DCT presents musical tribute to Patsy Cline
Show runs from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6
Dundalk Community Theatre (DCT) is set to kick off its 2016-2017 season with a country twist as the longtime local theatre group presents Always … Patsy Cline from Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Nov. 6.
The play focuses on the real-life friendship between legendary country music singer Patsy Cline and Louise Seger, a housewife from Houston.
A fan of Cline’s since 1957, Seger came face-to-face with her idol during a meeting before a show in 1961. What began by chance soon blossomed into a close friend- ship, two women in very different circumstances held together by mutual respect and admiration.
It was a friendship that ended abruptly when Cline, just 30 years old, was killed in a plane crash in 1963.
Always … Patsy Cline centers on the night when Seger learns of her friend’s death. Seger (Maribeth Vogel) narrates as Cline (Tiffany Walker Porta Burrows) enters and exits the scene, offering up some of her most famous songs.
From “Walkin’ After Midnight” to “Sweet Dreams” to “Crazy,” Always … Patsy Cline offers an array of the country legend’s greatest hits centered around an emotionally-affecting narrative.
Performing as Cline, Burrows is no stranger to DCT, having appeared in several prior productions, including The Women and The Secret Garden, among other shows.
A veteran performer, Burrows has graced the DCT stage since the age of 11 when she appeared in Act I Children’s Theatre’s performance of Li’l Abner.
She also boasts several na- tional credits, including performances at Carnegie Hall.
When not performing, Burrows is a special education and health education teacher at Hereford Middle School and director of the school’s drama program.
Maribeth Vogel, as Louise Seger, is also a stage veteran.
A performer of more than 35 years, Seger previously appeared at DCT in Moon over Buffalo, The Sisters Rosenzweig, Steppin’ Out and The Octette Bridge Club.
She has also appeared in several other regional performances, as Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre and Bowie Community Theatre.
Joining the veteran cast are director Eric J. Porter, musical director Charlotte Evans and longtime DCT scenic/lighting/sound and technical director Marc W. Smith.
Always … Patsy Cline will run Fridays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, and Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. and on Sundays, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. at the John E. Ravekes Theatre, K Building, at CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road.
Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for senior adults and $15 for students/DCT actors/ children 12 and under.
Those needed special ac- commodations are asked to notify the CCBC Box Office at least two weeks in advance.
The CCBC Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is available at 443-840-2787 or at www.ccbcmd.edu/performingarts/dct.html.
Patsy Cline (Tiffany Walker Porta Burrows, left) and Louise Seger (Maribeth Vogel, right) share a close friendship in Always ... Patsy Cline.
Patsy Cline (Tiffany Walker Porta Burrows) is set to grace the stage in DCT’s upcoming production of Always ... Patsy Cline.