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Author's Note
"Forever Plaid"
When most of us think of the 1950s, we think of rock ‘n’ roll, greasers, hot rods, Elvis, Annette, Fabian, D.A., haircuts and teenage rebellion. But there was a flip side to this era—the side of harmony, innocence and the sincerity of dreams. It is the side that’s been lost in the shuffle of progress. It was a time when most parents and kids listened and danced to the same music; when families partook of the ritual of gathering in front of the TV to watch their favorite variety shows, like the Ed Sullivan show or the Perry Como Show. It was a time when every family worked to fulfill the American Dream.It was a period when four-part guy groups harmonized their way across the airwaves, jukeboxes and hi-fis of the country.  Throughout the land they would stand at a quartet of microphones, crooning a multitude of chaperoned prom-goers into dreamy romance.They wore dinner jackets and bow ties (or perhaps cardigans and white bucks). Each move was drilled to precision. Each vocal arrangement soared to stratospheric heights of harmony. This sound crested right before rock ‘n’ roll stole the heartbeat of music across the globe.During this time, guys across the country banded together to sing in the basement for fun. If things worked out, they might be hired to sing at weddings, conventions, proms and country club socials. Inspired by the success of the recording stars, they made plans to zoom into careers of fame and fortune. But the musical taste of the U.S.A. was changing, and the country would not stop to listen to their dreams. This is the story of such a group—FOREVER PLAID.
-Stuart Ross

"The Taffetas"
I loved TV show's like Leave it to Beaver and My Little Margie and they have the same essence as 50's music. Everything seemed so simple and innocent- it was a neat era. This is a tribute to the girl groups of the 1950's, the McGuire Sisters, The Fontane Sisters and The Chordettes. "The Taffetas" make nostalgia what it is today! Spend an hour and a half with "The Taffetas" and their three-piece band and remember what Sunday night television was like on your 12-inch black and white screen.
- Rick Lewis
MUSICAL SYNOPSIS
"Forever Plaid"
(There is no Intermission)

Deus Ex Plaid
Three Coins in the Fountain
Gotta Be This or That / Undecided
Moments to Remember
Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby
No, Not Much
Perfidia
Cry
Sixteen Tons / Chain Gang
The Catering Drill / She Loves You
The Golden Cardigan
Catch a Falling Star
Caribbean Plaid
Heart and Soul
Mercury
Lady of Spain
Scotland the Brave
Shangri-La / Rags to Riches
Love is a Many Splendored Thing

"The Taffetas"
SH-BOOM
Love’s a Two Way Street
Mr. Sandman
The Three Bells
Tonight You Belong to Me
Hurt Medley
A-Choo Cha Cha
Mockin’ Bird Hill
Travel Medley
- 15 Minute Intermission
Music! Music! Music! Medley
Sincerely
Boys Medley
I’ll Think of You
Little Darlin’
Spotlight on Music


Letter from the
Director
From the Director of "Forever Plaid"
First, let me thank you for venturing back to the world of live theatre. For me, theatre is a way to connect with other people. To come together, cheer, laugh, cry and celebrate the human experience. We need that connection more today than ever. 
Forever Plaid is a story about 4 friends, who finally get to come back together and perform the show they never got to do in life. Although the show seems to just be a collection of some of the greatest four-part harmony songs of the 1950’s, the group makes some important connections with their true selves and the meaningful lives they had led. Francis realizes that in their lifetime they had experienced more than their share of “perfect chords” and reminds us “that’s all anyone has the right to ask for.” 
I hope you will recognize a little of yourself in these characters and enjoy not only their tight harmonies and fun dance moves, but watching them grow up right in front of your eyes. Especially in these unsure and trying times, I hope we can look for the “perfect chords” in our own lives, and see the gifts that are right before us as we create and share the music (knowledge, friendship, words, hope, etc…) that come from deep inside us every single day. Stay healthy and love always!
Debbie Ditton

From the Director of "The Taffetas"
The date: June 10, 1956.
The place: Spotlight on Music, broadcast straight to your 12-inch black and white screen.
The group: The Taffetas, a quartet of talented swingin’, singin’ sisters.
The goal: to get noticed and invited onto the Ed Sullivan Show.

