It’s that time of year again, when the spooks are about and it’s OK to admit that you are a little scared. So, what better way to start the season off then by attending a performance of the Twin Beach Players’ original production of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? The script was adapted for the TBP by resident playwright, Mark Scharf, who also penned TBP’s production of Frankenstein last year. Pioneer Drama Service recently published Frankenstein and in 2015, Brooklyn Publishers will publish The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
It’s a fun performance. You should check it out.
The play begins with a glimpse of original writer, Washington Irving (Kirk Kugel), who takes us through parts of the play, in eerie narration. This is the tale of town with a ghost story,one of the headless horseman, who travels by night, upon his dark horse to steal the souls of those who are foolish enough to travel alone through the woods of Sleepy Hollow. Enter the new schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane played brilliantly by Justyn Cristofel. He is a nervous, studious, and awkward man, who falls hopelessly in love with the town beauty, Katrina Van Tassell (Brianna Bennett) much to the dismay of her suitor, town brute Abraham “Brom” Van Brunt (Ethan Croll), who decides that the school master needs a bit of a lesson in humility and stops at nothing along with the boys of Sleepy Hollow, to humiliate and scare poor Ichabod.
Tales are told of the headless horseman, causing some frightful journeys through the woods that Ichabod is willing to face to attend a town party he was invited to by the object of his affection, Katrina. The scene where Ichabod finally gets to dance with Katrina is hysterical. The supporting cast is quite notable as each having their own distinct charms and towns person roles. You have the gossips, the trouble makers, the clowns and the bystanders that don’t quite know what to make of this new schoolmaster, nor him of them and their tales.
The costumes by Dawn Dennison were wonderful and the Headless Horseman was worth the wait. The set was basic, which worked well with conveying many settings throughout the performance, even utilizing some cast members as trees. Children were used as forest animals, with a unique opening dance number, led by an adorable sprite (Koral Kent), who chewed up a lot of scenery throughout the play without speaking a word.
Some of the charm of this theatre group is their ability to have wonderful all ages productions with talented local writers, and directors who know how to captivate an audience and have them enjoy another classic tale. Kudos to the entire production staff as it is hard to transform a Boys and Girls Club gym into the town and forest of Sleepy Hollow. But, they did it well. It’s a fun performance. You should check it out. (Approximate running time is 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission.) Also anyone attending in costume receives a free popcorn!
Running Time: 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow runs weekends through November 2 at 9021 Dayton Ave. North Beach, Md. 20714. Tickets are $15, $12 seniors, military, children and TBP members an can be purchased online.