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“Always, Patsy Cline” opens at The Wick this week through May 19

The ultimate fan-becomes-a-friend musical opens Thursday at The Wick Theatre for a run through May 19.

“Always, Patsy Cline” follows an encounter at a concert between the singer and a Houston fan. Louise Seger never expected to hear from her idol again. But the two shared letters until Cline was killed in a 1963 plane crash. She was only 30.

“Cline floats in and out of the set singing tunes that made her famous,” is how those scenes are described. Among the songs are “Anytime,” “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Crazy.”

Terri Dixon plays Patsy Cline in this run, and literally knows the score. She’s done this show before and sings those songs in her cabaret act.

“I don’t do an impression, but I feel we’re kindred spirits,” said the actress, who just finished touring in “Menopause the Musical.”

The national tours of “My One and Only,” “The Best Little Whorehouse” and “Smokey Joe’s Café” on Broadway are among her stage credits.

“This is a lovely story. Louise met Patsy at a show and was bold enough to approach her.  They started a pen-pal relationship,” Dixon said.

 “The first time I did this show, I reached out to Louise, who was still alive,” Dixon said during a break in rehearsals. Louise Seger Zurbuchen died in 2004 in Willis, Texas.

In this production, Seger is played by Lourelene Snedeker. She won a Carbonell Award, one of four, for her role in The Wick’s “The Sound of Music.”

“The standout performance comes from Lourelene Snedeker as the mother abbess, who blows the roof off…with her first act finale, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain,’ ” is how the Palm Beach Arts Paper described her appearance.

This is The Wicks Theatre & Costume Museum’s final production this season. Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $75 or $85 here or call 561-995-2333.

By Marci Shatzman

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