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Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley
Director Shaun Carroll

Nov. 8 - Dec. 3, 2017

More than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically in a plane crash in 1963, ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor and true emotion, includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight… 27 songs in all. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.

"Crowd-pleasing"– Chicago Tribune

This production is funded, in part, by grants from the following organizations:

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Photos ©2017 Steve DiBartolomeo-Westside Studio Images

Always . .  Patsy Cline
Always . .  Patsy Cline
Always . .  Patsy Cline
Always . .  Patsy Cline
Always . .  Patsy Cline
Always . .  Patsy Cline

Glossary: Click Here to see a glossary of words and terms used in the first act.
Timeline: Click Here to see.


Art MankeShaun Carroll (Director/Prop Master) This is Shaun's first directing venture for Jewel Theatre's main stage. Previously he has directed a stage reading of Orson Wells radio play, War of the Worlds. While with the Willows Theatre Company in Concord, he also directed the radio plays Sorry Wrong Number, Miracle on 34th Street, Strangers on a Train, and All About Eve. He has also been seen onstage here at Jewel and around the Bay Area. He is currently working on putting together a school tour program for Jewel. In addition to his directing work, Shaun has done props for many Jewel productions before becoming the resident props artisan. He has been doing props for various theatre companies around the Bay Area for 10 years, including 7 years as the resident Props Designer for the Willows Theatre Company in Concord. Other theatres include Lake Tahoe, California, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festivals, Capital Stage Theatre, Shotgun Players, Foothill Theatre Company, Opera Santa Barbara, and Ensemble Parallele. He also ran props for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, the European tour of Walt Disney's World on Ice, and the 6 month National Tour of Nunset Boulevard, starring Cindy Williams of "Laverne & Shirley".


Nancy CarlinJulie James* (Patsy Cline)ere she has acted in several shows including Sylvia, The Dance of Death, A Streetcar Named Desire, Guys and Dolls, Complications from a Fall, Harper Regan, What the Butler Saw, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Arcadia, One for the Road, Mary Stuart, Hello and Goodbye, The House of Blue Leaves, Sylvia, Women on Fire, and Raised in Captivity. She has also performed with several other theatres, including Marin Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, California Conservatory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, The Willows Theatre, and VITA Shakespeare Festival. Julie holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University.


Diana Torres KossDiana Torres Koss* (Louise Seger) was most recently seen on the Jewel stage as Sue Bayliss in All My Sons, Eunice Hubbell in A Streetcar Named Desire, the Accompanist in Master Class, Saunders the maid in Fallen Angels, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls which was Jewel's first show in the brand new Colligan Theater. Previous roles for Jewel include Muriel (Woman in Mind), The Dresser (Enter the Guardsman), Rhetta Cupp (Pump Boys and Dinettes), Queen Elizabeth (Mary Stuart), Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit), Bunny (House of Blues Leaves), Joanne (Company), Woman 2 (Starting Here, Starting Now), and Peggy's Mother (Peggy, The Musical - staged reading). She composed original music and designed sound with her husband, John Koss, for Jewel's Arcadia and Saint Joan, co-directed Blithe Spirit with Julie James, directed the huge comedy hit Sylvia (to be remounted this Spring!), accompanied the duet musical I Do! I Do!, and was music director for Gunmetal Blues. Other regional roles: Theatreworks - Prism (Being Earnest, Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Mary Todd Lincoln (A Civil War Christmas); Palo Alto Players - Margaret (Light in the Piazza); San Jose Stage Company - Pennywise (Urinetown), Betty (Great American Trailer Park Musical). A teaching artist for the non-profit Starting Arts, Diana is also a director, music director, piano teacher, and vocal and acting coach. Proud member of Actors Equity since 1992.

*Member, Actors' Equity Association.