WHEN? Friday, February 24th at 7 pm AND Saturday, February 25th at 1 pm
WHERE? Stage West Community Playhouse located at 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. in Spring Hill, FL 34606
The Director, Ellen Hutt, is looking for TWO women for the following parts:
Louise Seeger – a Texas divorcee and fan of Patsy Cline; age 30 to 60
Those auditioning for Louise should plan on auditioning with a Texas accent. You will be doing a cold reading from the script. Be advised that Louise does sing with Patsy (albeit badly) on two songs: “Come On In . . .” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky”. Be aware that this actor is responsible for 98% of the dialog.
Patsy Cline – the legendary country singer at age
Those auditioning for Patsy Cline should be more concerned with SOUNDING like Patsy, than looking exactly like her.
Plan on singing a song from the show (song list below.) IN ADDITION, be prepared to sing 16 to 32 bars from either “She’s Got You,” “Faded Love” or “If You’ve Got Leavin’ on Your Mind” (all of which are also in the show.) Note there are 27 songs in the show and LOTS of costume changes.
Honky Tonk Merry Go Round Walking’ After Midnight Crazy The Eyes of a Child
Back in Baby’s Arms Seven Lonely Days True Love Stupid Cupid
Your Cheatin’ Heart Blue Moon of Kentucky Anytime Sweet Dreams
I Fall to Pieces Shake Rattle and Roll Lovesick Blues Bill Bailey
Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray You Belong to Me San Antonio Rose Come on In . . .
Gotta Lotta Rhythm in My Soul Just a Closer Walk How Great Thou Art
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
Always…Patsy Cline is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger.
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–Anytime, Walkin’ After Midnight, She’s Got You, Sweet Dreams, and Crazy–to name a few.
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.