Always… Patsy Cline
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Written and originally directed by Ted Swindley
Wednesday, March 14 -
Sunday, April 1

Wed & Thurs 7:30pm / Fri & Sat 8:00pm
Wed & Sun 2:00pm

Thank you to everyone who visited the Playhouse for this production.  It was a great start to our 2012 season.


Jacqueline Petroccia plays Patsy Cline

Based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, 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’ unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walkin’ After Midnight.

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Generously sponsored by Essex Savings Bank

Jacqueline Petroccia * (Patsy Cline)
National tour and regional credits include: The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, Brigadoon, and Sweeney Todd.  Her favorite role to date is portraying country music legend Patsy Cline, which she has performed at The Mac-Haydn Theatre and The Yoder Barn Heritage Theatre.  Jackie holds a degree in opera from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.  She currently resides in NYC with her husband, Brent, and tiny Toy Fox Terrier, Lillian.


Laurie Dawn* (Louise Seger) is delighted to return to The Ivoryton Playhouse.  She was previously seen in Steel Magnolias and Moon Over Buffalo.  Off-Broadway:  Strictly Personal (SoHo Playhouse) and the award-winning, Mountain Song.  Laurie has just returned from Europe where she appeared in the perennial favorite A Christmas Carol.  Regional appearances include:  The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (Nevada Conservatory Theatre), Steel Magnolias (Arkansas Rep), Barefoot In The Park (Fireside Theatre), The Underpants and Crumbs From The Table Of Joy (New Century Theatre), How I Learned To Drive (Hangar Theatre) and Jerusalem (New Repertory Theatre).  Film and Television:  Revolutionary Road, The Adjustment Bureau, 8:46, Law & Order: SVU and most recently HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (with Michael Shannon).  A native of Wisconsin (a misplaced southern state) Laurie, a life-long country music fan – whose mother met and actually got a hug from Dolly Parton at the Chippewa Falls County Fair – lives, of all places, in The Bronx with her husband, actor Buzz Roddy.


‘The Bodacious Bobcats Band’  John Sebastian DeNicola (Joe-Bob/piano)

Matt Pynn (Jim-Bob/pedal steel guitar)

Doug Guidone (Billy-Bob/lead guitar)

Danny Kraszewski (Jay-Bob/bass)

Todd Little (Ray-Bob/fiddle)

Mike Conlin (Bob-Bob/drums)


Directed by: Jacqueline Hubbard

Musical Director: John Sebastian DeNicola

Stage Manager: T. Rick Jones *

Set Design: William Russell Stark

Lighting Design: Doug Harry

Costume Design: Lisa Marie Harry

Hair Design:  Joel Silvestro

* member of Actors Equity


Always…Patsy Cline
Author:  Ted Swindley
Author’s Representative:  Joan Kovats
Business Management:  Melanie Clark
Original Music Director:  Vicki Masters
Band and Vocal Orchestrations:  August Eriksmoen, Tony Migliore
Legal Counsel:  Clair G. Burrill, Richard Garmise, Sawnie R. Aldredge
Licensed by the family and estate of Patsy Cline.  All rights reserved.
Original cast album available on MCA.

For licensing information on Always…Patsy Cline and all Ted Swindley shows, visit or contact Joan Kovats, (203) 978 0102.

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Jacqueline Petroccia as Patsy Cline – don’t miss her at the Ivoryton Playhouse in Always…Patsy Cline opening Wednesday, March 14.

PRESS RELEASE – 02/27/12

Remembering a legend
Always…Patsy Cline
at The Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton:  In the town of Winchester in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, there is a gravestone that probably says it best: “Death Cannot Kill What Never Dies: Love.”

It is a tribute to the late, great singer Patsy Cline. Not many singers remain legends so long after their death, especially after a short career of slightly more than five years. Cline died tragically at age 30 on March 5, 1963, which was almost 49 years ago. Her music lives on partly through such wonderful stage tributes as Always… Patsy Cline, which opens the season at the Ivoryton Playhouse on March 14th. 

Always…Patsy Cline has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway. It 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 1961, 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 Walkin’ 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.”

Playhouse Executive Director, Jacqui Hubbard, who directs this production, says “I grew up listening to my mother sing these songs while cooking dinner. They are part of my DNA and I only have to hear the opening chords of Crazy and I am instantly transported. Even if you are not a country fan, Patsy Cline crosses all the boundaries. Her music has lasted this long because if defies being categorized. It is the music of us all.”

Jacqueline Petroccia as Patsy Cline at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in 2011. Jacqueline will be playing Patsy Cline at the Ivoryton Playhouse opening March 14

Playing Patsy Cline is Jacqueline Petroccia*, who also played her in a production at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in 2011 with spectacular reviews. “Petroccia looked like Patsy and sang like Patsy” – Gail Burns, Berkshire Theatre Reviews; “Petroccia gives us a near perfect performance of what Patsy Cline would have sounded like in concert. There were times in the show when I really imagined I was watching Patsy Cline at the Opry” – Kevin Richards, DJ 107.7 WGNA

Laurie Dawn*, who will be playing Louise in this production, is no stranger to the Ivoryton Playhouse. Audiences loved her as M’Lin in Steel Magnolias and as Charlotte in Moon Over Buffalo. John DeNicola musical directs this production. Sets designed by William Stark, lights by Doug Harry, costumes by Lisa Marie Harry and hair by Joel Silvestro.

Always…Patsy Cline  opens on March 14th   and runs thru April 1st for 3 weeks. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Pictured: Jacqueline Petroccia as Patsy Cline at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

* Denotes member of Actors Equity

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When her Four Star contract expired in 1960, Cline signed with Decca Records-Nashville, under the direction of legendary producer Owen Bradley. He was not only responsible for much of the success behind Cline’s recording career, but also for the careers of Brenda Lee and Loretta Lynn.

Thanks to her vocal versatility, and with the help of Bradley’s direction and arrangements, Cline enjoyed both country and pop success. Bradley’s arrangements incorporated strings and other instruments not typical of country recordings of the day. He considered Cline’s voice best-suited for country pop-crossover songs, and helped smooth her voice into the silky, torch song style for which she is famous. Nevertheless, she did not really enjoy singing pop material. This new, more sophisticated instrumental style became known as The Nashville Sound, founded by Bradley and RCAs Chet Atkins, who produced Jim Reeves, Skeeter Davis, Connie Smith, and Eddy Arnold.

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Patsy Cline was the first female country star to cross over into pop. With her "Howdy, folks" style, she was dearly loved by her fans. At the height of her fame, only 30 years old, she was killed in a small-plane crash in stormy weather near Camden, Tennessee. She released only three albums before her death and was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973.