ALWAYS....PATSY CLINE, Opens At Dundalk Community Theatre
Dundalk Community Theatre kicks off its 2016/2017 season with a musical tribute Always....Patsy Cline from October 28th - November 6th. The season is then followed by "I Hate Hamlet" and "Shrek: The Musical". DCT has something for everyone this year and the festivities are just around the corner. Individual tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for senior adults and $15 for students/DCT Actors/Children 12 and under. Subscriptions are still available for a limited time.
Always....Patsy Cline, Always...Patsy Cline 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 pen-pal relationship provides much of the plot of the show. The play focuses on the fateful evening at Houston's Esquire Ballroom when 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.
The Cast: TIFFANY WALKER PORTA BURROWS (Patsy Cline) returns to DCT after appearing in The Women and The Secret Garden. She began performing on the DCT stage when she was 11 years old as a member of the Act I Children's Theatre in productions of Li'l Abner, Anything Goes andPippin. Other DCT productions include appearances as Maggie in A Chorus Line, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Electra in Gypsy, and Martha in The Secret Garden. Nationally, some of her credits include performing at the Aloha Bowl, Rocky Gap, and Carnegie Hall. Some of her favorite regional credits include: Patsy Cline in Always, Patsy Cline (Toby's Dinner theatre and Winters Lane Theatre), Rose in Gypsy (MAF), Mayzie in Suessical (Pumpkin Theatre), Fastrada in Pippin, Florinda in Into the woods (MTM), Jan in Grease (MAF), and herself in Smokey Joe's Café (Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre)... just to name a few. Tiffany was the Director/Owner of Drama Kids International of Central Baltimore and Harford County. Currently she is a Special Education and Health Education teacher at Hereford Middle School in Baltimore County. Tiffany holds two master's degrees from Goucher College. She is also the director of the HMS Drama Program, as well as the faculty sponsor for HMS Best Buddies Chapter.
MARIBETH VOGEL (Louise Seger) has been performing onstage in the Baltimore area for over 35 years (yes, she started as an infant!) and is happy to return to the DCT stage after many years. She was seen previously at DCT as Charlotte Hay in Moon Over Buffalo, Gorgeous in The Sisters Rosenzweig, Vera in Steppin' Out and Betsy in The Octette Bridge Club. Most recent productions include The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 9 to 5 and Noises Off with Silhouette Stages in Columbia, and A Tomb with a View at Bowie Community Theatre. Some favorite roles include Mama Rose in Gypsy, Betty in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Meredith in Bat Boy, Marjorie in The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Dolly in Hello, Dolly!, Nancy Twinkle in Little Mary Sunshine, Maggie in Jake's Women, and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. Her greatest productions, however, are her children, Matthew (26) and Claire (24).
Director: Eric J. Potter, Musical Director: Charlotte Evans, Scenic/Lighting/Sound & Technical Direction: Marc W. Smith, SM: Margie Lake.
Show times are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday - October 28th - November 6th in the John E. Ravekes Theatre, K Building. For tickets and information, call 443-840-2787. Patrons requiring special accommodations are urged to notify the Box Office at least two weeks in advance. The CCBC Box Office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or visitwww.ccbcmd.edu/performingarts/dct.html .
Dundalk Community Theatre is a program of the college, providing high-quality Live Theatre experiences for the entire family at affordable prices. Tom Colonna, a veteran actor and director, serves as The Managing Director for DCT. DCT is in residence at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road.