The show goes on for LRP’s ‘Grey Gardens’


Sept. 15, 2018 — Last Resort Players announce the presentation of their November musical, “Grey Gardens.” It is based on the documentary from the 1970s, which follows the precipitous decline of the wealthy and well connected Bouviers, an aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. From their heyday in the Long Island 28-room mansion in the ‘30s to the squalor of a ruin overrun with 50 cats, “Grey Gardens the Musical” deals with a darkly comic mother and daughter duo who develop a psychological dependency which allows them no escape.

Following the death of Leah Goodwin, the director, Last Resort Players have taken steps to move forward with the production in her memory.

“Yes, we want this to happen,” affirmed her mother, Rosie Goodwin. “This is absolutely what Leah would have wanted and what her father and I want to see done.”

Due to the emotional and physical upheaval after Leah’s passing, the production has been scaled down to make “Grey Gardens” a tribute in her memory. The new director, Jason Wood, has been tasked to provide an appropriate staging to accomplish this and provide the cast and crew with the opportunity to carry out a dream long held by Leah.

“Grey Gardens” will be presented from Thursday, Nov. 1, through a Sunday matinee on Nov. 5.

It will be done in concert style on the Florence Events Center flat floor, with the orchestra seated on the platform behind the actors. The production will be memorized and fully costumed, complete with hand props carried by the actors as they move about a more limited space.

In July, Leah and her directing staff of Assistant Director Kathleen Wentzel and Stage Manager Mary Conley, were well into implementing production plans of “Grey Gardens” and Music Director Rhianna Haines was already conducting vocal rehearsals.

The orchestra conductor, Chris Lewis, a teacher at Siuslaw Elementary School, returned to Florence from her summer break to begin work with the musicians in August.

Sheena Moore, a former LRP board member and frequent performer, has joined the music staff as ensemble director.

Tickets will be available at the Florence Events Center Box Office, 715 Quince St., and online at eventcenter.org.

For more information, visit lastresortplayers.com.