Hayride rolls in with some Christmas faves

The Louisiana Hayride Christmas Show pulls into Vernon Wednesday with some favourites from Elvis, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and more.

Louisiana performers Patrick Rily as Hank Williams

Louisiana performers Patrick Rily as Hank Williams

The same cast that brought you the Louisiana Hayride, with six sold-out performances in Vernon, is back with A Louisiana Hayride Christmas, which rolls into the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Wednesday.

Narrated, written and created by Lori Risling of Salmon Arm, The Louisiana Hayride Live Radio Show has been touring B.C. and Alberta with three different versions of the show.

After over 68 performances, the new Christmas show is one to please and will feature selected songs from the Louisiana Hayride production, as well as many Christmas favourites.

“The Louisiana Hayride Christmas Stage Show comes complete with the Louisiana Hayride Live Radio Show set, live singers and band and over 30 of the most popular songs from the previous shows,” said Gil Risling, who plays Roy Orbison.

“Audiences will hear Patsy Cline sing Let It Snow; Roy Orbison sing Pretty Paper, and Hank Williams will be there as well. The show will also include such traditional favourites as O Holy Night, Silver Bells, White Christmas and Elvis’ Blue Christmas and many more classic and fun holiday songs.”

The Louisiana Hayride was a live radio show, broadcast over KWKH Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and ran successfully from 1948 to 1960. It was instrumental in establishing the careers of such artists as Williams, Presley and Johnny Cash and because of that, earned the nickname “The Cradle of the Stars.”

Cast members in the show include Patrick Rily as Hank Williams, Andrea Anderson as Patsy Cline, Adam Fitzpatrick as young Elvis, as well as musicians William Brookfield on double keyboard, guitar and vocals, and Mike Melnichuk on stand-up bass, guitar and vocals.

“It’s hard to find this classic music anywhere and it’s really hit home with those who have seen the show. The memories bring laughter, tears and joy,” said Risling.

Wednesday’s Hayride starts at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are at the Ticket Seller, 549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca


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