Always, Patsy Cline
by Hill Country Community Theatre (HCCT)
Sep. 23 - Oct. 16, 2022
Always . . . Patsy Cline is musical play by Ted Swindley, based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger.
The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all.
Having first heard Cline on the Arthur Godfrey Show in 1957, Seger became an immediate and avid fan of Cline's and she constantly hounded the local disc jockey to play Cline's records on the radio. In 1961 when Cline went to Houston for a show, Seger and her buddies arrived about an hour and a half early and, by coincidence, met Cline who was traveling alone. The two women struck up a friendship that was to culminate in Cline spending the night at Seger's house—a friendship that lasted until Cline's untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. The relationship, which began as fan worship evolved into one of mutual respect. It is the kind of relationship that many fans would like to have with their heroes. Over a pot of strong coffee, the two women chatted about their common concerns. When Cline finally left for Dallas, her next job, the two women had exchanged addresses and telephone numbers. Seger never expected to hear from Cline again, but soon after she left, Seger received the first of many letters and phone calls from Cline. The pen-pal relationship provides much of the plot of the show.
The play focuses on the fateful evening at Houston's Esquire Ballroom when Seger hears of Cline's death in a plane crash. Seger supplies a narrative while Cline floats in and out of the set singing tunes that made her famous. The show combines humor, sadness, and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was alive a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”
Directed and graciously underwritten by Cathy Rose.
“It’s a beautiful tribute shared through the memories of Louise Seger, who Patsy continued to correspond with until her death, and features twenty-seven of Patsy’s songs!” said Patty Gosselin, HCCT Executive director.
Linda Bradshaw and Kathryn McWilliams will play the roles of Louise and Patsy, respectively. The performance will also be accompanied by a live band on stage directed by Les Young. “We have been very fortunate to find such talented players for this show to initiate HCCT’s thirty-eighth season,” said Ms. Rose.
The 2022-2023 season also boasts a bold selection of comedy, music and touching drama, including the hilarious A TUNA CHRISTMAS in December; the popular Broadway musical about love at all stages of life, I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECRT, NOW CHANGE in February; the award-winning ON GOLDEN POND in April; and, finishing the season in summer 2023, OLIVER – THE MUSICAL set in the underworld of Victorian England about one boy’s search for love. Season Ticket packages allow patrons to make early reservations and save money over single ticket purchases. They are available through the website and the Box Office.
September 23 - October 16, 2022
4003 W FM 2147
Horseshoe Bay, TX, 78657
September 23 at 7:30 pm
September 24 at 7:30 pm
September 25 at 2:00 pm
September 30 at 7:30 pm
October 1 at 7:30 pm
October 2 at 2:00 pm
October 7 at 7:30 pm
October 8 at 7:30 pm
October 9 at 2:00 pm
October 14 at 7:30 pm
October 15 at 7:30 pm
October 16 at 2:00 pm
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 830-798-8944 or from the website at www.theHCCT.org .
For more information about the impact donors could have on the success of HCCT’s planned and future productions through underwriting, please contact Patty Gosselin at 830-693-2474.