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"Always...Patsy Cline" production recap

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3 showings at Avalon Theatre

Always...Patsy Cline

High Desert Opera returned to the Grand Junction stage December 2023 to perform Ted Swindley's Always...Patsy Cline at the Historic Avalon Theatre. The troupe's 21st season was highlighted by 3 successful performances of the show, as Colorado's own Geneve Rose Mitchell dazzled audiences in her portrayal of the Country/Pop music icon.

Performances ran from December 29th to December 31st, and show feedback was positive and glowing, with attendees getting photos and autographs from Jeneve and her co-star Sierra Rode in the lobby after the shows. Mrs. Rode (Edens) fulfilled the role of Louise Seger (Patsy Cline's good friend) in the production.

Based on life events of Patsy Cline...

Always...Patsy Cline is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Having first heard Cline on the "Arthur Godfrey Show" in 1957, Seger became an immediate and avid fan of Cline's and she constantly hounded the local disc jockey to play Cline's records on the radio. In 1961, when Cline went to Houston for a show, Seger and her buddies arrived about an hour-and-a-half early and, by coincidence, met Cline who was traveling alone. The two women struck up a friendship that was to culminate in Cline spending the night at Seger's house -a friendship that lasted until Cline's untimely death. – That's where our story begins. ~ Ogunquit Playhouse

The Cast

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Jeneve Rose Mitchell - Patsy Cline

This “Rocky Mountain Hillbilly Girl” grew up off the grid in the Elk Wilderness of Colorado. At age 15, she was in the top 14 on American Idol, which 200,000 hopefuls had auditioned for.

Jeneve recorded and released her first professional EP in Nashville, including several songs from her American Idol journey as well as several originals. One of the songs on this album featured her friends Too Slim and Ranger Doug from Riders in the Sky, the Grand Ole Opry’s signature cowboy band, and achieved the #1 most played song on the Western Music Charts.

She plays an eclectic array of instruments as well as genres of music. She has won a variety of awards, including Best Harmony Duo with her dad in 2013 with her arrangement of Cool Water, the Western Music Association’s 2016 Crescendo Award for best new artist, the 2018 Youth Yodeler of the Year, and 2022 All Around Yodeler of the Year.

Sierra Rode (Edens) - Louise Seger

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Meet Sierra Rode, a seasoned talent gracing the stage in High Desert Opera's 21st Season. She has brought many memorable roles to life since joining the troupe in 2008, including that of Fantine in Les Misérables, Maria in The Sound of Music, and Marian Paroo in The Music Man. Most recently (in Winter 2019), Sierra “had the honor” of playing Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz.

Beyond the spotlight, Sierra has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Colorado Mesa University (CMU), and currently works for the Mesa County Workforce Center’s Career Development Program - helping her community through case and grant management. She married her college sweetheart, Sean Edens, in June of this year and the two are enjoying marital bliss.

“I want to thank my co-star Jeneve Rose Mitchell for her amazing work and for sharing her talent with HDO, director Jim Werner for his tireless and inspiring work bringing theatre to the Grand Valley, and my wonderful husband for his undying love and support. Most of all, I would like to thank our patrons for sharing their holiday season with the HDO cast and crew, and hope they relish the enchanting performance!”

Always...Patsy Cline - feedback from patrons

- "I have been a big Patsy Cline fan since the 1950s, and I've seen productions of this show in big cities. I have nothing but praise for this show. Gevene IS Patsy...this was the best production of Always...Patsy Cline that I have ever seen." ~ Anonymous patron

- "Oh my gosh the best way to start the New Year. This was absolutely wonderful! I can’t say enough!" ~ Joleen

Backup singers

The band - Bodacious Bobcats