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August 23, 2016

Patsy Cline musical opens Sept. 2 at Fauquier theatre

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Katy Benko stars as Patsy Cline and Ivy Elizabeth plays Louise Seger in “Always . . . Patsy Cline.”
A musical tribute to a legendary country singer will open Labor Day weekend at the community theatre.

“Always . . . Patsy Cline,” opening Sept. 2 at the Fauquier Community Theatre, pays homage Patsy Cline, who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash.

In her early years, Ms. Cline performed in Warrenton at Rockwood Hall, now McClanahan Camera, in the 1940s.

The musical features 27 popular songs by the country singer including “Crazy, I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight.”

The two-weekend show features country humor, true emotion and even audience participation.

“Always . . . Patsy Cline” follows the true story of Ms. Cline and her friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger.

The two became friends in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued to correspond until Ms. Cline’s death in 1963.

The show’s title was inspired by Cline's letters to Ms. Seger, consistently signed “Love Always . . . Patsy Cline.”

Katy Benko, renowned country singer, stars as Ms. Cline, and Ivy Elizabeth plays Ms. Seger.

“Patsy’s voice inspired something in me,” Ms. Benko said. “I was just a kid, but I was so amazed by what she could do with her voice, by how much control and feeling she had. I wanted to learn how to do that.”

Ms. Benko began singing professionally at age 15 and over the years has performed as an opening act for many of country music’s top stars including Brad Paisley, Kenny Rogers, Brooks and Dunn and Alan Jackson.

Today she runs a vocal studio and lives near Broad Run.

“Always…Patsy Cline” runs Friday, Sept. 2 to Sunday, Sept. 11.

Performances run Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Fauquier Community Theatre, 4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton.

Tickets: $14 for students and seniors. $16 for adults.

Tickets available by phone 540-349-8760, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or online.
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