“The Taffetas: A Music Journey Through the 1950s” is a musical filled to the brim with nostalgia, catchy tunes, and feminine energy. As they say in the show, if you’re here to partake in some weightier topics, this is not the show for you. Rather, we hope that this show is a breath of fresh air for you during these difficult times; between COVID 19, the wildfires on the east coast, civil unrest, and the upcoming election, I think we all could use a break. So sit back and enjoy these love songs, fun songs, swing tunes, and slow tunes! The world will still be there when we’re through, but we hope we can brighten yours for just a few hours.
Lauren Sidwell

THANK You TO OUR 2020 Season SPONSORS
Cast List
Lotti Sidwell
Donna
Alyssa Burton
Cheryl
Kaylyn Taylor Baldwin
Peggy
Lindsey Kelstrom
Kaye
Dallin Clark
Sparky
Landon Weeks
Jinx
Clifton Richards
Smudge
Ryan Leonhardt
Francis
Production Team
Celeste Baillio
Business Director, Marketing, Costumes
Debbie Ditton
Director for "Forever Plaid", Music Director for "Forever Plaid" and "The Taffetas", Set Designer
Lauren Sidwell
Director for "The Taffetas"
Stephanie White
Choreographer for "Forever Plaid"
Staci Nelmelka
Choreographer for "The Taffetas"
Thomas Jennings
Tech Director, Set Builder
Kenneth Bell
Lighting Designer
Jared Gregerson
Props
Anissa Wellington
Stage Manager
Owen Sidwell
Sound Designer
Jay Richards
Piano
Robyn Peterson
Percussion
Jim Schaub
Bass
Bodie Brower
Graphic Designer, Marketing, Program Design
Robert Edwards
Stage Hand
Aidan Curtis
Stage Hand
Maren Lyman
Stitcher
Rebecca Critchley
Spotlight Operator
Mark Hulse
Spotlight Operator

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Lotti Sidwell
Donna
BIOGRAPHY

Lotti Sidwell loves performing and has done numerous shows in the valley. Favorite roles include Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical, Lucy VanPelt in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Hannah in Freaky Friday. She also does a live-play Dungeons and Dragons podcast called Faerie Fire. When Lotti isn’t onstage or being a huge nerd she’s making comics and chilling with her cat, Tom Bombadil. She would like to thank her fantastic friends and family for all their support! She also may or may not be involved in government cover-up that has something to do with inter-dimensional moth beings, but these are just allegations. Enjoy the show!

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Alyssa Burton
Cheryl
BIOGRAPHY

Alyssa may look the part of a pretty pink princess in the Taffetas, but as a true Wyoming girl she is most often found covered in sweat and dirt after a triathlon or hike. Alyssa has long had a passion for the arts and participated in theater in high school as well as USU’s recent production of Once Upon a Mattress. She is a current student at Utah State University studying Music Therapy. Alyssa hopes to use this skill as well as the Spanish she learned while serving as a missionary in Paraguay to help elevate those immigrating from South America to the U.S. Her greatest support has always been her parents and six younger siblings who she loves dearly.

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Kaylyn Taylor Baldwin
Peggy
BIOGRAPHY

Kaylyn Taylor Baldwin is receiving a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Utah State. She has most recently performed as Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with USU Opera Theatre. She has received awards from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions, and other honors while attending Utah State University. In her free time, she loves to read vocal pedagogy books and teach voice in her music studio.

