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					                                                                                        The Keating Mainstage
                                                                                        The Goldstein Cabaret
                                                                                        The Gompertz Theatre

                                                                                     1241 North Palm Avenue
                                                                                          Sarasota, FL 34236
                                                                               Administration: (941) 366-9017
                                                                                    Box Office: (941) 366-9000
                                                                                          Fax: (941) 955-4137
                                                                        E-mail: info@floridastudiotheatre.org
Artistic Director: Richard Hopkins                           Website: www.floridastudiotheatre.org/media.php



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Eric Pugh
              Marketing Director
              (941) 366 – 9017 ext. 313
              epugh@floridastudiotheatre.org
    DATE:     May 30, 2008


                         Always…Patsy Cline Held Over!
                      Extends, due to popular demand, to the Gompertz in June

          (Sarasota, FL) – Always…Patsy Cline is a hit with preview audiences at Florida
          Studio Theatre. “Her (Christine Mild) pitch is perfect,” “Terrific Show,”
          “Absolutely Fantastic Show, Excellent” is a few of the exit comments. The
          Summerfest Season is just getting started and already there is a hit on the Keating
          Mainstage! Patsy Cline was the original cross-over sensation with her acclaimed
          hit “Walkin’ After Midnight” in 1957 (#2 on the Country Charts and #12 on the
          Pop Charts) and followed in the early 60s with “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy” and
          “She’s Got You.” These songs and 24 others pay tribute to the one-of-a-kind
          Patsy Cline.

          Cline’s rise to legendary stardom is told through personal letters shared with her
          best friend and biggest fan, Louise. From her performance at the Grand Ole Opry
          to her tragic death in 1963, Patsy Cline will “always” have a place in country
          music and with music enthusiasts across multiple genres.

          Artistic Director Richard Hopkins commented, “The story is based on the very
          real relationship that evolved between Patsy and one of her fans, Louise. Louise
          relates the story of her time with Patsy and in doing so we remember why we
          loved Pasty so much. And then of course there are the songs, the lyrics, and the
          parade of period costumes. Not to mention a great band.”



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Always…Patsy Cline stars New York Actress Christine Mild as “Patsy Cline,”
who portrayed the role last summer at the Carousel Dinner Theatre in Akron,
Ohio. Mild’s other credits include “Young Gertrude Stein” in Galati/Flaherty’s
Loving Repeating (About Face/MCA, Chicago – Jeff Nomination, Original
Soundtrack Jay Records); “Grizabella,” Cats (Carousel); and most recently
“Factory Girl/Fantine u.s. in Les Miserables (Marriott Theatre).

Florida resident and Artistic Director (Key West Red Barn Theatre), Joy
Hawkins stars as “Louise” and also directed the production. Hawkins has played
“Louise” for the past 11 years in major regional theatres across the country as
well as touring Scotland and England. Her directing credits include; Picasso at
the Lapin Agile, Opus, Seascape and Spitfire Grill (Red Barn Theatre). She also
has directed for The Tennessee Williams Theatre, Tucson’s Invisible Theatre and
The Allenberry Playhouse.

Music Director Vince DiMura returns to Florida Studio Theatre after serving as
music director for European Cabaret in the Goldstein Cabaret. DiMura as a Jazz
pianist/Composer has performed on concert stages throughout North America,
Canada and Latin America and has released two CD’s “Imperfect Balance” and
“A Darker Shade of Romance.” He is best known for his arrangements of My
Way: A Sinatra Cabaret and I Left My Heart: A Tribute to the Music of Tony
Bennett.

“The Bodacious Bobcats” backing up “Ms. Cline” are musicians; Jim Prosser on
Piano, Skip Ellis on Rhythm & Steel Guitar, Chad Dance on Bass and Peter
Leon on drums.

The production design team includes FST staff member Marcella Beckwith
(Costume Design), Lauren Feldman (Scenic Coordinator) and Colleen Jennings
(Lighting Design).

The musical tribute, Always…Patsy Cline continues through June 15, 2008 at the
Keating Mainstage and through June 22, 2008 at the Gompertz Theatre. Tickets
are $19 - $32 and may be purchased from the FST Box Office in person, by phone
(941) 366 – 9000 or online at www.floridastudiotheatre.org !

Known as Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre was founded
in 1973 by Jon Spelman. Starting out as a small touring company, FST traveled
to places such as migrant camps and prisons. The company eventually settled
down into a permanent home, acquiring the former Woman’s Club building –
now renamed the Keating Theatre. In the years that followed, Florida Studio
Theatre established itself as a major force in American Theatre, presenting
contemporary theatre in its three theatre venues: the Keating Theatre, the
Goldstein Cabaret and its newest space, the Gompertz Theatre.
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Even with its growth, Florida Studio Theatre remains firmly committed to making
the arts accessible and affordable to a broad-based audience. Under Richard
Hopkins, Artistic Director and CEO, FST develops theatre that speaks to our
living, evolving, and dynamically changing world. As FST grows and expands, it
continues to provide audiences with challenging, contemporary drama and
innovative programs.


Florida Studio Theatre is grateful to Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy for
underwriting the 2007 - 2008 Mainstage Season; Co-Producer’s Jules & Sheila
Rose, Frank and Anne Folsom Smith and Mildred Stein and to the Florida Arts
Council, SRQ Media Group, Sarasota Arts Council, Tourist Development Council
and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Interviews are available with the cast and/or director based on availability.
Schedule follows on the next page.
Production photos are now available upon request or can be downloaded at:
www.floridastudiotheatre.org/media.php
                           Always…Patsy Cline
                            Performance Schedule
                            Through June 22, 2008
                     Keating Mainstage/Gompertz Theatre
                              Tickets: $19-$32

*Special Note: Christine Mild will perform the National Anthem for the Sarasota
Reds on Monday, June 9th.

Wednesday            May 28                8 PM
Thursday             May 29                8 PM
Friday               May 30                8 PM
Saturday             May 31                2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday               June 1                3 PM & 8 PM


Tuesday              June 3                8 PM
Wednesday            June 4                8 PM
Thursday             June 5                8 PM
Friday               June 6                8 PM
Saturday             June 7                2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday               June 8                3 PM & 8 PM

Tuesday              June 10               8 PM
Wednesday            June 11               8 PM
Thursday             June 12               8 PM
Friday               June 13               8 PM
Saturday             June 14               2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday               June 15               3 PM & 8 PM


Gompertz Theatre
Wednesday            June 18               8 PM
Thursday             June 19               8 PM
Friday               June 20               8 PM
Saturday             June 21               2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday               June 22               3 PM & 8 PM

				
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