Hydock to tell “Audrey Williams story” at We Piddle Around

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, September 4, 2019

“The Audrey Williams Story” featuring nationally acclaimed story performer Dolores Hydock is coming back to the We Piddle Around Theater by popular demand for one night only, Saturday, October 12.

Tickets are $25 and include the pre-show with Nashville singer, songwriter Bobby Tomberlin, a barbecue supper and Hydock’s original story of Pike County native Audrey Sheppard Williams. Tickets are available by calling 334-685-5524.

“The Audrey Williams Story” opened at the We Piddle Around Theater in February as an Alabama Bicentennial event and has played at other venues around the state. Hydock has received high acclaim for the very personal story that reveals another side of Audrey Williams.

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“Audrey Sheppard walked away from the red clay fields of Pike County and became half of one of the most famous couples in country music history when she married Hank Williams,” Hydock said. “Audrey’s life, like her story, is a controversial one.”

The spotlight was not always kind to the young woman from rural Pike County. Harsh, at times.

“But, are there really two sides to every story, even hers?”

Hydock’s new story allows the audience to decide which side of Audrey Sheppard Williams’ story they believe to be true.

Mernette Bray, a member of the sponsoring Brundidge Historical Society’s storytelling committee, said she has seen Hydock’s performance of “The Audrey Williams Story” three times and was equally captivated each time.

“I heard the story for the first time at the We Piddle Around Theater,” Bray said. “I didn’t really know what to expect but Dolores Hydock told both sides of Audrey’s story and left it up to the audience to decide which story was the true story. There was no doubt left in my mind.”

Bray was in the audience when Hydock told Audrey Williams’ story at the Shoals Storytelling Festival in Florence in the spring.

“The standing ovation for Dolores, and maybe Audrey, too, was spontaneous,” Bray said. “The comments as everyone was leaving the theater were very positive. Because Audrey Sheppard was from Pike County, we have a special interest in her story but the people in Florence were anxious to hear Audrey’s story, too. Dolores Hydock told Audrey’s story in a heartfelt way. She makes Audrey Williams real. We are looking forward to having Dolores Hydock back at the We Piddle Around Theater to tell the story of Audrey Sheppard Williams.”