Valentine’s Offerings Abound for ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on January 25, 2013

Two previous productions of the telling of the Patsy Cline story in song and narration — Always…Patsy Cline and A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline — were tremendous sell-outs for us here at the Roxy and also for the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

This second production is almost a revival of sorts, since my best friend, consummate artist and brilliant actress Leslie Greene recreates her role as Louise. Jacque Clydesdale, who has strong roots in the Nashville music scene, will join Leslie as Patsy in Always…Patsy Cline, opening in two weeks on February 8.

Heidi continues to play Saturdays at 2pm through February 9, The Vagina Monologues is a regular sell-out in theotherspace, and Patsy Cline is in rehearsal — it can be a virtual merry-go-round of scheduling.

On the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, February 9, treat your special someone to an unforgettable evening of music, laughter, drinks and comestibles with “Martinis with Patsy.” Courtesy of Pal’s Package Store, martinis will be flowing at 6:30pm, complemented with hors d’oeuvres by Fire & Ice Catering.

Or if you prefer a post-Valentine’s celebration, we are offering a special dinner and show package on Saturday, February 16, with a delectable dinner for two at Edward’s Steakhouse at 6pm, featuring beef filet, salad, choice of side and a dessert, complemented with a bottle of red wine.

Each evening is capped off with the 8pm performance of Always…Patsy Cline. Tickets to “Martinis with Patsy” are $50 each, and tickets for Edward’s Valentine’s special are $100 per couple.

We’ve added even more incentives to attend this season with our “Wine & Theatre Nights,” thanks to Louisa Cooke of Beachaven Winery. We also have military nights on Wednesdays and Thursdays, during which patrons with current military IDs can purchase two tickets for the price of one to our 7pm mainstage performances. We accept Clarksville CitySaver coupons on these nights as well.

I’ve just celebrated a birthday. I share the day with Anton Chekhov and Al Capone. My supporters would nod in approval of Chekhov, and my detractors would agree with the Capone reference.

I’ve been a twinkle in my father’s eye, “the terrible twos,” “the age of reason,” a pre-teen and a teen, the legal age, the age of Saturn return. I’ve been the number of ice cream flavors of Howard Johnson and Baskin Robbins. I’ve been forty, and I’ve passed the age of “the new 40.” I’ve even been a deck of cards and, one year, the Joker. I’ve been a Heinz ketchup. Now it’s social security and Medicare. I’m now a route number.

John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote a show that we produced here with Marge Lillard, Dan and Dorothy Gertrude Ross (who, when she passed, left us the funds to purchase 153 red velvet seats) and a number of other character actors. (“Character actor” is a nice theatre expression for senior citizens.) It is called 70 Girls 70 … and in a few short years I can cast myself in it.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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