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Always…Patsy Cline: Come On In (and Enjoy the Show)

By • Apr 29th, 2006 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Prince William Little Theatre’s Always…Patsy Cline [MP3 4:40 1.3MB]; or read the transcript.

Laura: Tonight we saw the opening night performance of Prince William Little Theatre‘s Always…Patsy Cline.

Mike: Always…Patsy Cline is the story of the life of Patsy Cline, the singer from 1960. She was on tour down in Houston. One of her fans, Louise Seger, attends one of her concerts and the two strike up a friendship. The rest of the show is about their friendship and the letters they write back and forth to each other over the years. Between the letters there were lots of songs sung by Patsy Cline.

Laura: I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this show, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was also surprised that I recognized more songs than I thought I would from Patsy Cline. I recognized probably eight to ten of her songs.

Mike: I wasn’t expecting to recognize but maybe a couple Patsy Cline songs. I recognized a fair amount of them and they were really well done.

Laura: Jill Wainner played the role of Patsy Cline. She did a really good job and she had a really nice voice. She had a lot of songs to perform. I liked her performance very much.

Mike: Patsy’s friend, Louise Seger, was played by Barbara D. Carpenter. Barbara’s character added a lot to the show. It was a lot of fun watching her remember her friendship with Patsy.Talking to her boyfriend and her boss about this great singer. Also talking to the DJ about requesting Patsy Cline songs. It was fun watching her dance while Patsy was singing and clapping to the music. Watching her conduct the band was also fun. She even went out into the audience and danced with a couple people. The show was about two hours long. There were 27 songs that Patsy Cline, Jill Wainner, sang throughout the evening.

Laura: Although we were not the youngest members of the audience tonight we were close to it.

Mike: A very popular show to put on nowadays are musicals that are based on a certain artist such as Movin’ Out by Billy Joel. Or Mamma Mia! which is based on the music of ABBA. We were expecting that type of show. But this was not a regular musical however, it was more of a concert. You had a lot of music and they did well with matching it to Patsy Cline’s voice. If you go to AlwaysPatsyCline.com there is a link so you can hear samples of Patsy Cline songs that are in the show. So if you’re not quite sure you can visit the website and hear some of her music.

Laura: One thing that made tonight’s performance special was the live band that accompanied Patsy Cline. They were called the Bodacious Bobcats. They were made up of a piano player, a drummer, a guitar, bass, and a fiddle. That made it sound much more lively than just a recording. I enjoyed that part of the performance very much.

Mike: The two actresses did interact with the band through humor and conducting at points. There were some technical problems. This was opening night and it was discovered that the microphone placement on Patsy’s costume needed to be changed a little bit. She had a lot of costume changes and in the first act it created a lot of rustling and static in the first act. Also the lighting was a bit off. There were times when the spotlight was on the back wall or it was too large or too small. It was changing a lot. There were a few times when the actors heads were cut off from the broader stage lights. It got better the second act as everybody got more comfortable with their equipment.

Laura: So thats Always…Patsy Cline performed by the Prince William Little Theatre in Manassas, Virginia. It’s playing April 28th through May 13th. If you’ve seen the show and would like to leave comments, feel free to do so at showbizradio.net.

Mike: And now, on with the show.

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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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