'Always ... Patsy Cline' tribute begins Friday

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"Always … Patsy Cline" is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at the age of 30.

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 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 Patsy's most popular hits such as "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Sweet Dreams" and "Walkin' 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."

The show is presented in honor of the 50th anniversary of the plane crash in rural Tennessee on March 5, 1963, in which Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hankshaw Hawkins and pilot Randy Hughes lost their lives.

Starring Maxine Metheney as Patsy Cline and Shelly Lillibridge as Louise Seger, this show is sure to become one of Footlight Players most memorable productions. Also featured will be musicians Mike Hoskins, Norma Getchy, Chad Leacraft, Steve Shaw and Jeremy Timmons as the "Bodacious Bobcats," accompanying Patsy as she sings her way through all of your favorite songs.

Please feel free to wear western-themed clothes for what is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Special musical entertainment will also be featured each performance night from 7-8 p.m. by various local acoustic artists. There will also be a musical tribute at intermission each night to the Women of the Country Music Hall of Fame performed by Patsy Cline understudy, Kristin Amore.

An opening night reception, featuring some "down home" cuisine, will be complimentary to everyone attending the opening night performance. The reception will begin at 7 p.m.

Performance dates are March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. at the Triple Locks Theater. Additional dates may be added in the event of a sell-out.

Reservations began Feb. 19 for the general public.

Tickets may be reserved by calling 740-622-2959, Monday through Thursday, 7-9 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. on performance dates. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students through grade 12.

For additional information, go to www.footlightplayers.com.

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