BELLEVUE - What would it be like to be best friends with a show biz superstar? The Bellevue Society for the Arts' production of "Always....Patsy Cline" answers the question.
Performances of "Always....Patsy Cline" are 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Cabaret seating is at tables of 8 ($12.50) or theater seating ($10) and may be reserved by calling (419) 484-2787. The theater is at 205 Maple Street in Bellevue one block behind Wendy's.
In 1957, Houston housewife Louise Seger heard Cline on the Arthur Godfrey radio show and immediately became a fan. Four years later the two met and became close friends. They talked, wrote, and shared their secrets, providing much needed support for each other. At the end of her letters the signature was always the same: "Always....Patsy Cline."
The play focuses on the fateful evening at Houston's Esquire Ballroom when Seger hears of Cline's death in a plane crash. Seger supplies a narrative while Cline floats in and out of the set singing tunes that made her famous "Anytime, Walkin' After Midnight," "She's Got You," "Sweet Dreams" and "Crazy" to name a few. The show was written by Ted Swindley.
"Always....Patsy Cline" stars Bellevue natives Tami Cummings Kirkham as Patsy and Cathy Belfiore Watson as Louise. It contains most of Patsy's best known songs and is directed by Roger Washburn.
During Tami's professional career in country music in the 1980s she had recordings on the country music charts and she appeared on shows with Bobby Bare, Tom T. Hall, Porter Wagoner, and Faron Young. Tami maintains a strong country woman voice, sounding and appearing remarkably like Patsy Cline. Tami and her husband, Perry, have two children. She is HR manager at Flat Rock Care Center.
Cathy and her sisters ("The Befiore Sisters") had regular gigs at King's Island and on a Cleveland TV show. For five years during the 1990s she worked and performed in Branson, Mo. She recently has done vocals for Walt Sanders' "Cadillac Band" and for Rumours, the Fleetwood Mac tribute band. She lives in Bellevue with her two sons and is a grant coordinator at EHOVE in Milan. She also is a guitar teacher at the BSA Music Studio.