The story begins last year, when I first saw Endstation’s productions of “The Bluest Water” & “My Brother’s Knife”. During both of these productions, my mind would wander in & out of different musical swells & drones with each plot twist or scene transition. After one of the shows, I struck up a conversation with Geoff about where the different musical pieces & sounds came from for these shows. He gave me the 5 minute “sound design 101” level answers & we both went on our merry ways. Later that summer, some of the Endstation folks caught a Virgineola in-store performance at a local record shop (Speakertree Records on 5th & Madison for all you fact checker types). We performed our usual spirited, yet reserved set of about 40 minutes. (NOTE: Geoff would later tell me that what really wow’d him was the “full” sound created by a mix of acoustic & electric instrumentation.) Geoff picked up a copy of the CD-R demo we were pawning off to fans at the time. It seemed that a combination of those early demos & our live presence brewed into his decision to work with Virgineola. Over the winter months, Geoff & I began to chat over the phone & online about the idea of live music accompanying one of his shows for the 2010 Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival.
As 2010 came to pass, we began to flesh out the vibe of this retelling of “Hamlet”. It would be set in 1864, with the Danish kingdom being retooled as a war town estate in rural
As the final weeks approached, Virgineola, now a solid six piece group featuring members of other
So, there you have it! The score to Endstation’s retelling of “Hamlet” is ready for consumption. It will be it’s own beast; one that I am 110% ready to take head on. The sounds, both from the group & the space itself, will make for a unique & engaging experience to those who spend an evening with it.