of Peter in “Pinkalicious the Musical” with Casa Manana Theatre.

Hailing from Roanoke, is Matt McCubbin. Matt is a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a double major in Musical Theatre and Communication. Matt has worked with Virginia Opera and Busch Gardens Williamsburg and has just finished playing Sir Robin in “Spamalot” for ShowStoppers Productions, Inc. a professional producing company located in Williamsburg. Matt is excited to share some Christmas cheer and Plaid humor to the audiences of Southern Virginia.

Jacob Estes, is currently a junior from Bethel University in Mckenzie, Tenn. You may recognize Jacob, its his third time coming to The Prizery for a show. For the past two summers Jacob has been involved with Summer Theatre (Jesus in “Godspell”, Warner in “Legally Blonde”). He obviously loves this area and all the community has been so welcoming. “I think this is what keeps bringing me back, the people here in South Boston are not only “my employers” or “audience members” but my second family.”

Rounding out the cast, is Broadway veteran Brad Bass. Brad fell in love with theatre when he was 13 after seeing a National tour of “Annie”. Brad has performed in NYC for the last 12 years in the Broadway shows, “Wicked”, “Memphis” and “Jersey Boys”. At 18, Brad moved to NYC and attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Brad returned home to Ringgold, to attend Averett University where he is working to finish his theatre degree and serves as their Musical Theatre Artist in Residence.

Come see our show and get in the holiday spirit. Coming up in January is “Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grille” with Gaylana Castillo as Billie Holiday.

“Plaid Tidings” a Christmas Spectacular by Stewart Ross is playing at The Prizery now through Sunday Dec. 22.

Check the website http://www.prizery.com for details on show times or call The Prizery box-office at 434-572-8339.

“Plaid Tidings” is produced by The Prizery with Chris Jones directing, Jon Latane musical direction and piano, Ginny Bogart, costumes, Susi Robbins, props and Ernelle Bellamy technical direction. Additional support from Nick Batey, Lamarr Bowman, Gabrielle Roach, Lisa Roach and serving as stage manager is Andy Rice. Front of house support comes from Theresa Coleman, office manager and Martin Beekman, theatre manager.

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