And So It Begins!

Hello, friends! Welcome to the blog for Greyfell Theatre Company, a non-profit, start-up theatre in Door County, Wisconsin. On December 2, 2013, a group of Lawrence University Theatre and Economics students gathered with three professors to undertake a great endeavor. Throughout the course of the next two weeks, these students will start their own theatre company, write ten-minute plays, rehearse these plays, and perform a ten-minute play festival. Before we begin with the series of posts letting you all know how things are doing, we'd like to let you know how we decided on the name Greyfell Theatre and the significance that it holds. After a mini crisis in which we discovered our former name to be previously taken by another nearby theatre company, we went back to the drawing board to find an even better name. 

After some discussion, it was agreed that the name should have some relation to Bjorklunden, the university's northern campus where the theatre company will host its shows. The theatre derives its name from Greyfell, the swift shining horse of the Norse hero, Sigurd, whose image is immortalized in Bjorklunden's Great Hall (pictured below). Just as Greyfell was a symbol of vitality, Greyfell Theatre Company strives to invigorate the Door County community and illuminate new voices by building on the tradition that the Department of Theatre Arts has cherished since 1930.

This painting of Greyfell, found on a wall at Bjorklunden, served as the inspiration for the name.

This painting of Greyfell, found on a wall at Bjorklunden, served as the inspiration for the name.

Work began right away.  Playwriting began last night and first drafts will be completed in just a matter of hours.  We have had an acting workshop to get everybody on the same page when it comes to performance.  And we have started working on marketing and outreach!  This morning, everyone divided into groups to conquer all of the many activities we have to do.  Groups created a Facebook page, a Twitter, a YouTube account, a Vine, this website, and this blog!  Links to all of these pages will be available here on the website!  We will be updating everything regularly so make sure to keep an eye on things!  We promise to be entertaining!

Students working with Professor Vaughan on marketing strategies.

Students working with Professor Vaughan on marketing strategies.

Writing our mission statement!

Writing our mission statement!

Applying for a grant.

Applying for a grant.