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Students Get Sneak Preview Of Holiday Play 

Some local students got a sneak peek of a new holiday play at the Penobscot Theatre Company. The matinee was all thanks to the Zonta Club in Bangor.The production is called “Plaid Tidings”, the sequel to “Forever Plaid”, the most successful stage production in the 37-year history of the Penobscot Theatre Group.Some junior high and high school students got a special preview of this holiday production. “And this performance is extra special because the Zonta Club purchased all of the tickets for the students today in memory of Barbara Cassidy who passed away a couple of years ago and was a lover of the arts and the theatre here in Bangor,” explains Scott R.C. Levy, the Production Artistic Director at the Penobscot Theatre Company. “Plaid Tidings” is the comedic story of a 60’s doo-wop group that returns from the dead for one last holiday performance. Folks involved with the production say they’re excited to bring a new genre of music to these kids. “They don’t know this music,” says Levy. “All these great songs by Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole that they’re really digging in to and getting festive because the show is really fabulous to see.”But there’s also some music the kids are sure to recognize. Like a hip-hop version of the christmas classic, “Twas the night before Christmas.”The performance received rave reviews from the students. Michael Saliz is a senior at Bangor High School. “I like the people how they’re real energetic too,” he says. “They really make the play what it is that’s also real nice.”7th grader Kasey Grass from the East Range 2 School in Topsfield was glad to take some time off from school and check out the play. “It’s really fun. I like music and everything and there’s also dancing and it’s just fun.”