DCT presents mu­si­cal trib­ute to Patsy Cline

Show runs from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6

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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.

PHOTO BY TOM LAUER

Patsy Cline (Tif­fany Walker Porta Burrows, left) and Louise Seger (Mari­beth Vo­gel, right) share a close friend­ship in Al­ways ... Patsy Cline.

PHOTO BY TOM LAUER

Patsy Cline (Tif­fany Walker Porta Burrows) is set to grace the stage in DCT’s up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Al­ways ... Patsy Cline.

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