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Lindsey Kelstrom
Kaye
BIOGRAPHY

Lindsey loves the nostalgia she feels performing the hit tunes of the 1950s in The Tafettas. She’s also so grateful for the talented “sisters” with whom she gets to sing some sweet four-part harmonies. Lindsey loves producing, directing, and performing in local productions in the valley. Her recent favorites have been directing Mamma Mia! on the Ellen Eccles stage and performing as Alice Murphy in Bright Star at the Utah Theatre. She is also the current President of Cache Theatre Company. “Thanks to my wonderful family for their endless support in all these adventures on and off stage!”

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Dallin Clark
Sparky
BIOGRAPHY

Dallin is just about as excited as his character is to be back on stage! Back in February he returned from two years of missionary service in the Canada Calgary Mission. Dallin's previous roles include Elton in Music Theatre West's The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Jetsam in Cache Theatre Company's The Little Mermaid. Dallin is currently enrolled at Utah State University and is beginning in the Landscape Architecture program. He hopes to keep music and performing as a major part of his life for many years to come though!

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Landon Weeks
Jinx
BIOGRAPHY

Landon is excited to make his Music Theatre West debut in this production of Forever Plaid. He was recently seen in Cache Theater's production of Bright Star as Daddy Cane/Stanford as well as in various productions at the Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden and the Old Barn Community Theater. He'd like to thank his family for the never ending support of his time consuming hobby to be able to play on stage with this amazing group of zany performers.

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Clifton Richards
Smudge
BIOGRAPHY

Clifton’s favorite roles include Benjamin in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Will Parker in Oklahoma, and Captain Hook opposite his wife as Peter Pan in (you guessed it) Peter Pan. He loves dogs and his favorite color is green.

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Ryan Leonhardt
Francis
BIOGRAPHY

Frances, Ryan‘s mom, knew he was destined to be heard when the primary song leader asked if Ryan could “sing a little more quietly“. 😂😂 Ryan wants to thank his family for being patient with his stage dream of, as his character Frankie says, seeking "A perfect chord. One perfect moment." Ryan loves local theater, and has performed on the stage many times with Music Theater West and Cache Theatre Company.

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Celeste Baillio
Business Director, Marketing, Costumes
BIOGRAPHY

Celeste Baillio has a BFA in Music Dance Theatre and Theatre Education from BYU. She has served as the Business Director of Music Theatre West for the past 3 years. Before that she was the Treasurer for Cache Theatre Company. She has done costumes for several shows and also loves to perform. Her past favorite roles have been Miss Hanngian in Annie, Katherine in Freaky Friday, Morticia in The Addams Family, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls.

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Debbie Ditton
Director for "Forever Plaid", Music Director for "Forever Plaid" and "The Taffetas", Set Designer
BIOGRAPHY

Debbie loves to teach - anything. She especially loves to teach others how to use their voices to share their joys and passions in a meaningful way. She strongly believes that live theatre is a powerful way to communicate and connect. She loves facilitating discoveries with her casts and celebrating alongside them as they overcome fears and perform with joy. Debbie has been teaching private voice lessons for 29 years. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Dance Theatre. She travelled a season with the Young Ambassadors and enjoyed her time on the stage in numerous musical theatre productions. Since then, she has performed, vocal directed and directed numerous shows with The Celebrate America Show, Cache Theatre Company, Pickleville Playhouse and most recently with Music Theatre West. Her favorite roles have been Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Muzzy in Crazy For You, Mrs. Fairfax in Jane Eyre, Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady and Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast. She has been seen most recently on the Ellen Eccles Stage as Rosie in Mamma Mia and Maude Dunlop in The Music Man. Of course, she would not be able to do any of this without the support of her wonderful husband and four amazing children and their families. She wants them to know that they are the light of her life!

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Lauren Sidwell
Director for "The Taffetas"
BIOGRAPHY

Lauren has been an actor in Cache Valley for many years now, and is excited to finally take a step beyond the fourth wall and direct a show with Music Theatre West! Directing and assistant directing credits include: Fairly Potter: a Musical Parody; the Little Mermaid Jr.; Aladdin Jr.; and One Musical to Rule Them All: a Lord of the Rings Musical Parody. Previous acting credits include: Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Alice Beineke in The Addams Family; Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray; Emily Webb in Our Town; and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.She is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts class of 2013 (Acting emphasis), and is currently working on a second degree with a bachelor of arts in Music (Vocal emphasis).

