Celebrity impersonator brings Patsy Cline to life

Bonnie Kilroe performs during An Evening with Patsy Cline in Nanaimo Friday (Oct. 12).

Bonnie Kilroe likes being a diva.

She impersonates the best of them including Cher, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton and Liza Minnelli.

On Friday (Oct. 12) Kilroe is bringing her act to Harewood Legion for an 8 p.m. show. Her evening performance takes on a country flavour as she presents An Evening with Patsy Cline.

“When I do the full Patsy Cline Tribute I love to bring comedy to my show. I will also deliver the beautiful, vulnerable emotion of her music,” said Kilroe in a press release.

“I make fun of the tragedy of losing love and being heartbroken, but make no mistake, when the songs are sung, the tears will fall,” she said.

Kilroe, who grew up in the Lower Mainland, was so drawn to Cline’s music she used to wear out cassette tapes of the songs.

She started her journey as a celebrity imposter during a contest seeking someone to play the lead role of Cline in an Arts Club production of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.

She didn’t get the role but Kilroe said that was a pivotal moment for her, because after that audition she decided to become a performer.

Kilroe said she created her one-woman show because she grew tired of waiting for the phone to ring when she was trying to attempt a career in film and television.

The performer added to her repertoire of women she becomes on stage over the years.

For the past 14 years she’s been a one-woman show entertaining audiences across the country and in the United States.

“I am part vaudevillian comic, torch singer and sexy siren all packed into a parade  of parody,” said Kilroe, about her shows. “That’s why I am often dubbed as a ‘farce to be reckoned with’.”

Audience members will also meet a surprise guest that will give people a hint at what type of show Kilroe is planning on performing the next time she visits Vancouver Island.

An Evening with Patsy Cline is Friday (Oct. 12) at the Harewood Legion, located at 129 Harewood Rd. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The show is for ages 19 plus.

Tickets are $15, $13 for legion members in advance or $20 at the door.

For more information or tickets please go to www.celebrity-imposters.com or call 250-871-7277.