2011-07-14 / General Stories

Always...Patsy Cline Returns to the Bastrop Opera House

Always...Patsy Cline returns to the Bastrop Opera House Friday night at 7:30 pm for a four-weekend run on Fridays and Saturdays through August 6. In addition, there is a Sunday matinee on July 24 at 2:30 pm.

Ted Swindley wrote and originally directed this American musical classic based upon true stories of the popular country singer whose career tragically ended at age 30 when she died in an airplane crash.

Told by Houstonian Louise Seger, Cline’s music is woven throughout the storytelling by her number one fan who later acted as her agent.

Terry Lyne Moore as Patsy Cline and Engela Edwards as Louise recreate their roles with warmth, humor and musical excellence. Both performers are thrilled to be bringing this work back to life. Moore has just received her latest disc recording of the tunes Cline popularized “Patsy Remembered.” Edwards will be touring in Oklahoma in September the popular “Pruning the Family Tree” seen in the Opera House last fall.

The ladies are supported in this fast-paced romp by a six-piece stage band named in the show as the Bodacious Bobcats. Band leader is Steve Brooks, guitar; Sean Kelly, stand-up bass; Jeff Tveraas, drums; Craig Park, steel guitar; piano, East Side Flash; Jenna Geueke and Blake West, piano (second weekend).

With the artistry of her mother’s costume designs, Moore’s interpretation of the role is not only musically proficient but a retro visual feast. Jessie Butterfield of Arkansas, an accomplished clothing designer, crafted her daughter’s costumes, drawing applause and praise during last year’s show. Susan Weems Wendel and Rachel Edwards facilitate the fast costume changes for Moore.

Director Chester Eitze has enlisted technical support from Scott Moore on follow spot; Randy Combs, stage lighting; Lisa Holcomb, house manager; Nick Collier, set construction; and Engela Edwards, promotions designer. Providing special services and production support are Bill Edwards, Jane Hunt, Jennifer Longoria, Ken Huncovsky, Bonnie Collier, David Phillips, Cindy and Richard Thompson, Georgia-Gwen Herndon, and Will, Keaton and Landon Holcomb. Opera House volunteers are a praise worthy asset of all of our productions.

Partnering with the Opera House on the show is Maxine’s on Main. Offering a delicious dining experience before the show, guests need to make reservations a day prior to their show date. Dinner starts at 6 pm. Reserving dinner go to http://bastropoperahouse.com/maxines- 2.html. The printed program for this production is a multi-page souvenir and is a new marketing adventure for the Bastrop theatre.

This promises to be a new partnership between the Opera House and businesses like those advertising in this prototype. Show tickets may be purchased at BastropOperaHouse.com. Seating is limited for each of the nine performances. The landmark playhouse is located at 711 Spring Street in historic downtown Bastrop named in 2010 as a “Distinctive Destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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