June 10, 2008

Association hosts pre-show reception on June 22

by Laura Taylor

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The SIU Alumni Association invites members, friends and family to a pre-show reception at the McLeod Theater on Sunday, June 22.

Back by popular demand, Lori Merrill-Fink reprises her role as the immortal Patsy Cline. A huge hit in the summer of 2000, this intimate musical brings you 23 of Patsy’s hits through the recollections of her dear friend and fan Louise, played by professional actor and SIUC theater faculty, Susan Patrick Benson. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, a fan from Houston who befriended her in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her tragic death in 1963.

You are invited to join the SIU Alumni Association for an hors d'oeuvres reception in the courtyard adjacent to McLeod Theater at 12:30 p.m. You can enjoy stuffed mushrooms, crab and artichoke dip, meatballs, vegetable platter, fruit and cheese platter, water and soda. Common Grounds Coffeehouse in Carbondale will also be providing gourmet coffees.

The musical begins at 2 p.m. at McLeod Theater inside the SIUC Communications Building. Musical tickets are $17.60 per person and reception tickets are $10 per person.

To RSVP for this event, please contact the SIU Alumni Association at 618/453-2408 or visit the association’s offices on the second floor of the SIUC Student Center and Colyer Hall. Please RSVP by June 18.