Always-Patsy Cline and the blogathon soft open

Cori Cable Kidder as Patsy and Nikki D'Amico as Louise.  click to embiggen
Cora Kidder Cable as Patsy and Nikki D’Amico as Louise. click to embiggen

Always-Patsy Cline the production kicking off the 2015-2016 season at the Sierra Madre Playhouse officially opens this weekend to a sold out crowd.  SOLD OUT.

As a board member I’m involved in a lot of aspects behind the scene’s.  JozJozJoz,  metblogs/ CEO is an official tweeter for the L.A. Opera and that was the germ of the idea for the blogathon for the soft opening, last rehearsal of Always-Patsy Cline. But more on that a bit later.

This is a wonderful story of an overly zealous fan and the star she adored becoming accidental friends and pen pals. The play itself is about  how Louise Seger, a Houston housewife played by Nikki D’Amico who is best characterized as a spitfire hellcat fun loving divorcee, reminiscing over the night she first heard Pasty Cline on the radio and how she followed her career until they met a club outside Houston.  They became best of friends, Louise and Pasty became penpals and wrote each other until Patsy’s untimely death at the age of 30.  Those letters to Louise ended with the salutation “Always-Patsy Cline”.  That story, and the story of Patsy’s life are intertwined and told through 27 songs by Patsy Cline beautifully recreated by Cori Cable Kidder and backed up by a live band.

The show itself is a terrifically fun combination of Louise’s soliloquy of how they met, Patsy in concert telling her life story through song, and high energy audience participation.  Louise actually is in the center of the audience at times, cutting up with them, joking and even dancing with one.  Total.  Fun.

This play is one of the most polished, elaborate productions I’ve ever seen the Sierra Madre Playhouse put on.  The set on the tiny theater encompasses the kitchen, the honky tonk bar and the Grand Ole Oprey.

On to the blogathon.  That’s a new concept to the Sierra Madre Playhouse.  Bring in bloggers and social media types to sit and live tweet, instagram and then later blog their experience at the Playhouse and their thoughts on the production.  It was a a terrific amount of fun.  There was food and booze.  There was more than a few phones up last night taking pictures and tweeting their thoughts. Search the hashtag #AlwaysPatsyCline to see everyones impressions and images from the event.  The first of the blog posts went up last night immediately after the show by Alex Zajac on his blog Ancillaries. Another guest, and victim on the dance floor, Yenier Leyva of the San Gabriel Volunteer Center did a short slide show of the nights fun on maestro.

A few more pics by me from the evening on flickr.

DEETS: Always Patsy Cline, Sierra Madre Playhouse, July 31- September 12, 2015,  Weekends 8PM and Sunday matinee 2PM.  87 W SIerra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre CA  Phone 626-355-4318