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The Louisiana Hayride Show


Friday, March 31 - 7:30pm

Do you remember Hank Williams? Roy Orbison? Patsy Cline? Did you ever see them in concert? Well, you can now! A unique show, known as the Louisiana Hayride, based on the historical radio show where these artists (and many more) performed, is coming to the Centennial Auditorium. You will have the opportunity to attend a magical evening of entertainment where you'll believe you really are at a concert featuring these superstars, enjoying their wonderful music from years gone by. The talented singers and musicians of the Louisiana Hayride Show recreate these iconic artists and you'll see and hear Hank Williams singing Your Cheatin Heart and Roy Orbison shows up with Crying and Pretty Woman. Patsy Cline will send shivers up your spine when she sings Sweet Dreams (and more) and you'll be completely entertained by Willie Nelson's visit! Another audience favorite is Loretta Lynn singing her signature song Coal Miner's Daughter!

Many of these iconic artists have had a great influence on current singers and to add even more variety to the show you will be entertained by Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, as they make the connection between 'old' and 'new' country music!

Show creators, Lori and Gil Risling, have been touring this successful production, now in its 8th year, across western Canada to rave reviews. Shows have been selling out and people are attending over and over again! Says Gil Risling, "The music in this show will bring back memories from a bygone era. This is music the audience remembers, either first hand, or in many cases, it's music they remember their parents or grandparents playing. Music that's no longer easily accessible."

Interspersed throughout the show will be little bits of trivia about the artists the group portrays. That, Lori says, "has long been an audience favourite. They love hearing the history. A lot of it is quite surprising to them!"

The cast of multi-talented musicians includes Gil Risling on electric and acoustic guitar, and amazing vocals when in character as Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison. Andrea Anderson is second to none in her portrayal of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Her newest character, Shania Twain will absolutely delight you! William Brookfield is amazing on double keyboard, guitar and vocals. You'll be amazed with his stellar recreation of songs by Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Conway Twitty. Mike Melnichuk adds stand-up bass, electric guitar and incredibly smooth vocals when he treats the audience to songs by classic country legends such as Ray Price and Faron Young. Troy Wakelin is extraordinary as Garth Brooks and shows his true excellence when performing 2 original songs.

The cast and crew of the Louisiana Hayride is dedicated to bringing authentic music to you. The songs you hear will be true to the originals. You will be transported back to a time when music was meaningful, words were understood and the sound was pleasant.

Enjoy this ride down memory lane while you listen to the incredible music from the era of the Louisiana Hayride.

Tickets: $45.00

Price includes taxes and service charge.

Tickets available at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium Box Office, or by calling 728-9510


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