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Stephanie White
Choreographer for "Forever Plaid"
BIOGRAPHY

Stephanie is so grateful to be back in the theatre once again after having six shows cancelled this spring. And Music Theatre West is really her home - the place where she experimented and learned how to choreograph for musical theatre. In fact, she has choreographed all but three main stage productions for MTW since 2007. A native of Logan, Stephanie currently teaches for the Theatre Arts Department at Utah State University and acts as the Arts Access Program Coordinator in the Caine College of the Arts. She choreographs for musical theatre, opera, straight plays, and show choirs. Included affiliations are Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Lyric Theatre, American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Music Theatre West, Cache Regional Theatre, and Four Seasons. Stephanie has taught, performed, and choreographed for the Cache Valley Civic Ballet. Ever the bad guy, her roles have included the Mouse King, Maleficent (Carabosse), the Wicked Stepmother, and Katschei the Immortal (Firebird). Stephanie began working towards her Master of Fine Arts in Dance at Montclair State University (N.J.) this summer. She couldn’t do any of this without her amazing, supportive family. Grateful that they will put up with her. And, sometimes, she sleeps…

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Staci Nelmelka
Choreographer for "The Taffetas"
BIOGRAPHY

Staci Nemelka has been dancing for 25+ years, with emphasis in hip-hop, jazz, musical theatre, and lyrical styles. She has enjoyed shifting her focus to teaching and choreography the past several years as she has created dances and movement for Music Theatre West, Four Seasons Theatre Company, Cache Theatre Company, Nibley Children’s Theatre, Sky View High School, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ Indiana temple cultural celebration, and various solo and team competition routines. Staci has been asked to be a guest artist in teaching workshops with Cache Valley Civic Ballet and Utah State University. She currently teaches dance at Dance Illusion and loves to personally attend various master classes in different dance styles whenever she gets the chance! Beyond dancing, Staci is educated and trained as a registered nurse, is on a huge Uno and Mancala kick with her four kids, loves all things Disney and Disneyland related, loves to read in any spare minute she can find, and can usually be found with a Diet Dr. Pepper in hand. It has been a delight for her to work with these four talented Taffetas and she hopes the audience will be able to sit back and enjoy some of these fun favorites from years passed!

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Thomas Jennings
Tech Director, Set Builder
BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Jennings recently graduated from Utah State University with his MFA in set and lighting design for theatre. This is his first show with Music Theatre West and he is excited to be a part of the team. If he is not in the theatre you can find him in the mountains with his wife and two fur babies.

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Kenneth Bell
Lighting Designer
BIOGRAPHY

Kenneth is happy to be working with Music Theater West again. Lighting design and working behind the scenes is what he loves to do. Locally, Kenneth has enjoyed working with the Cache Theatre Company and their productions of Jekyll and Hyde, Camelot, and Bright Star. He has enjoyed lighting the acapella group "Voicemail" for the last 13 years, and is currently working for the 6th season with "The Forgotten Carols". In his spare time, Kenneth owns and operates Magic Productions, a theatrical equipment rental company that he founded over 20 years ago. He loves anything related to theatre, with a special affinity for lighting design. When he isn't "playing" at work, he loves to spend time with his family, especially his first grandchild, Lydia!

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Jared Gregerson
Props
BIOGRAPHY

Jared's first show was Fairly Potter, 4 years ago, and has been addicted to theater ever since. The first show he did props for was Jekyll and Hyde and ended up loving props as much as theatre itself. He is honored to have been asked by Music Theater West to take care of their properties. This will be his second show with MTW and hopefully not the last!

