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Patty and Jay Baker Theater Complex Stackner Cabaret Mark Clements Artistic Director 

Chad Bauman Managing Director

Written and Originally Directed and Choreographed by

Musical Continuity Supervision and Arrangements by

James Raitt

Stuart Ross Originally Produced by

Gene Wolsk Sally Manegold, Executive Producer Directed by

Musical Direction by

JC Clementz Scenic Designer

Dan Kazemi±

Costume Designer



Sound Designer

Stage Movement Director



Dance Captain

Assistant Director

ADAM ESTES* Stage Management Intern


Technical Director


Lighting Designer



Production Manager

Casting Directors




Electrics & Sound Supervisor


Assistant Sound Supervisor

Costume Director

Properties Director

Charge Scenic Artist





Forever Plaid is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International [MTI]. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY. Phone: 212-541-4684; Fax:2123974684; The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited. *Member of Actors’ Equity Association the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. ± Milwaukee Repertory Theater Associate Artist

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CAST LIST Sparky...............................................................................................................Adam Estes* Jinx.........................................................................................................................Paul Helm* Francis............................................................................................................ Nate Lewellyn Smudge......................................................................................................... Anand Nagraj* Pianist..........................................................................................................Colleen Schmitt *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Forever Plaid is dedicated to the “good guys”; to the guys who wheeled the projector carts for the AV club; to the guys who saved their allowance to give their parents a special night on the town for their anniversary; to the guys who carried an extra handkerchief; to the guys who never went beyond first base, and if they did, they didn’t tell anyone. We salute you! This production will be performed without an intermission.


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FOREVER PLAID SONG LIST “Three Coins in the Fountain”

“Papa Loves to Mambo” by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning and Bix Reichner. ©MCMLIV Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., New York, NY. Copyright renewed. Used by permission.

“Gotta Be This or That” by Sonny Skylar. Used by permission of Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP), copyright owner.

“Sing to Me Mr. C” by Charles Ray. Used

by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne. Used by permission of WB Music Corp. and Chappell & Co.

by permission of Roncorn Music Company.

“Undecided” by Sid Robbins and Charles

“Catch a Falling Star” by Oaul Vance and Lee Pockriss. Used by permission of Emily Music Corp.

“Moments to Remember”

“Day-O” by Erik Darling, Bob Carey and Alan Arkin. Used by permission of Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc.

Shavers. Used by permission of MCA Music Publishing, a division of MCA Inc.

by Al Stillman and Robert Allen. Used by permission of Larry Spier, Inc.

“Crazy ‘Bout Ya Baby” by Pat Barret and Rudi Maugeri. Used by permission of Wanessa Music Production, Co.

“Kingston Market” by Irving Burgie. Used by permission of Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc.

“No, Not Much” by Al Stillman and

“Jamaica Farewell” by Lord Burgess. Used by permission of Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc.

“Sha Boom” Published by Warner/ Unichappell Music. Inc.

“Matilda” by Harry Thomas. Used by permission MCA Music Publishing, a division MCS Inc.

“Perfidia” by Milton Leeds and Alberto Dominguez. Used by permission of Peer International Corp.

“Heart and Soul” by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser. Used by permission of Famous Music Corp.

“Cry” by Churchill Kohlman. ©MCMLIV Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., New York , NY. Copyright renewed. Used by permission.

“Lady of Spain” by Robert Hargreaves, Tolchard Evans, Stanley J. Damerell and Henry Tilsley. Used by permission of Sam Fox Publishing Co., Inc.

Robert Allen. Used by permission of Kitty Anne Music.

“Sixteen Tons” by Merle Travis. Used by permission of Unichappel Music Inc.

“Chain Gang” Written by Sam Cooke.

Published by Abkco Music, Inc. Used by permission.

“Anniversary Song” by Al Jolson and

“Sangri-La” by Carl Sigman, Matt Malneck and Robert Maxwell. Used by permission of EMI Robbins Catalog Inc.

“Rags to Riches” by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Used by permission of Major Songs, Co.

Saul Chaplin. ©MCMXLVI Mood Music Co. Inc., New York New York. Copyright renewed. Worldwide Copyright Administrator: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. Used by permission.

“Theme from The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” by Ennio Morricone. Used by

“She Loves You” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Used by permission of Gil Music Corp.

“Love is a Many Splendored Thing”

permission of EMI Unart Catalong Inc.

by Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain. Used by permission of EMI Miller Catalog Inc.

“Dream Along With Me”

by Carl Sigman. Used by permission of Major Songs Co.

