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‘Always ... Patsy Cline’

Touching musical opens at Canyon Theatre Guild

Posted: July 29, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: July 29, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Marie Wise-Hawkins, as Patsy Cline, left, and Dawnita Kay Shelden, as Louise Seger, in “Always ... Patsy Cline.”

"Always...Patsy Cline" is the internationally acclaimed musical based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with a fan - a Houston housewife named Louise Seger. Louise first heard Patsy Cline on the "Arthur Godfrey Show" in 1957. She became an immediate and avid fan of Patsy's and constantly hounded her local disc jockey to play Patsy Cline's records on the radio.

When Patsy traveled to Houston for a show in 1961, Louise and her buddies arrived about an hour-and-a-half early and, by coincidence, the two women met and struck up a friendship that was to culminate in Cline spending the night at Louise's house. The friendship lasted until Patsy's untimely death in a plane crash in 1963.

The play focuses on the fateful evening at Houston's Esquire Ballroom when Louise hears of Patsy Cline's death. Louise Seger provides the narrative while Cline floats in and out of the set, singing tunes that made her famous: "Anytime," "I Fall To Pieces," "She's Got You," "Sweet Dreams" and "Crazy" - to name a few. The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Patsy Cline a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans.

"Always...Patsy Cline" comes to the Canyon Theatre Guild on Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., July 30 through Aug. 28. Ticket prices are $12 to $15 for seniors and juniors and $15 to $17 for adults. Call the box office for reservations at (661) 799-2702. The CTG is at 24242 Main Street, Newhall, CA 91321.


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