Cheryl Allison returns as “Vi Petty”

Cheryl Allison returns as “Vi Petty” image

Cheryl Allison returns to the stage at Casa Mañana to play Vi Petty in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. 

Born at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth and raised in Dallas, Cheryl is certainly close to home for this run. She gives credit to her parents for her love of performing, who were both music majors in college. Her mother was a music teacher and her father was a minister of music for many years. “Music, theatre and the arts were a part of my growing up. They would take me to the Dallas Summer Musicals, and I would dream of being up there on the stage.” 

Cheryl’s big break was being cast in the original production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, in New York City. “I toured in the Broadway Production for a year. That is the show that got me my Equity card so it’s incredibly sentimental to me. This will be my third time to play Vi Petty in Buddy! I’ve been playing her since the early 90s.” 

Cheryl Allison (left), Andy Christopher (center) and Benjamin Brown (right)
Photo Credit: Curtis Brown Photography

Thrilled to be on stage to share the birth of rock n’ roll, Cheryl shares this about her favorite music genre, “Classic rock is my absolute favorite and specifically artists like Elton John, Janis Joplin, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chicago, The Doors. My Aunt introduced me to all these great bands when I was like 5 years old and I’ve been rockin‘ out ever since. I would have given anything to have been at Woodstock, but I was three years old! 

When asked if she relates to her character, Vi Petty, Cheryl says, yes. “She was a head of her time in the 1950s. She wasn’t just a housewife. She could play the piano like Jerry Lee Lewis and played on many of Buddy’s albums, including the celeste on Everyday.’ She was opinionated and a strong personality. I got to meet Vi Petty when I was on tour with the show and she was older at the time, but still feisty and could still play the heck out of the piano.” 

To prepare for each show, Cheryl always drinks Throat Coat tea. It’s almost a superstition now. She also likes to get to the theatre before half hour, so she doesn’t feel rushed and has time to settle in. 

This will be Cheryl’s 9th show at Casa. Some of her previous roles include, “Tanya” in Mamma Mia!, “Madame Thenardier” in Les Miserables, “Truvy” in Steel Magnolias, “Ursula” in The Little Mermaid, “Wicked Witch” in The Wizard of Oz and “Sister Margaretta” in The Sound of Music. On her return to the Dome she adds, “I consider Casa my Dome away from home! It’s such a family feel and every time I am in a show here I feel like I am coming home.” 

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