Shelby Clindaniel

Canterbury Summer Theatre's latest production, "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline," is a plethora of the country music legend's greatest hits. Directed by Victoria Chavis, this two-person musical pays tribute to the late, great Patsy Cline.

Patsy Cline was born in Virginia in 1932; she quit school when she was 15 and decided to dedicate the rest of her life to her musical passion. She tried out at the Grand Ole Opry when she was just 16 years old, and she hasn't been forgotten since.

Leah Mazur, who plays Patsy, showcases country hits such as "Bill Bailey," "Walkin' After Midnight" and "I Fall To Pieces." Leah sang 20 songs throughout the production, and her voice never gave out once. She added an attractive and sassy yodel to her voice, specific for the country part. Her personality was charming, and her red lipstick was fabulous.

Elise Viers, who plays a radio broadcaster, creates her small part into a witty and hysterical character that plays a big role. Elise narrates Patsy's musical pieces throughout the production, and the two ladies work really well together.

The lights, props and costumes played a great role in the production. The backdrop slightly changes only once, but the lighting makes all the difference. The props, which consisted of huge posters of Patsy Cline, as well as other vintage pieces, set the audience right into the time period. The costumes were also fantastic. Patsy has a few outfit changes, and none of them disappoint. The radio broadcaster also has wardrobe changes, which enhance her changing personalities, which go from funny to funnier.

This production and tribute to Patsy Cline was a hit in my book. Leah and Elise did a great job at making the two parts fill the show. The show runs through July 25, and if you are a Patsy Cline fan, a country music fan, or just looking for a good time, I suggest seeing "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline."

For more information, visit www.festivalplayersguild.org or call the Mainstreet Theatre box office at 219-874-4269.

Shelby Clindaniel is a communication major and sociology and organizational leadership minor at Purdue University North Central. She can be reached at shelbyclindaniel@hotmail.com.

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