“Always…Patsy Cline,” coming to Buxton on Nov. 13
islanders are in store for a rare treat when the hit musical,
“Always...Patsy Cline,” lights up the stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov.
13, at the Cape Hatteras Secondary School in Buxton.
This performance is free and open to the public.
invited guests will be the island's volunteer fire chiefs and firemen
who went above and beyond all expectations during and after the recent
The two-act musical starring jazz vocalist Laura
Martier as the legendary Patsy Cline and Barbara Hird as her friend
Louise Seger includes many of the songs that Cline made famous.
on a true story, the play explores Cline's pen-pal friendship with
Seger who became an immediate fan after hearing the country singer on
the Arthur Godfrey Show in 1957. Seger then hounded the local disk
jockey to play Cline’s records on the radio.
The two later met
in Houston where Cline had a singing engagement, and they instantly
formed a friendship that lasted until Cline’s death in 1963.
Martier relocated from Wisconsin to North Carolina where she is the
reigning jazz vocalist on the Outer Banks. She has released several CDs
and toured internationally. Martier also is executive director of Dare
County Arts Council whose mission is not only to promote the arts, but
also to educate. As an educator, she has served as adjunct professor of
voice at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. Always
seeking to add new experiences and material to her repertoire,
‘Always...Patsy Cline” is Martier’s first foray into the world of
professional theatre as an actor.
Barbara Hird, a native of
Yorkshire, England, studied and performed at the prestigious Bradford
Playhouse and Film Theatre. Before coming to the United States, she
toured the English Regional Theatre circuit in plays ranging from
Shakespeare to modern musicals. In North Carolina, she has worked with
numerous theatres including the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival,
Charlotte Rep. and The Lost Colony.
Her work in Elizabeth R – performed in London, Edinburgh, regional
New York City, and more than 30 locations in the mid-Atlantic states --
has brought her international acclaim and North Carolina’s Order of the
Long Leaf Pine. Her new role in “Always…Patsy Cline’ as Louise Seger is
sure to be another hit. Hird is also the costume designer for “The
Diary of Adam and Eve” and “Always…Patsy Cline.
Martier and Hird debuted in “Always...Patsy Cline” as the opening
performance for the new season of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively
Arts. Both received excellent reviews from audiences.
and originally directed by Ted Swindley and produced with permission of
Ted Swindley Productions, Inc. and APC, Inc. the production of
“Always...Patsy Cline” is produced by Elizabeth R and Company and
directed by lebame houston.
The Buxton performance is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
and Elizabeth R and Company.