'Always... Patsy Cline' returns to the Beef House

The Beef House Dinner Theatre is pleased to announce the return of Always…Patsy Cline to the Beef House stage after sold out runs in 2013 & 2014.  

This will mark the final time Kena Clark, of Milford, IL will play the title role.

Including the three BHDT productions, Clark will have played the roll eight times since 2002 in Cissna Park.

Beef House audiences will also recognize Kena from her recent performance in the Beef House Christmas Show and as the slot machine loving nun, Sister Mary in DISASTER!, where she stopped the show each night with her rendition of “Never Can Say Goodbye”

Always...Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger.  Having first heard Cline on the “Arthur Godfrey Show” in 1957, Seger became an immediate and avid fan of Cline’s and she constantly hounded the local disc jockey to play Cline’s records on the radio.

In 1961 when Cline went to Houston for a show, Seger and her buddies arrived about an hour-and-a-half early and, by coincidence, met Cline who was traveling alone.

The two women struck up a friendship that was to culminate in Cline spending the night at Seger’s house--a friendship that lasted until Cline’s untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. 

The relationship, which began as fan worship evolved into one of mutual respect. It is the kind of relationship that many fans would like to have with their heroes.

Over a pot of strong coffee, the two women chatted about their common concerns. When Cline finally left for Dallas, her next job, the two women had exchanged addresses and telephone numbers.

Seger never expected to hear from Cline again, but soon after she left, Seger received the first of many letters and phone calls from Cline.

The play focuses on the friendship and sisterhood of the two ladies from the fateful evening they met at Houston’s Esquire Ballroom until Seger hears of Cline’s death in a plane crash.

Seger supplies a narrative while Cline floats in and out of the set singing tunes that made her famous--Anytime, Walkin’ After Midnight, She’s Got You, Sweet Dreams, and Crazy--to name a few.

The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was alive a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans.

Clark is joined on stage by Suzy Goben as Louise. Suzy was last seen on the BHDT stage in The 39 Steps.

The show is under the direction of Jennifer & David Woodrow and will feature a six piece honky tonk band with fiddle and steel guitar. 

Always…Patsy Cline plays with evening shows on Apr. 6, 7, 13 & 14 and matinees shows on April 8, 14, 15.

Reservations are $46 per person and include the show, buffet meal, salad, dessert, cookies, beverage and those famous Beef House Rolls and Strawberry Jam. 

Visit www.beefhouserolls.com or call 765-793-4770 for reservations.

 Due to the popularity of this show tickets will sell quickly.

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