Rod Allen Payne & Kim Hill Dewitt “The Music of Patsy Cline” @ Dixie Center for the Arts
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm

Sponsored by Kilpatrick Funeral Homes /Pam Lavender.

Patsy Cline, born Virginia Patterson Hensley, was a famous American country singer with an iconic Nashville sound. She was known for her rich and booming, emotionally charged voice that could give anyone goosebumps. She did not become a country music star in a day- she had to, in fact, work very hard to sustain her life and support her family members as she came from a middle-class background. Her love for singing was so huge that she taught music to herself by experience. After getting some popularity through sporadic performances on the local radio channels, Cline signed contracts with record companies and found her way to the heart of country and pop music lovers through television, radio and stage shows. She was the first female country singer to have a crossover pop hit but unfortunately, at the height of her singing career, Cline died in a tragic plane crash. Millions of records were sold after her death and she became the first female solo artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Honoring the life and talents of Patsy are Rod Allen Payne and Kim Hill De Witt.

Rod Allen Payne is, without question, this area’s most visible musician. His command of many different styles of music has kept him busy at the piano and keyboard for more than 40 years. He has performed for hundreds of corporate events, wedding receptions, dances, and social affairs. In addition to performing, Rod has written jingles and theme songs. His long list includes the National Organization of Women, Lady Techsters, National Teenager Pageant, First National Bank, Scott Truck and Tractor and many more. When asked if it’s time to slow down his schedule, his answer is “No, there’s so much more to learn and enjoy with music.” He says playing with outstanding musicians and singers like Lawrence Gibbs, Lisa Spann, and others.

Kim Hill De Witt has been singing since she was a young child, spending most of her life in Monroe, Louisiana. She is a registered nurse and manager of an outpatient clinic in Katy, Texas. Kim and Rod Allen Payne have been performing together for more than 35 years. She starred in “Always Patsy Cline” in Monroe’s Little Theater, and has sung in numerous bands. Kim has sung many solos in churches in Monroe, and Houston and Galveston, Texas. She and her husband Ron have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, which she loves spending weekends with. Kim currently sings for Energy City Big Band in Houston, Texas.

RCT Presents: Witness for the Prosecution @ Dixie Center for the Arts
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm

March 21-24, 2019

Director: Satish Bharadvaj

Sponsor: Dianne Douglas & Saul Zalesch

Leonard Vole stands accused of murdering a rich widow. The stakes are high with shocking witness testimony, impassioned outbursts from the dock and a young man’s fight to escape the hangman’s noose. Generally regarded as one of Christie’s most accomplished plays, this suspenseful thriller keeps audiences guessing until the very end.

“Lisa Spann & Company” @ Dixie Center for the Arts
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm

Sponsored by Randy Graham & Joe Newton of The Lincoln Agency, LLC

Lisa and her Band will do a variety of music from years gone by including blues and ballads.

RCT Presents: The Music Man @ Dixie Center for the Arts
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm

JULY 18-21, 2019

Directed by: Dee Alexander

Sponsor: The Chumley Family

Original Broadway Version (1957)

There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian.

STORY: The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Member Redeem Pass: 6/27/2019  Public Tickets on sale: 7/4/2019