• Timber Lake Playhouse to Present A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

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    September 22, 2021

    Timber Lake Playhouse, the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, will continue its fall offerings on September 30 with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline for a two-week run at the playhouse. One of the all-time legends of country music, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is a tribute to Patsy’s spirit and a celebration of the music of her life.


    Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley, September 8 1932, in the Shenandoah Valley of Winchester, Virginia. Always spunky and devoted to music, she quit school at the age of fifteen to work in a drug store and help support her single mother and her younger brother and sister. In return, her mother dedicated her spare time to helping Patsy’s career, and drove her to Nashville when she was only sixteen for her first Grand Ole Opry audition.


    Patsy was never shy about self-promotion and impressed everyone the moment they heard her. Ironically, her musical talent was never really rewarded until Walkin’ After Midnight, which was recorded ten years after she began singing professionally. Her incredible musical rendition of this song on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts in 1957 not only won her the contest, but finally set her on the road to the acclaim she deserved. It was followed three years later by the memorable I Fall to Pieces. Then came Crazy (written by Willie Nelson), She’s Got You, Leavin’ on Your Mind, Sweet Dreams, and Faded Love. Her last single release was A Closer Walk with Thee. She realized her lifetime ambition of joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1960 and won ten awards at the WSM Country Music Festival.


    Patsy Cline will be portrayed by Broadway’s Felicia Finley. The show will also feature local favorite, Darren Mangler.  The production is directed by Dana Iannuzzi with music direction by Sam Columbus.


    Beginning on October 15, Timber Lake Terror, The Haunted Experience at Timber Lake will run Friday and Saturday nights in October.  The Experience includes the Trail of Terror, Fun House, and Haunted House, The TLP Escape Room runs Friday and Saturday nights in October beginning October 1.  TLP will close out Haunted October on the 30th with their annual offering of The Rocky Horror Picture Show


    November 13 brings Boy Band Night to TLP and BritBeat comes to the playhouse on November 20.  The World Premiere of What a Wonderful World comes to the TLP stage for Christmas on December 2 through December 12. Watch for all of the World Premiere events happening this December.


    Tickets for all Timber Lake events are available online at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org or by calling the Box Office at (815) 244-2035. The Box Office is open daily from 10:00 – 5:00 and until intermission on show days.


    Timber Lake Playhouse – Where you Come for the Show, Stay for the Experience


    Dan Danielowski, Executive Director
    dan@timberlakeplayhouse.org, (815) 244-2048