Grey Gardens opens!

Tonight was opening night for Grey Gardens! Our cast, crew, and orchestra did an amazing job. Heritage High school has truly provided us with an amazing space and an incredible group of students to partner with on this show.

Another wonderful thing is the article Casey Gillis wrote for Lynchburg’s newspaper, The News & Advance. Check out the link below to read it. Casey really captured the story perfectly.

CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE IN THE NEWS & ADVANCE

Check back for more updates on the performances. Just in case you have purchased your tickets, click HERE to do so! The rest of the performance dates are July 9, 1o, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 pm and July 18 at 6:00 pm.

We can’t wait to give you the inside view of GREY GARDENS!!

Published in: on July 9, 2010 at 5:29 am  Leave a Comment  

“No, I’m not ready; I have no makeup on… but things are getting better!”- Little Edie

GREY GARDENS opens in 2 weeks! T-shirts, posters, and programs are being tweaked and the set is starting to look less like a set. Like the Edie’s would say, it’s all truly marvelous.

Also, the official Wolfbane website has been updated here, so check it out!

Soon enough the wait will be over. Lynchburg audiences will finally be able to escape from reality by “ENTERING GREY GARDENS”. You know, because “Entering Grey Gardens” is a song from the musical? Oh, you don’t? WELL COME SEE THE SHOW TO HEAR IT!!!

To purchase tickets just click HERE!

Published in: on June 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Big Edie Photoshoot!

Hello GGer’s!!

Check out the most recent video of Big Edie’s photoshoot! A BIG THANK YOU to ANDREW WILDS for his lovely photography and TROY DEACON for donating the chair and frame!

Published in: on June 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Grey Gardens VLOG!

Hello lovers of Wolfbane!

For Grey Gardens (or as I like to call it, GG), we’re taking lots of little videos to give our supporters a look behind-the-scenes. Rehearsals have been going so well! We have a truly wonderful cast! In the words of Big Edie, the show is going to be “simply marvelous!”

We’re working on a video complied of all the clips from the Big Edie portrait photo shoot we had last Saturday. Andrew Wilds was the photographer and he did such an amazing job!

ENJOY THE VIDEO! More to come soon!

-Sarah

Published in: on June 10, 2010 at 1:26 am  Leave a Comment  

First Rehearsal for GREY GARDENS

Posted below are some of the pictures from the first rehearsal & read-through for GREY GARDENS!  To see more pictures and videos, check out the WOLFBANE PRODUCTIONS Facebook page.

The cast of GREY GARDENS with director, Dustin Williams

The Edie's, played by Kathy Clay & Sarah Hoffman

Tim Osgood (George Gould Strong) at the read-through

Kathy (Big Edie), director Dustin, and Sarah (Little Edie) pose together at the first rehearsal

Published in: on June 5, 2010 at 6:34 am  Leave a Comment  

ENTERING GREY GARDENS…

Below is a clip of the story Court TV did about the real Grey Gardens. Check it out to see how this true story inspired the musical adaptation!

Published in: on May 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

GREY GARDENS

Hello, Wolfbane WordPress followers!!

Below you’ll see Dustin Williams, director for Wolfbane’s upcoming production of Grey Gardens, and Tim Osgood (who is playing George Gould Strong) completing the last bits of strike for The Last Five Years. What a special way to end our season’s first production, having some of the Grey Gardens’ cast and crew help out!

And now, on the behalf of Wolfbane, I invite you to follow us as we step into the worlds of Edith “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale in the Tony-Award-winning musical GREY GARDENS!


The show will run in July 2010. Please Check back for updates on the production and event information! Until then, enjoy one of the many memorable quotes from the original Grey Gardens documentary…

Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale: You can’t have your cake and eat it, too in life.
Edith “Big Edie” Ewing Bouvier Beale: Oh, yes, I did. I did, I had my cake, loved it, masticated it, chewed it and had everything I wanted.

Published in: on May 25, 2010 at 4:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Goodbye Until Tomorrow

This is a little over due but I just couldn’t bring myself to write it sooner.

The Final Shot

The Final Shot

On May 8th, 2010… The Last Five Years finished it’s 2 week run. It’s still kind of hard to accept just because I was engulfed by it. Every aspect of this show, I was completely involved in and now it’s done and I’m left with the typical feelings of “now what do I do?” To wrap up this show’s experience…one word: Solid. Probably wasn’t what you were expecting but I feel it describes the show so well given the circumstances.

"I'm never worried to walk the wire"

"I'm apart of that........aren't I?"

