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Dasher returns to Savannah Theatre stage
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After a successful stint last year as Patsy Cline for the Savannah Theatre, Hannah Dasher will return to the Savannah Theatre stage this weekend. - photo by Photo provided
Country Star Revue
• When: Jan. 22-Feb. 14
• Where: Savannah Theatre
• Tickets: Available at (912) 233-7764

Springfield’s own Hannah Dasher will revive her role as Patsy Cline along with a few others in the Savannah Theatre’s Country Star Revue between Jan. 22 and Feb. 14.

After graduating from the University of Georgia, Dasher signed on as the headliner for the show “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.” The Savannah Theatre was so impressed that they decided to do a country music show and bring Dasher back.

“The show will be a lot of fun,” she said. “My producers’ idea of country music and my idea of country music are totally different. They’re more of a Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift kind of new, hip, fresh country. I’m more of an old school Merle Haggard, Alabama, George Strait kind of country.

“So we met together and found a happy medium. We’re going to try to give the audience a variety of each to kind of show where country was, where it came from, where it’s been,” said Dasher.

The 24-year-old has been singing since she was 4 and started playing piano at 7. In college, she began performing with her guitar and her own music, and those who have heard her call her a “modern Dolly Parton.”

“It flatters me,” she said. “I like to cut up on stage just like she does.”

Last summer, Dasher was working at a small label in Nashville, but they downsized and she moved back home. For now, she is selling boats and four wheelers for Tracker Marine at Bass Pro Shop.

“I’m moving back to Nashville in the spring,” she said. “I’m just trying to follow my dream as a singer-songwriter.”

Audiences at the Country Star Revue will get a taste of Dasher’s original work because in addition to country music legends, she will get to play herself for part of the show. But she is most looking forward to portraying an idol of hers: Dolly Parton.

“Other than my Halloween costume in 1996, I haven’t really impersonated Dolly Parton before. But I love Dolly, from the hair to the bulbous features and her music,” Dasher said. “I mean, she’s got so much personality on stage.”

Along with Dolly and Patsy, Dasher, along with five other vocalists and a live band, will pay tribute to country greats such as Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, as well as newcomers such as Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley.

“I don’t want to say too much and give it away,” she said, “but it’ll be enough variety to represent audiences of all ages.”