I had a great time during a recent Friday evening. I attended a dinner theatre at Metamora Fields golf course. The dinner was served buffet style by Metamora Fields.  Curt Rowden and the Metamora Thespian Society put on the musical entitled “Forever Plaid.” It’s the story of a four man singing group modeled after the groups popular during the 1950s and 1960s. The story goes that they were on their way to a gig that could be their big break. A bus full of Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles plowed into the Plaids. The girls were fine, but not the Plaids. They went to the great concert hall in the sky. The Plaids missed their chance at stardom. But Fate was eventually kind to them and they were given a last chance to stage their last performance.  That’s where “Forever Plaid” begins. The Plaids find themselves on stage with a chance to do their stuff. And they’re up to the challenge. They perform “Three Coins in a Fountain,” “Moments to Remember,” “No, Not Much,”  “Sixteen Tons,”  “Chain Gang,” “Lady of Spain,” “Shangri-La,” and “Love is a Many Splendored Thing.” These were not all the songs they sang, just the ones I was familiar with.  The four Plaids were played by: Frankie by Kevin McClelland; Sparky by Aaron Elwell; Jinx by Jarod Hazzard and Smudge by Jimmy LaHood. They were accompanied by the Unknown Pianist, Alex Buzzel.  “Forever Plaid” is essentially a vehicle for showcasing some of the popular hits of the 50s and 60s before the Beatles. And this cast showcases them well. Punctuated by skits throughout the show, the Plaids tell their stories full of dreams that never happened. These bittersweet tales mesh well against the humor and craziness that characterized that period of time. I had seen “Forever Plaid” at Corn Stock years ago. I remember I recognized a lot of their music and had a great time. Mostly though, I remember the theme for the publicity. It was a question, “What does it mean to be Plaid? “ That question ran through my mind as I watched the Metamora Thespian Society perform under the direction of Curt Rowden. What indeed does it mean to be Plaid? Does it mean to persevere in spite of the obstacles? Does it mean the show must go on, no matter where or when? Or, am I overthinking all of this? At the conclusion of the musical, Curt gave a short talk. He thanked everyone who attended and those who made donations to the cause. He said that he planned to continue bringing live theater to Metamora Fields. I plan to attend every one of his productions. Not just because it’s local. Because it’s fun.  Congratulations to Curt, his cast and all those who made this production possible. They have done a very fine job. I’m looking forward to the next show.