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'Patsy' visits the Georgia Mountains Theatre
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Georgia Mountain Players members rehearse a song from their upcoming production "Gospel, Bluegrass and Patsy" at the Georgia Mountains Center Theatre.

‘Gospel, Bluegrass and Patsy'

When: 8 p.m. today-Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgia Mountains Center Theatre, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville
How much: $16 adults, $12 students
More info: 770-534-8420

If you never got to see country music great Patsy Cline in concert — or, can't get enough of her albums — then stop by the Georgia Mountains Theatre starting Thursday evening for a tribute to the famed songstress, along with a selection of gospel and bluegrass favorites, too.

The biennel production of the Georgia Mountain Players' "Gospel, Bluegrass and Patsy" will be sure to get your feet tapping, kicking off with some Patsy Cline favorites, sung by Michelle Martin. Martin has been performing the role of Cline for 11 years, and said when she first landed the role, she dove into research about her character to learn as much as she could.

"I immersed myself because if you're going to sing Patsy Cline, if you're going to sing a legend, you want people walking out going, ‘wow,'" said Martin, daughter of Georgia Mountain Players founding members Mike and Dianne Martin. "When I've got the costume and the makeup on I look enough like her that the image is there, but you really want people to close their eyes and go, ‘Wow, I'm listening to a recording.'"

Martin said she listened to lots of recordings, along with reading numerous biographies and watching movies about her subject.

She first started the role while working as an actress in South Florida, and has reprised Cline's iconic songs in multiple states and, until it closed, at the Black Bear Dinner Theatre in Sautee.

"There was one section of a biography by Loretta Lynn, who Patsy actually took under her wing, and she talked about her hand gestures and about what she did and it was really helpful," Martin said. "So I studied, because I wanted people to walk away going, ‘Wow.'"

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