Monday, March 22, 2010

Always A Hit…REP brings Patsy Cline to Clayton: Musical Production Staged for March 27 & 28

The Raleigh Ensemble Players Theater Company (REP) will bring the popular musical production Always...Patsy Cline, to The Clayton Center on Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 28, at 4 p.m.

Considered one of the most produced musicals in American theatre, Always...Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley, is based on his 1988 country-imbued musical jukebox that chronicles the true story between Patsy and her friendship with a groupie from Houston named Louise Seger. Seger, who ultimately befriends the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, continues a correspondence with Cline until her untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. The show's title is inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS... Patsy Cline."

"Always...Patsy Cline" is a look at a star's unforgettable sound and the legacy that still endures to this day. The musical play features 27 of Patsy's unforgettable hits including Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight.

The REP production is directed by Maggie Rasnick and features ensemble members Canady Vance Thomas and Susannah Hough. The Triangle Theatre Review said of the REP production, "[Always...Patsy Cline] provides a splendid showcase for the bodacious singing and acting talents of Canady Thomas in the title role of the Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer, as well as a fabulous forum for Susannah put on a veritable clinic in comic acting."

Tickets for the REP performances are $20 plus service fees. All seats are General Admission. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 919-553-1737, at The Clayton Center Box Office from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

“Always...Patsy Cline” is an addition to The Clayton Center schedule, which annually presents a season of national professional touring performances. All shows are held in the 600-seat renovated historic auditorium at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton, located about 15 miles east of Raleigh.

The Raleigh Ensemble Players Theatre Company is Raleigh’s nationally recognized theatre company and the Triangle’s oldest producer of powerful, provocative and penetrating theatre. For 28 seasons, REP has entertained, challenged and inspired area audiences with its unique brand of storytelling and are happy to be a vital part of the energy and excitement of Downtown Raleigh in their new home at 213 Fayetteville Street.

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