North Adams Transcript

NORTH ADAMS — A North Bennington, Vt. woman, who was collaborating on the music for the upcoming production of “Twelth Night” at Main Street Stage was killed in a motor vehicle accident last Thursday. She was remembered as having a “killer voice” and as a “force to be reckoned with” by castmates on Monday.

Ellen D. Bindman-Hicks, 17, a recent graduate of the Long Trail School in Dorset, Vt., was pronounced dead at Rutland Regional Medical Center following a motor vehicle crash on Route 30 Thursday in Pawlet, Vt.

According to the Bennington Banner, police said her vehicle, a 1994 Volvo 944, was traveling south when it crossed into the northbound lane and struck a 2008 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck driven by 43-year-old Jon A. Grimes of Brandon. Police said it was raining at the time of the accident, which remains under investigation.

Twelth Night director, Melissa Quirk, recalled Bindman-Hicks as someone who showed up to the Main Street Stage’s May casting call as “ready to rock’n roll.”

“She was too young looking for a major role in our cast, but we knew that we wanted to have her in the cast,” Quirk said. “She had great instinct. We were just getting to know her, but she was one of those people whom we wanted to have a relationship with.”

Bindman-Hicks was cast as part of a musical posse that travels throughout the play and was tapped by the group to help write an original score.

“She was working with myself and another cast member on the musical score,” Alexia Trova Trainor, executive director of Main Street Stage, said. “It’s so sad. We were just getting to know her. It’s kind of shocking and unfathomable.”

Quirk said the group learned just how talented Bindman-Hicks was at her funeral services on Sunday.

“She had cut a couple of CDs and the music was playing at her tear-jerking ceremony,” Quirk said. “She was also a visual artist. We knew that she had a killer voice. In hindsight, we found out just how talented she was. She was one of those people whose talent had just started to be tapped.”

Bindman-Hicks had also performed locally with the Oldcastle Theater Company in Bennington.

Quirk said the theater company intends to dedicate its production of Twelth Night, which opens at the end of July, to Bindman-Hicks’ memory.

“We’re also hoping to use some of her music, with her family’s permission, in the show,” she said. “We still want Ellen to have a part in the production.”