Mal Vincent reviews ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE.
“She has so many hits,” says actress Sandia Ahlers with a laugh, referring to Patsy Cline, the music legend that she’s portraying in the musical play that opens the landmark 40th season of the Virginia Stage Company, Always…Patsy Cline. The actress is new to VSC, but is certainly not new to portraying Patsy, as she…
Sandia Ahlers *
is thrilled to make her Virginia Stage Company debut! Off-Broadway: ReuKnighted (Feinstein’s/54 Below). Off-Off Broadway: A Sip of Sangria (Sounds of the City). National Tours: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Springer Theatricals), A Christmas Carol (Nebraska Theatre Caravan), Della’s Diner (Springer Theatricals). Regional: The Rocky Horror Show (Winnipesauke Playhouse) Quilters (Maples Repertory Theatre), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Winter Park Playhouse), A Little Night Music (Peach State Summer Theatre), Legally Blonde: the Musical (TheatreWorks FL), I Love You Because (Orlando Int'l Fringe Festival), Anything Goes (St. Stephen's Playhouse). Sandia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Florida. “As you let your own light shine you unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” www.sandiaahlers.com
Instagram: @itslikesangria // Facebook Artist Page: Sandia Ahlers
Linda Edwards *
is happy to return to Virginia Stage, where she played Prudie in Pump Boys & Dinettes many years ago. She is excited to play Louise again in this show, after playing Patsy in several productions. Her 40-year career includes opera, theatre, recital, symphony, and cabaret stages, in roles such as Madame Thenardier (Les Mis), Truvy (Steel Magnolias), Mrs. Potts (Beauty & the Beast), Fairy Godmother (Cinderella), Adelaide (Guys & Dolls), Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), and Ursula (Little Mermaid). Linda recently received the Southern California Desert Star award as Outstanding Actress for her work as Florence Foster Jenkins (Souvenir, Coyote Stage, Palm Springs). Trained as an opera singer, she made her debut in Israel with Leonard Bernstein as Cunegonde (Candide), and toured Europe as Carlotta (Phantom). Her latest opera frolic was as The Witch (Hansel & Gretel). Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Barter Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Riverside (FL) Theatre, Aspen Music Festival, La Mirada (CA) Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse. For my brother Jason - irrepressible, irresistible, irreplaceable. Never forgotten.
Previously at Virginia Stage: Pump Boys & Dinettes (Season 20), Prudie
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Randolph Hagin **
Previously at Virginia Stage: A Christmas Carol (Season 39)
Allegra Havens **
Previously at Virginia Stage: The Last Five Years (Season 32)
Derrick Englert **
** Member of the American Federation of Musicians