This year, the Drama Club’s fall production will be The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This will be their fifth play under the direction of Andrew Mielke. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, written by Washington Irving in 1820, is a part of collection of essays and short stories entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. The story is set in a fictional Dutch town named Sleepy Hollow in the late eighteenth century. The town is renowned for its haunting atmosphere and supernatural elements. Interestingly, the town is set near Tarrytown, an actual place in New York, but it wasn’t until 1996 that the location of Sleepy Hollow existed in name. The city of North Tarrytown officially adopted the name in honor of the story. The actual legend of the Headless Horseman has been around for centuries originating from a traditional Dutch ghost story, a story much darker than what you would imagine or be led to believe from the Disney movie adaption. Irving’s version is toned down but follows some of the original horror from the Dutch story. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow tells of the adventures of Ichabod Crane, an intelligent school teacher from Connecticut. The basis of the story follows the quarrels between Ichabod and the town charmer Abraham Van Brunt for the hand of the charming Katrina Van Tassel. But don’t let this fool you, the play presents a spooky and mysterious atmosphere entangled with interactive ghost stories that gives viewers a fright.
The cast has been doing rehearsals every day after school for about four weeks now, working hard to produce an enjoyable play for everyone who comes to see. I had the opportunity to sit down with some members of the cast and ask them some questions. Raina Parsons, a junior and a two year member of the Drama Club, comments that there “hasn’t been a production quite like this” in her high school career. This detail was particularly interesting considering that the esteemed plays the Drama Club has produced have all been pretty unique in the many different elements that they presented. Along with this cast of actors, there are also many people working behind the scenes to create amazingly intricate sets, which the main man, Collin Nelson, reaffirms. Nelson, who portrays Ichabod Crane, believes that one thing that will surprise the audience is the incredible special effects used throughout the play, and says that it would be fair to say this production will be the first show that really utilizes special effects to this degree.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will be one to watch mainly because, as mentioned by the cast, it presents something different and intriguing to the audience. The small but passionate cast is excited to put on the best performance possible to give the audience a memorable experience. The play runs for three days in November on the 15th, 16th, and 17th. They hope to see you all there!