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Anissa Wellington
Stage Manager
BIOGRAPHY

Anissa has been the stage manager for Music Theater West for the past four years but has been involved with the technical side of theater for many years. Her favorite roles have included the kitchen sink in Mary Poppins and the hedge in The Sound of Music. When not backstage, she enjoys reading, baking and competitive game nights with her husband and family.

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Owen Sidwell
Sound Designer
BIOGRAPHY

Since he was a very small lad, Owen Sidwell has performed in many shows throughout the valley. But after doing some soul searching, he decided to betray his theatrical kin and turned to the dark side: tech. Owen has been a sound nerd since high school, and in 2019 he eventually attended and graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. Immediately after school he interned at Barefoot Recording Studio in Los Angeles, and eventually started building his own studio in Utah.

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Jay Richards
Piano
BIOGRAPHY

Jay Richards has composed for studio, film, television, radio, musical theatre, dance, the concert stage, and countless commercial album releases during his 25 years in the music industry. Jay was the founding director of Music Theatre West.

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Robyn Peterson
Percussion
BIOGRAPHY

Robyn is happy to be playing again for Music Theatre West as it affords her a chance to stave off the live performance withdrawals of the past few months. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Percussion Performance and has enjoyed playing a motley assortment of gigs ever since. She is grateful for her cool parents who let her play percussion in the first place, despite its being "loud", and enjoys hiking, reading, and paddle boarding.

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Jim Schaub
Bass
BIOGRAPHY

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Bodie Brower
Graphic Designer, Marketing, Program Design
BIOGRAPHY

It’s been over 11 years since Bodie’s first involvement with Music Theatre West. Bodie currently works full time at his own graphic/web/video/etc. design business (Bodwa Productions) he started 14 years ago. Every day is different and a fun mystery of what he gets to work on. He is the father of two spunky boys, and an adorable little girl. He enjoys the occasional maple bar and swedish pancakes with his family for breakfast.

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Robert Edwards
Stage Hand
BIOGRAPHY

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Aidan Curtis
Stage Hand
BIOGRAPHY

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Maren Lyman
Stitcher
BIOGRAPHY

Maren is an award-winning costume designer/artisan with over 20 years of experience. She received her BFA in Costume Design from Utah State University and went on to continue her education with an MFA in Costume Design from San Diego State University. While at SDSU, Maren taught period costume movement and manners and was an active student member of United States Institute of Theatre and Technology (USITT), participating in Design Expo and TECH Expo. She was also a member of the Costume Society of America. As a technician, Maren has worked in shops from BYU to The LaJolla Playhouse, San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, Lamb’s Players, and PCPA Theatrefest. Locally, she has designed for The Lyric Rep, Music Theater West, Green Canyon High School, Sky View High School’s Sky High Players, Smithfield Youth Theatre, Serendipity Dance Co., Celebrate America Show, Cache Theatre Co., and the SVHS Marching Band and Color Guard. Design credits include: Big River; The completely orange children’s production of OPQRS, Etc., which was a design finalist at the ACTF Festivention in Anaheim, CA; Les Misérables, Student Ed.; Aida; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man; Oklahoma!; Pirates of Penzance; Sleeping Beauty, Western-Style; Hansel and Gretel; The 12 Dancing Princesses; Flora, the Red Menace; Macbeth; Abducting Diana; She Loves Me!; Me and My Girl and Lysistrata, which won a Pate’ Award Salute to Theatre Excellence for Best Costume Design in the Greater San Diego area. Music Theatre West credits include: Jane Eyre, Little Women, Guys and Dolls, The Secret Garden, Death of a Diva, Once on this Island; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Diamonds and Demons, My Fair Lady; Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr; and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat . Maren and her husband, Chris, have three daughters. When not with her family, or in front of a sewing machine, her latest love is tap- dancing.

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Rebecca Critchley
Spotlight Operator
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Mark Hulse
Spotlight Operator
BIOGRAPHY

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