Lake Placid Center for the Arts presents Sleepy Hollow

Did the rain or flu limit your ability to enjoy a bit of spooky happenings on Halloween? There is still an opportunity to continue the thrills and chills by seeing this year’s production of Sleepy Hollow, directed by Jessica Deeb.

Based on the classic short story by Washington Irving, this musical pulls from a range of local child actors, ages five to fourteen.

The story of Sleepy Hollow it takes place in 19th Century Dutch settlement of Tarrytown, NY where a gangly superstitious schoolmaster named Ichabod Crane comes to Sleepy Hollow looking for a wealthy wife. He meets Katrina Van Tassel whose brawny jealous boyfriend, Brom Bones, uses local stories to attempt to frighten off his rival. The townspeople further Crane’s fears with stories of the local ghost, the Headless Horseman.

My daughter and I nip into the Lake Placid Center for the Arts for a quick preview. The Headless Horseman is sitting on stage waiting for the dress rehearsal to begin. She makes a beeline for my leg and peers out for a better look. She assures me later that she wasn’t afraid. It’s nice to know she’s just “watching my back.” The play is listed as appropriate for all ages.

The crew bustles around making sure details are set for the final performances. Stage Manager Meadow Hackett herds the ghouls for some last minute instructions. Meadow, a veteran performer, has taken on the role of stage manager for the past three years.

My daughter and I stay just long enough to see homage to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and a bit of the first act. She crawls into my lap so I once again ask her if she is afraid. She turns and looks surprised that I would ask. No, she is just too short to see. We exit quietly knowing we will see the complete performance with the whole family.

Tonight is opening night so enjoy a cauldron of ghosts and apparitions, a dab of jealousy and love and singing to lighten the fare. There is some clever dialog, dancing and some spooky ghouls.

This production of Sleepy Hollow will be held at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts November 5 and 6 at 7:00 p.m. and November 7 at 2:00 p.m. Please call LPCA at 523-2512 for reservations. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students under 18.

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