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Local Stars Will Really Shine in ALWAYS…Patsy Cline

JOYCE NICHOLS (left) and Rachel Bossier will be co-starring in the Trinity Star Art Council’s production of ALWAYS...Patsy Cline on January 28th & 29th in the THS Auditorium.

ALWAYS?Patsy Cline, the upcoming musical produced by Trinity Star Arts Council (TSAC), is based on the true story of the legendary Patsy Cline and her close relationship with Louise Seger during the singer?s career in the early 1960?s.

As the two women communicated by handwritten letters, Patsy signed hers ?Always, Patsy Cline,? which inspired the name of the show. Over two dozen of Patsy?s hit songs will be presented, including CRAZY, I FALL TO PIECES, SWEET DREAMS and WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT.

The role of Patsy Cline will be played by Jimmi Joyce (Hicks) Nichols, Teague native and alumni of Teague High School, where the performance will take place. Joyce has been singing all her life and, from an early age, began performing at weddings and other local events. Her amazing voice soon became well known, with friends from the community raising money to send her to Oklahoma City to record her first CD of Christian music, with a second recording soon to follow.

Joyce made several appearances at Johnny High?s Country Music Revue in Fort Worth, and she served as lead singer for a couple of years in a local band called ?A Touch of Country.? She performed in Mexia Theater Group?s production of The Sound of Music and in TSAC?s Ring of Fire, with several appearances as June Carter in the show.

In the meantime, Joyce fell in love with the music of Patsy Cline?or, more accurately, with Patsy?s voice. As she often sang along with Patsy?s CD, she said a little prayer that God would allow her to sing those songs herself, someday, somewhere. That opportunity presented itself a few months ago when Director George Boyd and TSAC invited her to play the role of Patsy in ALWAYS?Patsy Cline. ?Even though I know I can?t even begin to do justice to that wonderful velvety voice of Patsy?s, I feel honored to do this. I am so appreciative to George and the folks of TSAC!?

Rachel Bossier, co-starring as Houston housewife Louise Seger, will help Joyce tell the story of their friendship in ALWAYS?Patsy Cline. Rachel has taught school in the area for the last several years and currently serves ?with pride and joy? as AIM teacher in Fairfield schools.

A woman of many talents, Rachel has been performing with her family for a number of years in plays, talent shows, funerals, weddings and Star Spangled Banner moments, singing, dancing and acting. Her credits include outstanding roles in several TSAC productions-- Smoky Joe?s Caf?, Beehive, Ring of Fire and Fall Arts Fests. She recently starred as Morticia in Palestine Community Theater?s production of The Addams Family. Other roles at that venue include Beauty and the Beast, 1776 and The King and I.

Rachel will direct TSAC?s second annual summer drama camp in June, presenting How I Became a Pirate, an opportunity for all ages.

Along with an outstanding band, a trio of excellent backup singers and the able direction of George Drayton Boyd, these two talented ladies will thrill you with their music and their story!

ALWAYS?Patsy Cline opens Saturday, January 28, at 7 p.m. in the Teague High Theater, US Hwy 84 in Teague. A matinee will be presented on Sunday, January 29, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and are available at Armadillo Emporium in Fairfield, the Chronicle in Teague, Flatt?s in Mexia or online at

www.TrinityStarArtsCouncil.org. For more information call (903) 388-4765.

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