I met Katie Deal some years ago when she came to the Springer Opera House to perform in "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline."
She was getting typecast as Cline, but it didn't matter because she was so very good at it.
Besides playing the country music legend, Deal got other roles at the Springer.
It was during "Crazy Love" that she fell in love with Christopher Wright. Now I've known Christopher since he was 15. He was a student at Columbus High School, and he was cast in "Guys & Dolls." It was my third show and he thought I was an expert at applying stage makeup.
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So every night, I helped him with his makeup at the top of the stairs leading into the dressing rooms.
We've been friends since.
So of course, he invited to me to their wedding. They got married on the Springer stage and it was a beautiful wedding.
I met Katie's family, including her father, Nathan, who was a politician. That's about all I knew about him. He's now the governor of Georgia.
Katie's been touring in "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" since January, and the show is booked in the Springer Opera House for a one-nighter at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
So I called her up and caught her while she was taking a break from the tour.
I asked if things have changed for her since her father became governor. She said she's been on the road, so her role as First Daughter has not impacted her life.
She did say relatives she's never met show up at performances.
And people come to the shows, curious to see if the governor's daughter can actually sing.
Every show has sold out, and I expect the Tuesday show here will, too.
Tickets are $35.