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It is official:  Always...Patsy Cline at the Bastrop Opera House is a hit!  The acting wonderful, the singing divine, the band delightful.  This fun show had audiences raving, and the sell out audiences made tickets impossible to get.

Always...Patsy ClineAlways...Patsy Cline 
Written and Originally Directed by Ted Swindley
Directed by Chester Eitze 
starring Terry Lyne Moore as Patsy Cline and Engela Edwards as Louise Seger
with the live band The Bodacious Bobcats
Fridays and Saturdays, April 9 - May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
and one matinee performance Sunday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m.
Read more about the show at http://www.alwayspatsycline.net/
Tickets $15 reserved seating
Produced by special arrangement with Ted Swindley Productions.

“Always…Patsy Cline” has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway. It has been one of the most produced musicals in America according to American Theatre Magazine. 

“Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer.  The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961. 

The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Sweet Dreams." and "Waking After Midnight"…27 songs in all.  The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS... Patsy Cline.”
Terry Moore (Photo by Jane Hunt)
Terry Moore
as Patsy Cline
photo by Jane Hunt
Telling Your Story
Terry Lyne Moore has been singing all her life. Her daddy got her involved with the Three Creeks Band in 1981 and so began the 20 year entertainment segment of her life in the ARK LA TEX. She opened for headliners such as Diamond Rio and Brooks and Dunn, was a regular at the local hayrides and festivals, and was part of the house band at Claiborne Country in Homer LA.

In 2000 she married her high school sweetheart and moved to Florida. While there she became part of the Saturday night country band "God's Country", at Indian Rocks Baptist Church. As part of the band she traveled on several mission trips from Alaska to Georgia. While in Florida, she had the opportunity to open for her lifelong favorite artist, BJ Thomas! How exciting is that?  She says he taught her to sing when she was in the second grade through his gold cover Greatest Hits album! Her “acting career” includes Godspell and Six Guns and Sasparilla, both musicals! 

Terry now resides in Bastrop, Texas with her husband Scott. She is active singing around Texas and Arkansas.

Terry is dedicating this show to her parents Terry and Jessie Butterfield.

Engela Edwards photo by Bill Edwards
Engela Edwards
as Louise Seger
photo by Bill Edwards
Engela (ANGEL) Edwards has a BFA in Theatre. She’s an actor, director, choreographer, playwright and acting teacher. Engela’s the artistic director of EASY Theatre which she founded to produce new works, grow artists, and share her love of theatre. With EASY she has produced 66 shows in 40 venues including 29 new works since 1999.  Also, during that time Engela has been in 38 shows, written or co-written 14 musicals, plays, and musical reviews, and choreographed 26 productions. Engela has directed or co-directed 58 shows for various companies. She currently is directing six shows for the Opera House and in Austin. 

Engela said that her moto is “Doing Theatre I love, with people I love, for people I love, and Always…Patsy Cline really fits the bill. EVERYONE involved with the show is simply wonderful, and I’ve loved every minute of the process!”

Chester Eitze
Director
photo by Engela Edwards
Chester Eitze, Executive Director of the Bastrop Opera House, began his theatrical career in his hometown of Austin enrolled in Mrs. Mobley’s speech class at age five. Later, aiming at a Bachelor’s in Drama Education-Secondary Level, Chester enjoyed numerous roles in stage plays and dance dramas. He joined Ashland’s Oregon Shakespearean Festival as assistant choreographer/dancer/actor, where he soared into arts management.  Returning to U.T., Chester sought a Master’s Degree in Directing. He was offered the Special Activities Coordinator with Austin Parks and Recreation which allowed him to build arts curricula with playground leaders, recreation center managers, and direct the Zilker Park Outdoor Musical. He was then offered the artistic directorship of Austin Civic Theater. He melded ACT with the recreation program, eventually getting parks land for the new ACT building which was christened Zachary Scott Theater, a facility he designed. Chester then turned toward the stars and left for New York City. Offered the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, an original play pre-dating the musical, Chester was awed to be performing in the Greenwich Village Provincetown Playhouse where Eugene O’Neill had worked. Flying back home to Texas with regional theatre in Houston or Dallas in mind, Chester took time to gear-down after a lengthy stay in Manhattan. After a few months he was challenged by three Longhorn grads to do summer stock in 1984 at the preserved Opera House in Bastrop. He found a neat frontier playhouse that flirted with him during those four months of preparing the facility, the program and the personnel for melodrama and vaudeville. Chester became artistic director of Bastrop Opera House and began building a theatre program as a tourism destination. Preserving the landmark structure, developing youth, adult, and senior performance art programs, joining TNT and AACT as well as the Austin Circle of Theatres, and captaining the Bastrop Opera House as an historic downtown business has made the theatre successful. Chester has just under a hundred directing credits, thirty-six dance programs and years of creative dramatics and children’s theater production.

To read more about the incredible musicians on stage at the Opera House, just visit their websites by clicking on their name.
The Bodacious Bobcat Band
  Steve Brooks on Lead Guitar
  Sean Kelly on Stand up Bass
  Jeff Tveraas on Drums
  Craig Park on Steel Guitar
  The East Side Flash on Piano
  Shawn Dean on Fiddle
  Nick Worley on Fiddle



CREW:

  • Assistant Director and Stage Manager:  Danne Absher
  • Rehearsal Pianist:  Les Young
  • Set Design:  Chester Eitze & Nick Collier
  • Set Crew: Chester Eitze, David Moore, Nick Collier, Danne Absher
  • Lighting Design:  Lyn Calvia
  • Light Crew:  Craig Park, Dennis Litman
  • Light and Sound Operator:  Randy Combs
  • House Manager and Ticket Sales:  Lisa Holcomb
  • House:  Richard and Cindy Thompson, Will and Lisa Holcomb Keaton Holcomb, Landon Holcomb, Monica Miller, Michele Maher, Nick and Bonnie Collier, Jennifer Sitton, Susan Keys
  • Design and Construction of Patsy Cline's Costumes:  Jessie Butterfield
  • Wig redo:  Jennifer Longoria @ A Perfect Image
  • Dressers:  Susan Weems Wendel, Rachel Edwards
  • Photography:  Engela and Bill Edwards
  • Program Design:  Lisa Holcomb
  • Poster Design:  Engela Edwards
  • Microphones loaned by Ken Huncovsky


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