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A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline

logoJune 2 - July 11
By Dean Reagan
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline is sanctioned by the Patsy Cline Estate. All United States and International Production rights of A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline are wholly owned by Lutvick Productions International, Ltd. and licensed exclusively through Marquis Entertainment Inc.,
Produced by special arrangement with Marquis Entertainment, Inc.

A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline appeals to all ages. It provides a wonderful opportunity to blend theatre and music into a magical evening that audiences of all ages will enjoy. The popularity of Patsy’s music is witnessed by the fact that she is the number one juke-box play in the world. Twenty of her best-known songs, played by a live band, make this show a treat for the young and old alike.

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline Press Release

Amish Acres

 


A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline
Archive Photographs

 

 

A Note from the Director…

timm adamsThank you for joining us at the Round Barn Theatre for this heartwarming tribute to one of country music’s biggest legends! Whether you’re a fan of her music or not, I trust you’ll enjoy this journey of Patsy Cline’s climb to stardom. Patsy was never shy about self-promotion, and she impressed audiences the moment they heard her. Ironically, her musical talent was never really rewarded until she performed Walkin’ After Midnight on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts in 1957, ten years after she started singing professionally. In 1960 at 27 years of age, she realized her lifelong dream of joining the Grand Ole Opry and won ten WSM Country Music Awards that year. In the early 1960’s, Patsy’s life began to settle down just as her career began to take off but she would not be able to enjoy them for long. Patsy, along with manager Randy Hughes and two members of her band, perished in a plane crash on the evening of March 5, 1963. Patsy’s enduring musical legacy is witnessed by the fact that her she remains the number one juke-box play in the world. Her Greatest Hits album has sold over 9 million copies, and she was memorialized with Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement award in 1995. Travel with us now back in time to 1963 and listen in to our radio tribute to Patsy Cline!

Timm Adams

 

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline Cast

 

Patsy Cline

Cheyenne Nelson

Little Big Man, Opry Comic, Vegas Comic, Carnegie Hall Comic

Luke Bridges

 

 

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline Band

 

Piano

Travis Smith

Bass

Jeremy Springer

Drums

Ken Swinkin

Fiddle

Amberly Rosen

 

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Managing Artistic Director

Laurie Schotz

Director / Music Director

Timm Adams

Music Director

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager

Phillip B. Richard II

Technical Director

Alvin Yoder

ASM/Sound

Corey McIntyre

ASM/Deck Captain

Emily Ledger

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Laurie Schotz

Lighting Designer

Phillip B. Richard II

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers

Act I

Scene 1 Control Room at WINC Radio

 

Come on In

Patsy & Band

Scene 2 Lone Star Saloon

 

Gotta Lotta Rhythm

Patsy & Band

Scene 3 Control Room at WINC Radio

 

Scene 4 Lone Star Saloon

 

There He Goes

Patsy & Band

Scene 5 Control Room at WINC Radio

 

Mr. Clean

Little Big Man & Band

Scene 6 Lone Star Saloon

 

Seven Lonely Days

Patsy & Band

Faded Love

Patsy

Scene 7 Grand Olde Opry, Nashville

 

Turkey in the Straw

Band

Walkin' After Midnight

Patsy & Band

Your Cheatin' Heart

Patsy & Band

Scene 8 Control Room at WINC Radio

 

AJAX, Stronger Than Dirt

Little Big Man

Scene 9 Grand Olde Opry, Nashville

 

Stop, Look & Listen

Patsy & Band

Always

Patsy

Scene 10 Control Room at WINC Radio

 

Scene 11 Grand Olde Opry, Nashville

 

Lovesick Blues

Patsy & Band

Act II

Scene 1 the Mint Casino, Las Vegas

 

Blue Moon of Kentucky

Patsy & Band

Don't Wanna

Patsy & Band

Scene 2 Control Room at WINC Radio

 

AJAX, The Foaming Cleanser

Little Big Man & Band

Scene 3 Gospel Church

 

Closer Walk with Thee

Patsy

She's Got You

Patsy

Back in Baby's Arms

Patsy

Scene 3 Carnegie Hall, New York City

 

Jimmy Crack Corn

Carnegie Hall Comic & Band

Sweet Dreams

Patsy

I Fall to Pieces

Patsy

Bill Bailey

Patsy & Band

Crazy

Patsy

Scene 5 Control Room at WINC Radio

 

A Closer Walk (Reprise)

Patsy

 

Patsy Cline Cast Bios

Luke BridgesLuke Bridges (Little Big Man, et. al) is pleased to be returning to The Round Barn Theater after appearing in last season’s Pirates of Penzance and CATS. A native Arkansan, Luke is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. Past professional credits include Les Miserables, Motel in Fiddler On The Roof, Professor in South Pacific, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Love and thanks to my family.

 

 

 

 

cheyenne nelsonCheyenne Nelson (Patsy Cline) is thrilled to be back in Indiana this summer. You may have seen her last year in Nunsense II. She has performed all over the country and throughout Europe. Her favorite roles include Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Robert Anne in Nunsense, Jeannie in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Madame de la Grande Bouche in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and Lucy in Snoopy!. Cheyenne was born and raised in Jonesboro Arkansas, and now resides in Cleveland, Ohio. She would like to thank her parents Mike and Barbara, her brother Dylan, and Dave for always encouraging her to pursue her dreams. "As always, this is for Tracy."

