If the recent crowds at the Historic Ruffin Theater are an indication, the music of Patsy Cline still has the power to move people.
The theaterâs two-week run of "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline" was to end on March 30, but the crowds have overwhelmingly shown that the public is still in love with beloved country legend. In response, the Ruffin Theater has extended the play for an additional weekend.
The local community theaterâs production is a 90-minute musical tribute which follows the life story of Cline. Written by Dean Regan and endorsed by the Patsy Cline Estate, "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline" delights theater patrons with her greatest hits and showcases her career at various junctions in her life, including her time at WINC Radio, Carnegie Hall, Las Vegas and the Grand Ole Opry.
The second play of the Ruffin Theaterâs 2014 season, "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline" is directed by Kay Bridgewater and assisted by Jeanie Nelson. The play is sponsored by ADL - Athletic Driven Labs.
A newcomer to the Ruffin stage, Brighton resident Amber McCain, plays the lead role of Patsy Cline. Although new to the Ruffin, itâs evident that McCain is no stranger to the stage and her impressive performance delivers a heart-stopping rendition of Cline, driving many in the audience to tears.
Supporting cast members, as well as the live band, make this Ruffin production one not to be missed and play attendees have left many positive comments on the Ruffinâs Facebook page in support of the show.
âHer voice was amazing,â commented Joelle Davis of Memphis. âItâs crazy that we have that kind of talent right here in Tipton County and didnât know it. She should be on Broadway for sure!â
Ginny Rae Oceguera of Brighton left her message of support saying, âIt was like listening to a radio tuned to the classics. What a beautiful voice.â
âI knew this was going to be a great play but I am stunned and grateful at the amount of support it has generated,â said director Kay Bridgewater. âWe have had people come back two and three times to watch it again. The entire cast and band members are simply amazing â I promise you wonât regret coming!â
The final three shows of "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline" will be on stage at the Ruffin Theater, 113 W. Pleasant Ave., Covington on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 3-17, seniors 55+ and military with ID card and can be purchased online for any night at www.ruffintheater.org or at the Covington-Tipton County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the Ruffin Box Office on performance nights 90 minutes before the show starts.