Published: 2:37 pm, Sun. Jul. 1st, 2018Updated: 2:35 pm
National Day of the Cowboy is July 21, and as usual, Bennie’s Western Wear will be sponsoring some great entertainment.
The Artesia Arts Council will be producing its first professional show, Patsy and Friends, at 3 p.m. Saturday July 21. Laurie Schotz, executive director, ran her own company in Indiana, Best Schotz Productions, and with some help from a group of talented singers, musicians, directors and technical folks she calls friends, one heck of a great show about Ms. Patsy Cline was put together.
The artists will include:
• Timm Adams (musical director, keyboards and vocalist) is currently an associate professor of music at Rockford University in Illinois. Schotz met Adams while performing when they were in their 20s. “Who knew so many years later we would be putting on shows together and still involved with the entertainment industry?” said Schotz. Adams has been with the production since its inception in 2011.
• Cheyenne Nelson (Patsy Cline) hails from New York City. She is originally from Jonesboro, Ark., and a musical theatre graduate of Arkansas State University, where she is the number-one Red Wolf football fan! Nelson has performed across the country with Region Theatre. She and Schotz have worked together on many levels but seem to always return to their passion: Cline.
• Michael Clark (steel guitar and lead guitar) joined this group in its second year and has been playing with Nelson and Adams almost every year since. Clark resides in Indianapolis after attending Ball State University, where he received an advertising/commercial art degree. He is a multi-instrumentalist, record producer, studio songwriter, and performer, boasting appearances with Vince Gill, Eddie Money, Herman’s Hermits and John Mellencamp.
• Jay Heare (vocalist and stage manager) was co-owner and biggest cheerleader of Best Schotz Productions. He and Schotz have been family since 2000, when Heare musically directed her first show. Originating from Ohio and moving to Indiana for Taylor University, he resides in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and works at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He fits in being a father, grandfather, husband and choir director (Chain-o-Lakes Barbershop & Festival Choir), and plays piano, flute (Ft. Wayne Flutes) and bells in his free time! Heare is still learning less is more and not everything needs glitter.
• Tayler Gothard (vocalist and featured performer) just graduated with the Artesia High School Class of 2018 and will be heading to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in the fall. “My passion is music and Christ,” Gothard says. “With God’s gift to me, I will be pursuing music ministry to further His Kingdom.” “It is a true blessing to have such a wonderful young adult, just starting off in this career, be able to bring so much to this show. Welcome aboard, Tayler,” said Schotz.
• Lakota Gothard (drummer), Tayler’s older brother, will be rounding out the cast of Patsy and Friends. A recent dad, he is finding time to be with his new daughter, wife and family. He has been playing drums for the Joel Gothard Band since age 8 and is known regionally as one of the area’s best percussionists. “We are excited to be working with these amazing musicians and hope they enjoy this experience, as we are sure to enjoy the new energy they bring to the project,” said Schotz.
This once-in-a-lifetime production of Patsy and Friends will begin at 3 p.m. July 21 at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 show-only, $45 for the show plus dinner. Purchase online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com or call the OPAC box office at 746-4212.