ANTIGONISH – Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre adds the second show to its repertory season with the opening of Being Hank & Patsy by Path Productions.
Being Hank & Patsy, written and directed by Antigonish native Laura Teasdale, is a musical memoire starring Ralph Steiner and Laura Teasdale.
In this true story, two actors coincidentally embark on parallel journeys that challenge them to play the roles of country music’s most iconic heroes, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. Fate makes their paths cross and they fall in love with their alter egos and then in (and out) of love with each other!
The stories of Hank and Patsy are revealed through the eyes of two passionate actors learning to portray them. The classic Hank & Patsy tunes that they love so dearly are mingled with other personal favourites that come out of Ralph and Laura’s true story. We glimpse their lives on stage as Hank & Patsy, but also the musical romance that blossomed off stage at campfire jams and concert gigs. The show is funny, personal, and touching as the true stories of the legends intertwine with the story of their rocky relationship. Above all, this memoire is a testament to the power of great music to bring people together and tear their hearts apart.
If you’ve ever wondered how the heck it came to be that Ralph and Laura are thought of everywhere as Hank & Patsy, this show is for you. If you love to laugh, this show is for you. If you love those old hurting Country songs, this show is for you!
Laura Teasdale is an actor, musician, playwright, cartoon voice and teacher. She made her professional debut at the Bauer Theatre, appearing in the very first season of Festival Antigonish. In the 30 years that have passed since then, she has lived in Quebec and worked for great companies like Centaur Theatre, Geordie & Theatre Lac Brome. She led a women’s choir and was part of clown and comedy improv troupes. She studied laughter therapy, taught drama and music to elementary school kids, toured to the Arctic, played The Artful Dodger, wrote 8 dinner theatres and 25 children’s plays and grew a lot of gardens. Laura’s best-known plays, include Honky Tonk Blue-The Night Patsy Met Hank, Woodswalker, and Home Child, an outdoor show that toured Nova Scotia last summer. Her favourite plays are inspired by local history. She sings in a band with two friends Sheila and Patricia…They are called The Lovely Brothers. In all these years away, she has longed for Nova Scotia and she is finally back home in Antigonish.
Being Hank & Patsy opened at the Bauer Theatre on July 12 and is here for a limited run of just six shows. Advance tickets are going fast and early booking is recommended.
Tickets are available online (any time) and at the Bauer Theatre box office.