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Always, A Winner

by Donna Rhodes

The deceptively simple “Always, Patsy Cline” packs an emotional wallop as Highlands Playhouse’s season finale.

The Highlands Playhouse gets as much enjoyment out of picking the winners they know you’ll love as you get from watching them. And this season’s finale won’t disappoint.

It’s “Always, Patsy Cline,” a Highlands hit five years ago, guaranteed to be even more impressive in 2019.

This time there are new performers, an intimate cast of two fabulous actresses who solidly deliver. Sandia Ahlers shines with years of “Patsy” performances under her belt. Sami Weathersby portrays Louise Seger, who quickly grows from 1950s groupie to close friend through an exchange of letters which the singer signed “Always, Patsy Cline.” It’s those letters on which the show is based.

Louise first heard Patsy on “The Arthur Godfrey Show.” She became an instant fan. Blame Fate for their chance meeting at a Houston performance a few years later. The women struck up a conversation and the friendship took root. There were things in each other’s histories that instantly bonded them. Their pen-pal relationship lasted until Patsy died in a 1963 plane crash.

Among 30 bluesy, country, soulful, heart-felt melodies are “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Walking After Midnight.” Savor the lyrics that still resonate 60 years later. “Always, Patsy Cline”…always a hit.

In addition to the thrill of live theater, 2019’s film-hits keep rolling in. Musical sensations like “Rocketman,” the Elton John story, filled the room every showing. Other popular filmed productions promise a late summer and fall filled with exceptional entertainment. Go online to reserve your movie tickets. Then drive, arrive, lean back, and enjoy big screens with Dolby 7.1 sound and the freshest, butteriest popcorn in town as you watch first-run films. Take that, Cineplex!

Go online to highlandsplayhouse.org for more information. At the bottom of each page is an invitation to join the Playhouse mailing list, which will keep you abreast of the latest happenings.

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