UPDATE: Final performance is this Friday night because star Terri Caldwell was too sick to perform last Saturday.
It's the end of an era this weekend at the Cactus Theater with the final two performances of "Always... Patsy Cline," a show that's been done on that stage more than 80 times since 1998. Star Terri Caldwell says it has a huge following.
"Ive had lots of people say 'this is our fourth time to see it, our fifth time to see it' and that always makes me feel good," Caldwell said..
The musical by Ted Swindley tells the story of the legendary singer's life through a special friendship she had with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger. What's made this performance special all these years is it's performed by two close friends: Terri Caldwell and Jane Prince Jones. Caldwell is Cline, and Jones is Seger.
Now they're retiring from the roles.
"We said we'd like to keep doing this til we're in wheelchairs and walkers," Caldwell said. "And we're almost there."
Hardly. And Jones says the show doesn't feel old, either.
"No matter how many times we've done this show, it feels fresh and new every time we perform it," she said.
We caught up with the ladies in non-dress rehearsals earlier this week. Caldwell sings like a bird, and Jones says you can hear her love for the music.
"I just adore the way she sings," she said. "I think she's my favorite singer, other than Frank Sinatra."
Caldwell says doing this show so many years, she's learned a lot about one of her favorite singers.
"It's one of the biggest honors I've ever had - to step into her shoes for a couple hours every performance," she said.
Saturday night the lights will dim on this production for the final time. Jones says it will be tough.
"It makes you feel really kinda funny on the inside," she said. "And I imagine there will be a few real tears shed on this show."
Not just on stage - maybe in the audience too.
"Always... Patsy Cline" (Final Performances)
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