The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Adapted for the stage by Key Upper School students
December 10 and 11
Appropriate for children in grades four and above.
Tickets are $5 at the door for students and adults.
Warm cider and colonial snacks will be served!
Thoughts and Reflections on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Director Eric Langmeyer
I admire and envy every student who has had the chance to engage with material that is challenging and important. What material has the best roles for them? What roles allow for leadership and allow them to explore their highest potential? What role can they play in the event planning? What roles will welcome and invite all to participate? I've always believed theater at the high school level was for the benefit of the students putting on the show both on stage and behind the scenes―giving them the opportunity to put their imprint on the challenging material, to engage in team-building, to explore the text together, and to experience the thrill and fun of rehearsals.
I am truly excited that we are producing our own version of The Legend Sleepy Hollow. Few stories capture our imagination and are filled with such theatrical spectacle as this American short story! The story is truly a perfect public event and our role is to engage our audience just as the characters do in the story.
Washington Irving writes a about a small village where the town folk gather each night around the fire and tell tales of ghosts, strange sights, and dismal happenings. One story ignites the fire each and every night―the tale of the Headless Horseman.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a classic love story, revenge tale, and chronicle of intrigue all mixed into one. In short, the true tale lies between its main characters. The main character, school master Ichabod Crane, says to himself, “ I profess not to know how women’s hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration…He who wins is indeed a hero.” And thus the stage is set for the play’s romantic frolic. Ichabod Crane, a superstitious outsider, competes with local hero Brom Bones for the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel.
To prepare, the students have been tasked with answering some essential questions: How does the story unfold? Who will win her hand? How will the students envision this frolic? The best way to tell a tale to an audience is to take leaps of imagination. As I have said in rehearsal, “ Falling in love is the easy part; planning a show―yikes!“