Back after a popular run last summer, “Always … Patsy Cline” will open Friday, July 23 for a two-weekend run at Marsh River Theater, Monroe Highway/Route 139. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through July 31; plus a Sunday matinee July 25 at 2:30 p.m.

“Always … Patsy Cline” has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway. It has been one of the most produced musicals in America according to American Theatre Magazine and also been popular with international audiences in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

The show is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. Its plot 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 1961 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 “Walking 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.” In the Marsh River production, directed by Mike Switzer, Laurie Berube Giles plays Cline and Carla Ellis plays Seger.

General admission tickets are $9, $7 for those older than 61 and younger than 13. For ticket reservations, call the theater at 722-4110.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to