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A new spin on a classic: 'Sleepy Hollow' comes to the Boro


October 09, 2017

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The Statesboro Youth Theater brings Washington Irving’s spooky classic “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” to the Whitaker Back Box Theater Oct. 12-14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.

Dramatized by Kathryn Schultz Miller, the storybook tale follows the greedy, awkward schoolteacher Ichabod Crane. Despite being especially fascinated by ghost stories and witches, Ichabod lectures about illogical superstition, but it immediately becomes apparent that superstition rules the life of Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod is never safe from the whispers of fear which pursue him; though the fears seem fanciful and the fun intentional, their effect on Ichabod is, ultimately, devastatingly real as he eventually comes to face to face with Sleepy Hollow’s most infamous ghost, the Headless Horseman.

Although the play is originally set in a small Dutch settlement in the 1700s, Statesboro Youth Theater Director Bethany DeZelle decided to take a different approach for her student. Inspired by the remake of “IT” and the television series “Stranger Things,” DeZelle and her creative team reimagined Irving’s traditional tale as a 1985 horror film, bringing a fresh take on a classic story.

“The vision for the show was born out of a necessity to produce something for Halloween that wasn't stuffy or uninteresting,” she said. “Putting these characters in a completely different time period allows the cast to really challenge themselves in the way they deliver their lines and portray their characters. This is ‘Sleepy Hollow’ like you've never seen it.”

Several local students help to bring this American, Halloween classic to life, including homeschool student Zac Davis as “Ichabod Crane” and Metter High School’s Grace Ann Jarrell as “Katrina Van Tassel." Additionally, Bulloch Academy’s Edward Preble plays the neighborhood hero “Brom Bones,” Statesboro STEAM student Kian DeVine portrays “Washington,” and Statesboro High’s Ernesto Molina performs as “Irving.”

Statesboro local and Emma Kelly veteran John Marsh – whom recently performed in the Averitt Center’s production of “Guys and Dolls” as Nathan Detroit – is cast as the infamous “Headless Horseman.”

“Bringing a story to life onstage is not easy,” DeZelle said. “I feel lucky because the entire cast brings such great energy and enthusiasm for this show to every single rehearsal, which makes the creative process very easy.”

Tickets are $10 ($12 non-members), and $8 for youth. Show appropriate for ages five and up. To reserve your ticket please call the Averitt Center for the Arts at (912) 212-2787 during box office hours or purchase online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org. Box office hours are Tuesday – Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m.Show sponsored by The Mock Law Firm and Ogeechee Technical College.


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