Peterborough Players warms up winter season with musical, ‘Always…Patsy Cline’

  • The Peterborough Players rings in the New Year– and new decade – with an audience favorite, “Always…Patsy Cline,” starring company member Bridget Beirne. Courtesy Photo

Published: 12/26/2019 3:23:13 PM

The Peterborough Players rings in the New Year– and new decade – with an audience favorite, “Always…Patsy Cline,” created and originally directed by Ted Swindley, from Jan.16 through 26.

This rousing musical, featuring classic Patsy Cline hits, has not been seen on the Players’ stage since 2003. The Players has a long history with the music of the country legend, having produced a separate look at Patsy Cline’s life in a different show, “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” in 2014.

“Always…Patsy Cline” is full of down-home laughs and 27 of Patsy’s hit songs (including Crazy, Walking After Midnight, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, and more). In 1961, Patsy Cline was one of the biggest stars in country music. A chance encounter before a concert began the true-to-life, long-time friendship between Patsy and her great fan, Louise Seger. Over beers and bacon-and-eggs, fan and idol became confidants, supporting each other through letters until Patsy’s untimely death at age 30. This rich, heartfelt, toe-tapping musical brings audiences on a journey through one of country music’s greatest friendships.

In her brief career, Patsy Cline left an indelible impact on the music of the 20th century. As one of the first successful crossover artists from country to pop music, she became known for several major hits, including the Willie Nelson-penned Crazy. Popular company member Bridget Beirne returns as Patsy Cline, having played Patsy Cline twice before, once in the Players’ 2014 production of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.” Fellow Players’ favorite Lisa Bostnar returns as Patsy’s true-blue friend, Louise Seger. The production is directed by Tom Frey, and features a live band on stage.

At the Friday, Jan. 17 7:30 p.m. performance of “Always…Patsy Cline,” the Players will be hosting their next Pay-What-You-Can evening for select members of the community as outlined on their website. Kindly call the box office if you have any questions regarding Pay-What-You-Can nights.

The Players is also pleased to announce Andy’s Summer Playhouse as their Community Partner for this production. On Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 19, the Players will be collecting donations of any size on behalf of Andy’s, as a way to say thank you to Andy’s for their many years of fostering the next generation of theatre artists and audiences.

“Always…Patsy Cline” runs from Jan. 16 through 26. Tickets are $43, and may be purchased online at peterboroughplayers.org or by calling the box office at (603) 924-7585. Barn Door Flex Passes are still available, and are always a great way to see more for less.




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