Before fans were able to connect with their favorite musicians through social media, their only chance was to go see them perform and hope to get a glimpse before or after the show. In Houston in 1961, a woman named Louise had just such a lucky encounter with her favorite singer, Patsy Cline. Louise tells us her story, speaking directly to the audience. She met Patsy before a concert and they became fast friends, staying up all night talking, and writing letters back and forth until her death two years later. The show doesn't dwell on the tragedy of her death, but rather the joy she brought to her fans, and one fan in particular.
|Louise (Kate Beahen) and Patsy (Gracie Anderson)
|Patsy (Gracie Anderson) and Louise (Kate Beahen)
At its heart this is a story of friendship between two women. Two women who had seemingly very different lives, one a star singer traveling all over the country, the other a single mother living in Texas, but who connected on a human level when fate put them in each others' paths. It's really a wonderful way to share not just the music of Patsy Cline, but the warm, friendly, down to earth person that she was. Always... Patsy Cline continues through October 1 at the Main Street stage in downtown Anoka. Highly recommended if you love country music, stories of strong and independent women, or heart-warming tales of friendship.
Here's a taste of Gracie performing as Patsy at the Fair:
*Much of this post is borrowed from what I wrote about last year's production.