“Magic Moments” by Byrt Bacharach and Hal David. Used by permission of Famous Music Corp. “Temptation” by Arthus Freed and Nacio Herb Brown. Used by permission of EMI Robbins Catalog. Forever Plaid –


CAST BIOGR A PHIES Adam Estes, Sparky Adam previously appeared at The Rep in The Andrew Brothers and Route 66. Other credits include performances with Goodman Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Peninsula Players, In Tandem Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Skylight Opera Theatre, Florentine Opera Company, and The Fireside Theatre. For more information, please visit Paul Helm, Jinx Paul is so plaid to be back in the Stackner! Past Rep credits include Gutenberg! The Musical!, Always…Patsy Cline, Laurel and Hardy, Guys on Ice, Life Could Be a Dream, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, The Polish Diva from Milwaukee, and Blue Rose: The Rosemary Clooney Story. Paul has also performed, directed and music directed with the Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Florentine Opera Company, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, American Folklore Theatre, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, Young Actors Guild, and the UWPlatteville Heartland Festival.


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Nate Lewellyn, Francis Nate is a native of Milwaukee, and has recently been living and working in Chicago. He has been seen in Follies (Chicago Shakespeare), Gifts of the Magi (Porchlight Music Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire), as well as productions with Chicago Children’s Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, and Circle Theatre. He also performed in The Bowery Boys at New York’s National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival. He is a proud graduate of Northwestern University. Anand Nagraj, Smudge Anand is delighted to make his Milwaukee Rep debut and to sing these wonderful songs. A native of Virginia, his past regional work includes Chautauqua Theatre Company, Court Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Quantum Theatre, Resident Ensemble Players, and seasons with the Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Virginia Shakespeare Festivals. He is the co-author of the musical, Murphy’s Law. Anand trained at Delaware’s PTTP, and is rejoining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh this spring as a teaching artistin-residence.

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CAST BIOGR A PHIES Colleen Schmitt, Pianist Colleen Schmitt is delighted to be making her debut in Forever Plaid with Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She was recently Music Director and Band Keyboardist in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Waiting...a Song Cycle this past Spring, which premiered in Milwaukee and also Off-Broadway. Having played a variety of music styles and having studied Music Composition, she feels uniquely qualified to be Music Director/Keyboardist for T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical). She would like to thank her family for paying for piano and music composition lessons. Stuart Ross, Creator Stuart Ross staged the premiere of The Boswell Sisters a new musical, which he co-rote with Mark Hampton at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference for the Nation Music Theatre. Prior to this he directed his new play Tea With Bea at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre and Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre. He directed three productions for HBO’s New

Writers Project. Also this season, he won Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Director of a Musical. Stuart wrote and directed the musical phenomenon Forever Plaid. He directed the original New York production, as well as subsequent productions across the United States, Japan, Canada and on London’s West End. On Broadway, he co-authored the Tony nominated musical Starmites and the acclaimed Radio City Music Hall Easter Show. Off-Broadway he wrote Fun With Dick and Jane (workshop Playwrights Horizons), The Heebie Jeebies: The Musical and The Not-So-New Faces. As a director his work includes Breaking Up, Nasty Little Secrets, Conrack, Creeps, The Lunch Girls, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman among others. For six seasons Mr. Ross has been a director and dramaturg for The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference. James Raitt, Original Musical Arrangements James Raitt, was an Arranger, Musical Director, Orchestrator and Musical Supervisor before his death in 1994 at the age of 41. Credits include Forever Plaid, Damn Yankees, Meet Me in St. Louis, Late Nite Comic and Stardust.


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C R E AT I V E T E A M B I O G R A P H I E S JC Clementz, Director JC Clementz is the Artistic Associate: Casting & Artistic Intern Company Director at The Rep. He has assistant directed Othello, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol, and Yellowman. Additionally, JC has directed in Rep Lab for the past two seasons. As a stage manager, JC has traveled throughout Europe as the Assistant Stage Manager for New York Harlem Productions’ international tour of Porgy and Bess (dir. Baayork Lee). Prior to his arrival in Milwaukee, he spent a season at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre working in the casting and literary office. JC holds and MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University. Go Cubs!

work on the D.C. premiere of The Musical of Musicals: The Musical, a Barrymore Nomination for The Flea and the Professor (Arden Theatre Company), and received a Barrymore Award for 11th Hour’s Avenue X. At the Walnut Street Theatre, Dan musically directed, arranged and performed in The Irish . . . and How They Got That Way (Two Barrymore Nominations). Dan’s music has been performed at the Cirque de Demain in Paris, at the A.W.A.R.D. Show Philadelphia and in 213 Productions collaborations, Untitled Project #213 and Your Attention Please! Dan is also the composer of a new musical, The Tapioca Miracle (

