May 28 – June 19 (May 28, 29, 30, June 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19)
Box office: 440-428-7092, Wed. – Sun., 3-7 p.m.
MADISON, OH – The musical play “Always . . . Patsy Cline” opens the summer season at Rabbit Run Theater, May 28.
“Always . . . Patsy Cline” is a musical tribute to the country singer Patsy Cline who perished in a plane crash in 1963 at the age of 30. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s close friendship with Louise Seger, a fan from Houston whom she met while performing at a honky-tonk.
Twenty-seven of Cline’s hits are featured in the show including” Crazy”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight”. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love always… Patsy Cline.”
The show is directed by Brint Learned, who has acted and directed at numerous theaters in the area, including The Fine Arts Association, Rabbit Run Theater, Lake Erie College, Beck Center, Lakeland Civic Theatre and Ashtabula Arts Center.
Musical direction is provided by Jonathan Gordon, who previously served as the musical director for “My Way, a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” at Rabbit Run and has also musically directed at the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild.
“Always . . . Patsy Cline”, created and originally directed by Ted Swindley, runs from May 28 through June 19 and is rated for general audiences.
Playing the role of Patsy is Emily Stack. Stack has performed in a number of productions at Rabbit Run, most recently as the lead role of Donna Sheridan in the 2019 production of “Mamma Mia”.
Cline’s friend Louise Seger is portrayed by Sandy Kosovich Peck. A familiar face at Rabbit Run, Peck has performed in and directed many shows at Rabbit Run as well as the Fine Arts Association.
Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at www.rabbitrun.org. Tickets are $26, adult; $24, senior and student; and $13 for youth 12 and under. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.
Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the picnic pavilion or courtyards.
While taking in a performance of “Always . . . Patsy Cline”, patrons are able to purchase a raffle ticket for Bunny Bucks Cash Raffle, Rabbit Run Community Arts Association’s (RRCAA)’s annual fundraiser.
The Grand Prize is $10,000; second place prize is $4,000, and the third place prize is $1,000. Twenty-two additional Bonus Prizes, each with a value of at least $100, are being awarded weekly through Aug. 23.
Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $50 each. The cash prizes will be announced Aug. 27. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, the RRCAA office at 440-428-5913 or online at rabbitrun.org.
Rabbit Run Theater follows all state-mandated COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of each show.
All shows for “Always . . . Patsy Cline” begin at 7:30 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Dworken & Bernstein, Hearn Plumbing and Heating, Huffman-Mayer–Paolo Wealth Management Group and Lighthouse Advisers.
Rabbit Run Theater also appreciates the support from the Lake County Visitors Bureau and their Arts & Culture Grant program.
Rabbit Run Theater is one of the few barn theaters still in operation and operates under the auspices of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, a non-profit organization offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.
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MY OHIO FUN ROAD TRIP NOTES:
Before you go:
Tickets are required to be purchased in advance.
Dress for the weather. On beautiful days the doors are opened during the productions.
Picnic tables are available.
Limited refreshments are also available.
Parking is free.
Where to enjoy dinner beforehand:
Brennan’s Fish House (14 miles)
Crosswinds Grille – Geneva-on-the-Lake (10 miles)
Grand River Cellars Winery – Madison (10 miles)
Pickle Bill’s Lobster House – Grand River (14 miles)
Silvestro’s Depot Cafe – Painesville (12 miles)
4th largest Amish Country – Geauga County
Covered Bridges (19) – Ashtabula County
Geneva-on-the-Lake – Ashtabula County
The Holden Arboretum – Kirtland
James A. Garfield National Historic Site – Mentor
Lake County Captains – Mentor
Lake County History Center – Mentor
Lake Metroparks Farmpark – Kirtland
Where to stay:
There are two hotels located just off the freeway in Madison. The Hampton Inn and the Holiday Inn Express. Other options available are Punderson Manor Lodge in Newbury, the Comfort Inn Painesville, Hampton Inn & Suites Mentor and/or Lawnfield Inn & Suites Mentor. For those who also want to spend time in Ohio’s Wine Country, we would suggest The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake or The Lakehouse Inn.
Local Visitor Information:
Akron – 75 miles
Ashtabula – 19 miles
Canton – 87 miles
Cleveland – 45 miles
Columbus – 215 miles
Erie, PA – 65 miles
Medina – 70 miles
Pittsburgh – 140 miles
Youngstown – 70 miles