'Patsy Cline' lives at Marsh River

Jun 15, 2012
Photo by: Georges Nashan Laurie Berube Giles plays the title role in Marsh River Theater's "Always … Patsy Cline.”

Brooks — Marsh River Theater presents "Always … Patsy Cline" Fridays and Saturdays, June 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. at the theater, 24 Monroe Highway/Route 139. Tickets are $12; for more information, call the theater at 722-4110.

Laurie Berube Giles plays Patsy Cline and Carla Ellis plays Louise Seger, Patsy’s friend; Mike Switzer is directing. The musical has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway and also has been enjoyed internationally by audiences in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

"Always … Patsy Cline" is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963.  The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961 and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.

The musical play, complete with down-home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Cline's unforgettable hits such as "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Sweet Dreams" and "Waking After Midnight" — 27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS, Patsy Cline.”

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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