Celebrating music legend Patsy Cline
The nationally regarded Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) celebrates music legend and cross-over sensation Patsy Cline, June 7-24. The touching true story, “Always … Patsy Cline” combines humor, heartache and 27 of Patsy’s most unforgettable hits, such as “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Sweet Dreams,” and more.
Based on a touching true story affectionately told through letters written between Patsy and her biggest fan turned confidant, Louise Segar, Always… Patsy Cline takes audiences through the ups and downs, from her breakthrough on live radio, to her rise to fame at the Grand Ole Opry.
The production stars Christine Mild as Patsy Cline, a role she has played in eight other productions. Mild appeared on the MSMT stage in “Cats” in 2005. On Broadway, she appeared in “Chance and Chemistry: A Tribute to Frank Loesser” alongside Paul McCartney. Other credits include the world-premiere musical “Love Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein” by Tony Award-winning team Galati and Flaherty; and many regional credits. Mild has a solo album “Love Is Everything” and performs regularly with her band Martin & Mild. For more on this Chicago native’s credits and background, visit www.christinemild.com.
Reprising her role as Louis Segar, MSMT alumna Charis Leos returns to the Pickard. Leos most recently starred in the hit co-production last summer of “The Irish…and How They Got That Way” with MSMT and Portland Stage. Other credits at MSMT include Rose in Gypsy, Georgie in The Full Monty, Mdm. Thenardeir in Les Misérables, Eulalie in The Music Man, and Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein. Her performing credits also include comedy clubs, Las Vegas showrooms, performance with symphonies, live industrial shows and was a featured performer in Broadway Backwards for four years in a row. For more on Leos, visit http://charisleos.com.
Heidi Kettenring is standby for the roles of Patsy Cline and Louise Seger. Kettenring most recently starred as Vi Moore in MSMT’s 2014 production of “Footloose.” Other MSMT credits include Fantine in “Les Misérables,” Electra in “Gypsy,” and Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins. She toured the U.S. in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.” Film and television credits include Man of Steel, Chicago Fire and Cupid. For more on Kettenring, visit http://artistsloungelive.com/artist-bio-heidi-kettenring - for starters.
The creative team for the production includes Marc Robin, co-director of the production with MSMT’s artistic director Curt Dale Clark; music director Patrick Fanning; costume designer Brittany Leffler, scenic director William James Mohney (Scenic Designer).
All of MSMT’s performances take place at the Pickard Theater on the campus of Bowdoin College located at 1 Bath Road in Brunswick. For more information, and to buy tickets, please visit www.msmt.org or call the Box Office at (207) 725-8769.