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Love "Always...Patsy Cline" at the Pollard

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma opens Season 29 with “Always…Patsy Cline” directed by Timothy Stewart with musical direction by Todd S. Malicoate. Anyone who loves country music will always love Patsy Cline. Anyone who loves music but is no fan of country still will always love Patsy Cline, the first crossover artist. And the enjoyment continues with this production. The early and tragic death of Patsy Cline in a plane crash shocked her many fans and was a great loss to the music world. The renowned author and director, Ted Swindley is the author of “Always…Patsy Cline” the true story of a magical friendship between Patsy Cline and her greatest fan, Louise Seger. The action plays out through the recollections of Louise Seger and the letters from Patsy. Every letter Seger received from Patsy was signed ‘Love Always…Patsy Cline’ and this friendship inspired the award winning writer Swindley to write one of the most popular plays in production around the country, still strong 50 years after the star’s death.

The players in this production (stars themselves) include the great band that backs up her music. Todd S. Malicoate is on piano, Bart Varner is on fiddle and guitar, Jason Hunt plays bass, and Aaron Marshall keeps the beat on drums. Jodi Nestander is outstanding as Louise Seger and Kara Chapman is Patsy Cline. Her voice, her attitude, her strength—every bit of what makes Patsy Cline great is recreated in Kara Chapman. The musical memories are enchanting, entrancing and extremely entertaining! After the show, the old records come out and it’s a very good thing that the show plays through September 12, 2015. It may be ‘Crazy’ all the time or ‘Anytime’ but ‘Sweet Dreams’ are the inevitable result unless it’s missed and then ‘I Fall to Pieces’ because it is ‘So Wrong’ to pass it by.

Stewart assembled a great crew for this production. The set by James A. Hughes is beautiful and designed for the best acoustical values with the band backstage allowing Chapman’s vocal qualities to resound perfectly and blend with the band. The mood lighting is lovely as well and all the technical aspects enhance the production.

Clearly any time a devoted fan hears another artist perform the work they love, they are either profoundly disappointed or ecstatic. Fans of Patsy Cline will be ecstatic over “Always…Patsy Cline” at the Pollard Theatre at 120 W. Harrison, Guthrie, Oklahoma. Call the box office at 204-282-2800 or visit before the show closes on September, 12, 2015. Season 29—Divine!