The result is a fascinating hybrid, a "tour" of the historic Grant-Humphreys Mansion led by four Victorian grande dames stoked with lore. As viewers follow the women from room to room, they'll be treated to site-specific "scenes" or performances popping up like dreams among the formal surroundings -- a bear eating dinner with a Victorian woman in the dining room, a nanny singing the kids to sleep in the nursery. There's even a bowling sequence in the basement, Reshotko says: "Grant built a bowling alley down there, and Humphreys later turned it into a shooting gallery. There are ten pins and a bowler, and you get a sense of people falling in slow motion, but the score has a sound like gunshots in the background. There's a double entendre in there -- it's beautiful to watch, although it's also kind of chilling."
"The real challenge was in taking on a kind of project that no one in the company had ever undertaken before," Reshotko continues. "There's a lot of talent in the collaboration, and also a lot of excitement." And it's been downright fun, she adds, to watch her own company dance to someone else's muse. "It gave me an opportunity to experience someone else's vision and process -- an opportunity for me to grow."
But more important, she says, it also gave the community an opportunity to grow -- and that's a goal everyone can agree on.