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Arts Playlist: Delaware Theatre Company’s ‘Plaid Tidings’

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Delaware Theatre Company
Delaware Theatre Company's 2022 production of Plaid Tidings - by Stuart Ross, original vocal and musical arrangements by James Raitt, vocal and musiscal arrangements by James Raitt, Brad Ellis, Raymond Berg, and David Snyder, directed by Matt Silva.

The Delaware Theatre Company is offering a musical holiday celebration for audiences this year. “Plaid Tidings” revisits the characters and music of the hit musical “Forever Plaid,” with a Christmas twist.

This week on Arts Playlist, our Kelli Steele caught up with Matt Silva – Delaware Theatre Company executive director and director of “Plaid Tidings’” run – to get a preview.

A holiday spectacular for the entire family is at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington.

Plaid Tidings features four gentlemen known as the four “Plaids” who dance and sing tunes, all while wearing matching plaid outfits.

“I think that it’s chock full of music,” said Delaware Theatre Company executive director Matt Silva, who is also directing this run of Plaid Tidings. “(You’ll hear) a lot of holiday favorites that everyone knows, with different interpretations of them. Also some other standard classics from sort of the 50’s and 60’s - like Sh Boom and Stranger in Paradise - things like that. So you’re really getting a full flavor of music from the holidays - as well as the 50’s and 60’s era.”

And before the show, Silva says the DTC will have music in its lobby, along with a special contest.

“We have some performances - there will be some choirs coming to sing. So if you get here a little bit early, you’ll hear some school choirs, some community choirs singing on the steps - just to get you into the holiday spirit. There’s also an ugly sweater contest - photo contest - so we have a little area with a polaroid camera where you come, you take a photo and you leave it there after you leave your info on the back.”

Silva says the DTC will vote and the winner will get a $100 gift card to a nearby restaurant.

Plaid Tidings is at the theater until December 18, 2022.

Tickets are available at the Delaware Theatre company's website.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.