University of the Ozarks Theatre will kick off the 2014-2015 with the musical "Always?Patsy Cline," with performances on Sept. 25, 26 and 27.
The production, which will be held in the Walton Fine Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre, begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 26 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. The house opens 30 minutes prior to the performances and tickets are $8 each. Tickets can be purchased at www.ozarks.edu/theatre.
There will be desserts and beverages available for purchase before the performance.
Written by Ted Swindley, 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, 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. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline."
Patsy Cline will be played by Phoebe Randle, a sophomore theatre major from Texarkana, Ark., and Louise Seger will be played by Machayla Burke, a freshman theatre major from Booneville, Ark.
Ozarks Professor of Theatre Bruce B. Brown will direct the play and serve as house manager and theatre technical director Lucas Hoiland will serve as technical director and light designer. Darrick Conroy will serve as stage manager, Katelyn Nichols will handle program layout and Utah Robertson will be the box office manager and lighting crew. Bre Hudson will handle props and serve as assistant stage manager, Meghan Mansur will be the dessert manager, Alex Ford will serve as the light board operator and John Davis will be the sound board operator.
Other crew members include Lauren Charters, Lynda Kay Brower, Kady Holmes, Friedl Nugent, Theresa Greer, Heather Tankersley, Ariana Lujan, James Allen, Sandra Davis, Jessica Bost, Angelica Thoreaux-Servers, Annie Williams, Brittany Oviedo, Houston Hall, and Jon Warren.