"I do"

We faced a lot with this production, a two person musical! I mean, come on… that’s a lot of weight to throw on two actors… and this music is NOT easy. Our pit was larger than the cast. However, the cast, the crew and the pit, as most would probably agree, were absolutely phenomenal. I can’t thank you enough Mary ‘Meme’ Hussey, Dustin Williams, Heather Bales, Wes Ballard, Debbie Rush, Steve Howard, Tim Ecchols, Jeremy Peyton Bryant and Julie Austin-Witcher.

Cast, crew, pit (minus Steve Howard+Tim Ecchols)

Closing Night Cast and Pit(minus crew and Tim Ecchols+Steve Howard)

We also faced trials and tribulations with the set. We made it work though with a few changes here and there. I ended up very happy with our design, the lighting… and Renaissance Theatre could not have been better to work with. They were open and willing to do anything we needed for this particular show. Pam, Tom and Mike… thank you. We also had help in our construction with the likes of Jared Mink, Tim Osgood(gorgeous painting on the clock), Dustin Williams, Jon Robertson(always there for the helping hand) and of course our go to man for just about anything, Gene Williams. I can’t go any further without thanking the production staff. Carolyn Wagner, the poster was incredible,  Johnny for his efforts towards our website and other production material(thanks for the last minute adjustments), all the ushers, Jon Robertson(again, there for anything), our box office manager Sarah Shutt, our team mom who can do ANYTHING Mrs. Wanda Williams and of course our producer and Artistic Director, Dustin Williams. Without you all… obviously I would have gone nuts.

Pre Show

I’d also like to thank you, the reader… our friends, our supporters, our loved ones and the people who just partake as audience members… theatre doesn’t happen without people like you. I also wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t pay respect and honor a man we lost during the process, Mr. Barry Hussey. We lost Barry the weekend we were supposed to open and we couldn’t thank you all enough for staying with us, supporting the show with all the changes. Meme’s father probably would have wanted us to continue that weekend and have his daughter perform at her best but alas, we changed the dates and everyone was very gracious and supportive to Meme and her family. Thank you.

One show closes… and a SEASON BEGINS! Sure Last Five Years has closed but right now Grey Gardens, the only musical in the world based off a documentary, is up and running. Dustin is at the helm for this one, Sarah Shutt is stage managing and let me tell you, they are flying! This show is going to be incredible… and it’s based off of reality. The show is the true story of Jackie Onassis’ aunt and cousin, two debutantes in our society store themselves away in a mansion in the East Hamptons called Grey Gardens and live as hermits. The musical is based on the documentary by the same name and follows Edith “Big Edie” Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale in their home, their daily routine and their lifestyle. Considered outcasts by most to society but now have been seen as visionaries. Show dates will be in July so keep posted for the location and dates!

Also this summer, look out for productions such as Laramie Project and the musical Bare: A Pop Opera. Keep checking back periodically because we have a lot of plans and ideas for this summer! Get stoked, because we are.

-A humble director

Aaron Farr, Wolfbane Production Coordinator

Published in: on May 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

LAST FIVE YEARS NOTICE!

We regret to inform you that due to a death in the family, this weekends performances have MOVED! Now The Last Five Years show dates are as follows: April 29, 30 May 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 PM except for May 2nd which will be a 3 PM matinee. If you have purchased tickets, we will contact you to arrange rescheduling and/or refunds. If you have volunteered to help this weekend, please let us know if you can help with any of the other show dates. Feel free to e-mail Aaron at h.aaron.farr@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to volunteer for our production. If you’re interested in volunteering, we need ushers for the new weekend of performances. Thank you all for understanding and support. SPREAD THE WORD about the changes!

-Wolfbane Family

Published in: on April 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Update from inside the Theater

Thought I’d give you an update from my current home, Renaissance Theatre. I didn’t take any before shots, just during shots so you can’t tell how much work has been put into the show but I promise, it’s A LOT! Shout out to Renaissance Theatre for getting the space ready and hanging our light plot. Also like to give props to Gene Williams [Dustin’s daddy], Dustin and Jared Mink for their help with the set. Check out the progress below… more pics to come.

End of the day Sat.

Sunday morning, Lots left to do

The Giant clock...

The giant clock will up being suspended in the air, the large clock on the floor plays into the set pieces and I can’t wait for you all to see it all in action during the show! Get HERE! Once again, tickets are available at www.lynchburgtickets.com/lastfiveyears

We got the bassists in on the music yesterday and completed our pit with Heather Bales on keyboard, Debbie Rush on the secondary keyboard, Wes Ballard on acoustic guitar with Steve Howard and Tim Echols on bass for the show.

Everything is coming together and it looks like we’ll have it all done for you all Thursday night!

Published in: on April 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm  Leave a Comment