Pictured, left to right, are “Plaid Tidings” cast members John Lloyd, Tony Matusewic, Brandon Brown and Jackson Liedl.



Celebrate the upcoming Christmas season with Northern Star Theatre’s production of “Plaid Tidings.”

Performances are scheduled Fridays to Saturdays, Dec. 6–7 and Dec. 13–14, at 7 p.m.; and on Sundays, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, at 2 p.m.

At first, Francis (Tony Matusewic), Jinx (Brandon Brown), Smudge (John Lloyd) and Sparky (Jackson Liedl) aren’t sure why they’ve returned to Earth for another posthumous performance, 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. Sprinkled among the holiday offerings are audience favorites such as “Sh-Boom,” “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Mambo Italiano,” as well as their three-minute-and-11-second version of “The Ed Sullivan Show”—this time, featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and the Vienna Boys Choir, as well as a Plaid Caribbean Christmas that puts the “Day-O” in Excelsis. The boys even get the opportunity to perform with their idol, Perry Como. This fun holiday musical offers the best of Forever Plaid, tied up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top.

“‘Plaid Tidings’ truly is a Christmas pep rally,” says director Amy Myers. “Audiences will laugh from beginning to end. But it is also a really sweet and heartwarming show. The characters are comical, but they have depth too. I think that is why audiences love Forever Plaid and will love ‘Plaid Tidings’ just as much.”

In addition to the cast, the show is rounded out with musicians Terri Morse on keyboard, Gavin Orson on bass and Nolan Tomesh on drums.

This holiday musical has lifted audiences’ spirits and filled them with nostalgia for a bygone era. This show is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets for “Plaid Tidings” are $18 for adults and $12 for children 18 and under. Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at 715-736-4444.

Northern Star Theatre is located at 12 W. Marshall St., Rice Lake.

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