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Indoor production of “Always…. Patsy Cline” runs Sept. 30 - Oct. 16 at The Black Box Theatre

Posted on September 30, 2022 at 2:55 PM by Becky Burnside

By David Markham

A legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash is the subject of an indoor fall musical production being presented by the Theatre in the Park at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. 

Theatre in the Park continues its 53rd season with “Always… Patsy Cline,” which begins Sept. 30 and runs through Oct. 16 in The Black Box Theatre at JCAHC.  

“Always… Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963.  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, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. 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 “Walking 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.”Two actresses sit at a table“Always…Patsy Cline” is Rated PG for suggestive adult themes, content regarding suicide, and adult language. More information about this production can be found here:  theatreinthepark.org/always-patsy-cline.

“Always… Patsy Cline” will be presented 10 times. Each show will last about 2.5 hours with one 15-minute intermission. Evening performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. are planned for Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15. Afternoon performances at 2 p.m. are planned for Oct. 2, 9, 15, and 16. Interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing will be present for the evening performance on Oct. 15.

With the exception of afternoon shows, tickets are $14.50 for children ages 10 and under, $14.85 for seniors 60 and older, and $16.50 for adults 11 to 59. Admission costs for afternoon shows are $11.60 for ages 10 and under, $11.88 for seniors 60 and older, and $13.20 for adults 11 and older. The house opens 30 minutes before show time.  Seating is assigned at time of ticket purchase. Tickets are available anytime online at theatreinthepark.org/purchase-arts-and-heritage-center-tickets, or can be purchased at JCAHC during regular hours. The TIP Box Office at the front desk of JCAHC opens at 6:30 p.m. on performance nights and 1 p.m. for matinees. 

The December 2022 production at JCAHC will be “Seussical: The Musical,” Rated G, indoors at The Black Box Theatre, Dec. 9 through 23. 

The Black Box Theatre provides the Theatre in the Park with a year-round venue to supplement its outdoor summer productions during June, July, and August in Shawnee Mission Park. JCAHC is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.