Photos: Opening weekend of ‘Always … Patsy Cline’

From left: Carla Kaiser Kotrc as Louise, music director Jalyn Courtenay Webb and Megan Van De Hey as Patsy Cline.


By John Moore
April 14, 2013

Opening No. 54: Starkey Theatrix’s “Always … Patsy Cline”: Photos from opening weekend, including an on-stage proposal! Starring Megan Van De Hey as Patsy Cline and Carla Kaiser Kotrc as Louise Seger. Also featuring the Bodacious Bobcats: Neal Dunfee, Dan Hoeye, Jason Tyler Vaughn, Bob Case and Scott Alan Smith. Directed by John Moore (Hey, that’s me!). Musical direction by Jalyn Courtenay Webb. Through April 20 at the PACE Center, 20000 E. Pikes Peak Ave., in Parker. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; also 2 p.m. Sundays, April 14. Tickets: 303-805-6800 or Thanks: Seth Caikowski, Shaun Albrechtson, Ronni Gallup, Chris Starkey.

This photo gallery is part of my ongoing, 2013 labor-of-love photo series called “It’s Opening Night in Colorado Theatre,” bringing you iconic snapshots from behind the scenes all over Colorado theater. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. To see the actual, official photo series featuring one intimate, iconic snapshot from 54 Colorado opening nights (and counting), click here.

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For my return to directing, I got plenty of advice from more experienced, well-wishing directors around town. Advice, such as: “Break their spirits.” (Turns out, the actual expression is, “Break a leg”). Also: “You must wear a beret and carry a riding crop.” (Who knew?) So before opening night, Carla Kaiser Kotrc (Louise) gave me just that, so I played along. As did co-star Megan Van De Hey (Patsy).


Flowers for Carla Kaiser Kotrc on the VIP preview night.


The Bodacious Bobcats, from left: Bob Case, Jason Tyler Vaughn, Scott Alan Smith, Neal Dunfee and Dan Hoeye.


Drummer Dan Hoeye.






Director John Moore and Megan Van De Hey (Patsy).




Megan Van De Hey reflecting at sound check.


The (at times persnickety) sound and video cues.


Producer Ronni Gallup and stage manager Seth Caikowski.




Guitarist Jason Tyler Vaughn: “I played my heart out for this show, and all I got was this lousy CD!”


Bringing Schlitz back to cool, like it’s PBR.


Taking a moment during sound check.


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By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at