Whether you’re a fan of country music or just a fan of an entertaining and enjoyable show, you won’t want to miss CATCO’s current production of Always…Patsy Cline, which is based on a true story.
Always…Patsy Cline is a show about the legendary country star, Patsy Cline, and Louise Seger, a fan that she befriended. Narrated from Louise’s point of view, the show follows the story about how she came to meet Patsy, how their friendship started, and the correspondence they shared after. The witty narration is interspersed with classic country tunes that almost anyone, country fan or not, will recognize. It’s a heartwarming tale full of laughs and tears as the audience watches the story unfold before their eyes.
As the title character, Katie Deal has a voice that astounds and a warmth that communicates straight to the audience. Her portrayal of Patsy is heartwarming and the talent with which she sings the dozens of songs sprinkled throughout the show is amazing – she does not appear to grow tired once. Kristie Koehler Vuocolo narrates Patsy Cline through the voice of Louise Seger and is nothing short of hilarious. Her interaction with the audience is comfortable and her comedic timing is impeccable – she frequently steals the spotlight when she’s dancing on the stage or up to antics such as interacting with the band.
Patsy Cline is heavy into the audience participation, be it clapping along, dancing, or responding to questions posed by the two talented actresses, which only adds to the immense entertainment. In its essence, it’s a simple show – it has a single set with minimal embellishments, and the story itself is not difficult to follow as it’s being told. That, I believe, is the most charming part of the experience. There is no overkill, so the entirety of the story rests on the people on the stage.
I fervently believe that, while country fans may be drawn more naturally toward Patsy Cline, it is a show that can be greatly enjoyed by those who don’t listen to country music as well. While there are a lot of songs in the show, it doesn’t feel as heavy into country music as it may look. So don’t say no to Always…Patsy Cline if you’re only reason is because you don’t like the genre much, because you may be surprised.
Always…Patsy Cline has extended performances through June 22, due to demand.