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Port Hope: The Capitol Theatre launches its 2022 summer season with “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”

Thursday, May 12, 2022

After two years of pandemic-related shutdowns, the Capitol Theatre is proud to open their 2022 Summer Season with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline by Dean Regan, starring Michelle Bouey, the first ever BIPOC performer in the role of Patsy.

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is a stunning tribute to one of country music’s greatest stars.

One of the all-time legends of country music, Patsy Cline’s enduring legacy crosses generations, musical genres, and nations. She has inspired millions of musicians and fans alike with her charm, humour, and unforgettable voice. Featuring all her biggest hits (Crazy, Walkin’ After Midnight), A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline will tell her story and have you singing all the way home.

Dean Regan created A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline in 1991 in Vancouver, BC and the show instantly became a sold out hit that toured across Canada. An 11-month run at the Playhouse Theatre in Boston Massachusetts was the first U.S. exposure and show subsequently did two U.S. national tours, enjoying an award-winning 30+ week run at the 4000-seat Grand Palace Theatre in Branson, MO (under the title Patsy!) where it was seen by more than half a million people. A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is one of only two Estate-Approved stage productions about Patsy Cline.

Presented live on stage from June 3-26.

Tickets are available here.

Artistic Producer Rob Kempson makes his directorial debut at the Capitol with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Kempson is a director, writer, and educator who has 15 years of experience in the non-profit professional arts sector and was appointed to his new role in the summer of 2021. He has served in various artistic leadership positions, including as Associate Artistic Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque, ON) and as Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto, ON).

Patsy Cline’s musical legacy is an enduring presence in our world. Her fans represent a great diversity of ages, backgrounds, and interests. After the last two years, I’m thrilled to open our season with a production that can bring people together once again. I promise you’ll hear the music that you love, learn the story of an incredible trailblazer, and witness the work of some of the best artists from across this country.”

- Rob Kempson, Director


At this time, the Capitol Theatre is continuing our proof of vaccination requirement and mask mandate for entry, along with our audience distancing measures. Following trends in theatres across the country, and current infection rates, we feel these are the best measures we have to ensure the safety of our audiences, artists, staff, and volunteers.