Never too late to fall in love with Patsy Cline

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Never too late to fall in love with Patsy Cline

Tribute show returns with new twists and turns
Traci Lyn Thomas plays Patsy Cline during a rehearsal for “Always...Patsy Cline” that will be part of the 5th anniversary revival that includes original cast members at the Durango Arts Center.
Traci Lyn Thomas plays Patsy Cline during a rehearsal for “Always...Patsy Cline” that will be part of the 5th anniversary revival that includes original cast members at the Durango Arts Center.
Traci Lyn Thomas playing Patsy Cline, left and Mary Ellen Cerroni playing Louise Seger, right, during a rehearsal for “Always...Patsy Cline” that will be part of the 5th anniversary revival that includes original cast members at the Durango Arts Center.
With the band behind her, Mary Ellen Cerroni plays Louise Seger during a dress rehearsal for “Always...Patsy Cline” that will be part of the 5th anniversary revival that includes original cast members at the Durango Arts Center.
“Always...” is a story worth re-telling

It is said in the biz that you shouldn’t put on the same production in the same theater for at least 10 years. Theresa Carson, who is returning to direct the revival of “Always…Patsy Cline” after just five years says, well, she’s cool with that.
People are still talking about the first run, Carson said, and the requests for a revival have been numerous. Sprinkle on the serendipitous availability and experience of both original cast members and add the delightfully round number of five (years), and the decision just seemed to make sense with everything seeming to fall into place.
However, after discussing the timing and anniversary and the confluence of availability, Carson said her decision to reboot “Always” again so soon was more than that. It’s about the story itself, one about friendship, graciousness and kindness of spirit, a story we need to hear again, a story that resonates even more now than it did five years ago.
“(Cline) was becoming famous. She didn’t have to give (Seger) the time of day and she did,” Carson said. “They learned from each other. They found this connection. It’s a good lesson in life though: We’re all connected. We all have a gift for each other if we open ourselves up to it. And that’s what happened (between) Patsy Cline and this housewife from Texas.
“I don’t think we can be reminded too much about what it is to open our hearts to another human being, what we might receive from it and what we might be able to give. I don’t think we can hear that enough.”
David Holub

Editor’s note

If you don’t know Patsy Cline, you should. A pioneer of the country-pop crossover hit, you might know the songs she sang, like “Crazy” or “Walkin’ After Midnight” or “I Fall to Pieces.” She died 52 years ago in a plane crash at the age of 30. But she was bigger than the hits that outlived her. She has been described as a pre-feminist, a woman who could hang with the boys, known to swear up a storm. She called everyone “Hoss” and referred to herself as “The Cline” (Cool, right?) and was essentially a sparkplug firecracker in 1950s cowgirl getup. But behind and beside her toughness was a kindness, an openness, a gentle and giving soul. As Mary Ellen Cerroni, who is co-starring in the production of “Always…Patsy Cline” at the Durango Arts Center said, “If you know Patsy Cline, you love Patsy Cline. If you’ve never heard of Patsy Cline, you leave here loving Patsy Cline. She transcends generations.”

If you go

“Always ... Patsy Cline,” a musical play by Ted Swindley, directed by Theresa Carson, starring Traci Lyn Thomas and Mary Ellen Cerroni. Show times are 7:30 p.m. June 18-20 and 25-27 with 2 p.m. shows June 20, 21 and 27, 28 at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave. Tickets cost $21 for DAC members, $24 for general admission for adults and $18 for children 16 and younger and are available at the DAC box office or online at www.durangoarts.org/theatre/patsy-cline. For more information, call 259-2606 ext. 13.

Never too late to fall in love with Patsy Cline

Traci Lyn Thomas plays Patsy Cline during a rehearsal for “Always...Patsy Cline” that will be part of the 5th anniversary revival that includes original cast members at the Durango Arts Center.
Traci Lyn Thomas plays Patsy Cline during a rehearsal for “Always...Patsy Cline” that will be part of the 5th anniversary revival that includes original cast members at the Durango Arts Center.
Traci Lyn Thomas playing Patsy Cline, left and Mary Ellen Cerroni playing Louise Seger, right, during a rehearsal for “Always...Patsy Cline” that will be part of the 5th anniversary revival that includes original cast members at the Durango Arts Center.
With the band behind her, Mary Ellen Cerroni plays Louise Seger during a dress rehearsal for “Always...Patsy Cline” that will be part of the 5th anniversary revival that includes original cast members at the Durango Arts Center.
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