It all started with “Oklahoma” in 1998. It was 20 years ago Monday that The Riverside Dinner Theater—renamed the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in 2016—began evolving into a professional, nationally recognized regional theater. Over those two decades, more than half a million patrons have attended shows at the theater.
One thing sets this production apart from countless other Patsy Cline tributes: the fortuitous pairing of Carter Calvert in the title role and Sally Struthers as Louise. What could be a pleasantly pastel evening of mildly amusing narrative and great songs is now a kick-to-the-head, thousand-watt star power night of music and comedy.
Riverside Center for the Performing Arts and Producing Artistic Director Patrick A’Hearn present Always Patsy Cline. Created by Ted Swindley, the show is inspired by the true story of an unlikely friendship between Cline and a Houston-based fan named Louise Seger, and gets its title from the sign-off of the letters between Patsy and Louise, from which the material is based. Carter Calvert and Sally Struthers make a perfect duo as Patsy and Louise, their dynamic onstage chemistry having ripened over a span of seven years (and counting!) touring together in these roles.
Meeting your favorite singer is a dream for many, but for one lucky fan that became a reality and turned into a cherished friendship.
“Always … Patsy Cline,” now onstage at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, shares the true story about how one divorced mother of two formed a special bond with a country music legend.
Playwright Ted Swindley weaves together more than 25 songs into this incredibly heartwarming and surprisingly funny show, starring Broadway actress Carter Calvert as the Winchester-born singer and TV icon Sally Struthers as super fan Louise Seger.
Listen to Carter Calvert (Patsy Cline) and Sally Struthers (Louise Seger) preview our current production of Always...Patsy Cline at Riverside alongside Producing Artistic Director, Patrick A'Hearn and Town Talk's Ted Schubel (NewsTalk 1230 WFVA).
Always...Patsy Cline runs now through July 15, 2018. Tickets are available via our website or by calling our box office at 540-370-4300!
Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers returns for her fifth engagement at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia, as Louise Seger in Always…Patsy Cline opening on May 16. She will be joined by Broadway veteran Carter Calvert starring as Patsy Cline. Both ladies are no strangers to these roles and most recently performed in the show together at the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh. Located at 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia, performances will run until July 15.