 


Patsy Cline Band & Staff Bios

Timm Adams (Director) is thrilled to be a part of this endearing production about one of country music’s biggest legends. Tim holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from Baylor University and is currently Associate Professor of Music at Rockford College where he teaches private voice and musical theater courses, conducts three choirs, and musical directs the Performing Arts Department’s main stage musicals. He is also the proud Artistic Director of the Chicago Chamber Choir, which he has conducted since 2000. Prior to his move to Rockford, Timm enjoyed an extensive career in theater, both as an actor and a musical director, performing throughout the Southeast and Midwest in such shows as Hello, Dolly! as Cornelius, Joseph and the…Dreamcoat as Joseph, Singin' in the Rain as Cosmo, Pump Boys and Dinettes as L.M., Buddy…The Buddy Holly Story as Norman Petty, and Return to the Forbidden Planet as Ariel, the rollerblading robot. As a director, Timm’s favorite productions have been The Fantasticks, The Taffetas, The Quilters, and The Hot Mikado. Later this summer, Timm will perform in the play Rounding Third at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon, Missouri.
Thanks for joining us today!

Emily Ledger (Assistant Stage Manager) was born and raised in Fairfield, IA. She recently became an auntie and godmother to her sister’s beautiful daughter, Bella. She is double majoring in History and Theater, with an English minor, at Simpson College in Indianola, IA and is looking forward to graduating next spring. Past design experiences include A Year with Frog & Toad, Henry 5,and The Servant of Two Masters.

Corey McIntyre (Sound Designer) has been involved with theater technology since age 12 and has been lucky enough to build a career steadily in the field of sound. He’s worked everywhere from churches to amusement parks with exposure to everything from bluegrass to rock and roll.
Thank to my family and friends for all the love and support they give.

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer), with his father LaVern, founded Amish Acres in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to the Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 25 consecutive years having surpassed 3,500 performances before audiences of over 350,000 people. Plain and Fancy’s Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Mr. Stein’s urging Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced seventy two different main stage Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Eight of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, and Carmelina, plus a Second Stage Production of Enter Laughing. As you might expect, he has said that The Round Barn Theatre is his favorite regional theatre with which he has been associated.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ twenty year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets to kids.

Philip B. Richard II (Production Stage Manager / Lighting Designer) is excited to be joining The Round Barn Theatre family for his first season. Philip grew up in Dallastown, PA and was an Entertainment Coordinator for 5 years at the Walt Disney World Resort and has previously worked for Austin Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater,Festival 56 in Princeton, IL, and recently Honolulu Theatre for Youth. His regional credits include the National Post Broadway premiere of Souvenir with Orlando Theatre Project and World Premiers of If You Give A Moose A Muffin, Stripes & Stars, and Wittenberg. Philip’s regional lighting credits include productions of The Pillowman, Stripes and Stars, Nosferatu, Rocky Horror Show, Footloose, Scrooge, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Philip is a member of the Equity Membership Candidate program and the Stage Manager Association.
I would like to thank Kevin for his continued encourgment and you the audience for supporting the arts, without you theatre would not be possible. Enjoy the show!

Amberly Rosen (Fiddle) is known for her eclectic musical repertoire and contagious smile. Amberly has been fiddling since the age of three and performs a variety of musical styles including classical, bluegrass, Celtic, Balkan, and Scandinavian folk music. Her desire to share these traditions has led her to study and perform in Greece, Bulgaria, and Japan. Amberly has performed all over the USA with different groups including the Rosen Sisters and as a soloist. She holds a BM in violin performance from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Amberly is originally from Eugene, OR and has not lived in one place for more than three months since May of 2008 to play music wherever she can!  Thanks to my family and friends for their love! Visit me at amberlyrosen.com

Laurie Schotz (Managing Artistic Director / Costumes) is thrilled to be returning for a second season at Amish Acres. Before joining the Amish Acres staff in 2009 she was the Artistic Director for 10 years at Bearcreek Farms Resort in Bryant, IN. Prior to her time there, you could have seen her fall off a building at Old Tucson Studios, aboard a cruise as a production singer/dancer, or running her own entertainment company in Chicago, IL for 13 years. She would like to thank her brother Michael for teaching and guiding her through a difficult time but always keeping her laughing. He has taught her a goal is a dream with a deadline.
I hope you enjoy your whole experience at Amish Acres and remember to “Embrace the Pace!”

Travis Smith (Piano / Music Director) is thrilled to be a co-musical director after just finishing a stint as Ricky the piano player in The Round Barn Theatre’s production of The Taffetas. You may have seen Travis last season in Barefoot in the Park. He has worked as both a performer and musical director for the past several years. Companies he has worked for include Allenberry Playhouse, Bearcreek Resort, Circa 21, Old Creamery Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse, Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Cornwell’s Dinner theatre, Grand Geneva Resort, and the University of Findlay. He was also the activities director at Bearcreek Resort where he emceed and opened for such stars as Joann Castle, Boots Randolph, Glenn Miller Orchestra, and many more. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, he has worked in NYC performing with Victory Theatricals and had the honor of performing with the National AIDs Fund and the Equity Fights AIDS/Broadway Cares charities. Travis also runs his own business producing background tracks for various theatres. He enjoys composition as well. The Old Creamery theatre has commissioned him to write two children’s musicals with them this year including their yearly children’s tour.  He is a proud graduate of Otterbein College in Westerville, OH where he earned his degrees in theatre and music.
Enjoy the show an for more information please visit www.travis-smith.com

Jeremy D. Springer (Bass) now hails from Boston, but grew up just a few hours down the road in Findlay, OH. He graduated last year with a degree in Theater Performance, and has been playing the upright bass since he was nine.

Ken Swinkin (Drums) comes from the suburbs of New York City where he has been playing the drums since age 4. His musical theater credits include U.S. tours of The Music Man, Stand By Your Man, and A Christmas Carol and a European tour of Grease.  He’s also played for two productions of Always…Patsy Cline and looks forward to playing Patsy Cline’s great songs again.