Megan Truscott, Scenic Designer Megan Truscott is thrilled to return to the Rep for her fourth show after previously designing Blues in the Night, Ring of Fire: The Music of Dan Kazemi, Musical Director Johnny Cash, and I Left My Heart. Dan Kazemi is a New York based A Chicago-based scenic designer, composer, actor, music director Megan’s work has been seen at and educator, and is an Associate Bailiwick Chicago, Pavement Artist at The Rep. Dan was Musical Group, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Director for The Rep’s recent TheatreSquared, and Young Actors productions of Ragtime, Blues in the Guild of Arkansas. Recent and Night, Assassins, Always . . . Patsy current projects include Our Town Cline, Next to Normal and Cabaret. (DePaul University), Harry and the In Philadelphia, Dan recently Thief (Pavement Group) and A musically directed Kerrigan/ Christmas Carol (TheatreSquared). Lowdermilk’s Flash of Time She would like to thank the and orchestrated and musically incredible team at the Rep for directed the world premiere their continued support. musical, Tulipomania at the Arden Theatre Company. Dan musically directed Tick, Tick . . . Boom!, Jason Orlenko, Costume Designer Austentations, The PhillyRocks! Jason makes his Rep debut with concerts, The World Goes Round Forever Plaid. Most recently, Jason (Barrymore nomination), Reefer designed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Madness, Little Shop of Horrors, for Marquette University. Other Rooms and The Great American previous designs include 4000 Trailer Park Musical for 11th Hour Miles (St. Louis Repertory Theatre), Theatre Company. He also received The Sound of Music and Oklahoma! a Helen Hayes Nomination for his 9

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C R E AT I V E T E A M B I O G R A P H I E S (Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre), The Nightmare Room (In Tandem Theatre), You Can’t Take it With You and Taming of the Shrew (Indiana Festival Theatre). Upcoming, Jason will be designing The Understudy for Renaissance Theaterworks and Hydrogen Jukebox for Skylight Music Theatre. Lee Fiskness, Lighting Designer Lee Fiskness is a freelance Lighting Designer based in Chicago. Here at The Rep he has designed Ring of Fire, Song Man Dance Man, Liberace, and Soultime. He has designed with Manhattan School of Music, Minneapolis Music Theatre, Two River Theatre Company, Writers Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, American Blues Theater, Griffin Theatre, Next Theatre, About Face Theatre, and American Music Theatre Project among others. He is the Lighting Director at The Santa Fe Opera House and has worked there for 13 years. John Tanner, Sound Designer John Tanner is a composer, sound designer and Milwaukee Rep Associate Artist. He is also one of the Principals of TannerMonagle Inc., a video and audio production and post-production house in Milwaukee, WI. His experience covers a broad range of work in scoring, arranging and music composition for television, documentaries, radio, industrial video and theater. His music has won numerous awards, including: Golden Reel Awards; Telly Awards; national, regional and local American Advertising Federation “Addys,” Silver Microphone awards and RAC awards for retail advertising. John has also

garnered both Gold and Platinum sales certification for his album engineering work. His projects include scores for NBC, ABC, Lion’s Gate and PBS. Recent work includes projects with Donald Driver and both David and Jerry Zucker. He has written original scores and designed sound for theatrical productions at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, First Stage Children’s Theater and many others. Magdalene Ellsworth, Stage Movement Director Magdalene Ellsworth has returned to The Rep after spending last season as a Directing Intern. Her previous Stackner credits include Gutenberg, the Musical! (Assistant Director and Choreographer), and Blues in the Night (Assistant Director). She is thrilled to be reunited with her grad school friend, JC, and is honored to be a part of this Forever Plaid team. Upcoming projects: A Christmas Carol (Children’s Director and Staged Movement Director) at the Rep, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Director) at Carthage College, and Next to Normal (Director) at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Many thanks to Mark, JC, Dan, and her husband, Brett. Emily Penick, Assistant Director Emily Penick most recently enjoyed Assistant Directing Ragtime here at The Rep, and is honored to join the Forever Plaid team. Favorite Directing credits include: The Rose Tattoo, The Servant of Two Masters, Spike Heels, The Secret Rapture, and The Lover. Emily recently Assistant Directed The Little Foxes at The Florida Repertory Theatre, which earned rave reviews from Forever Plaid –


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numerous productions at The Julliard School. Kimberly is a graduate of Illinois State University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Kimberly Ann McCann, Stage Manager Kimberly is excited to be in her second season at The Rep. Her Rep credits include Ragtime, Clybourne Park and The Diary of Anne Frank. Broadway credits include Curtains. Off-Broadway credits include: Bill W. and Dr. Bob, How to Save the World and John Ferguson. Regional credits include: Million Dollar Quartet (Chicago), Northlight Theatre, Tuacahn Center for the Arts and Skylight Music Theatre. Other credits include Door Shakespeare, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, ArtsPower National Touring Theatre and

Kimberly Carolus, Stage Management Intern Kimberly is excited to be joining The Rep this season as a Stage Management Intern. Earlier this season she worked on I Left My Heart and Ragtime. Kimberly recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with her BFA in Stage Management. Her UCF credits include Stage Manager for Spring Awakening as well as many Assistant Stage Management positions. She has also worked for the Orlando Repertory Theatre and completed an internship with Walt Disney World.

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