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LMHS Drama to present 'Sleepy Hollow' Oct. 27, 29, 30

Posted on: October 18, 2016

The leaves are turning, the weather has cooled and a young person's fancy turns . . . spookiness!

Just in time for Halloween, the Little Miami High School Drama Department has just the thing -- a presentation of "The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow,” on Thursday, Oct. 27, Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30.

What can you expect at this production? We sat down with director Ken Lydy to find out:

Why did you choose this particular production?
The students were asking to do something a more, in their words, “dramatic.” They weren’t interested in doing a straight comedy. Still being new to the district and building a theatre program, we started looking for shows that would fill the student’s need for drama, but also have a recognizable name for audience members as well. We also needed to take into consideration cast size. We like to have as many students involved as we can. Once we realized the performance dates for this show a lightbulb went off. What better way to bring in the Halloween season than with a famous Halloween production.

Give us a brief synopsis of the story.
"The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow" is Tony "Sparx" Palermo's faithful, yet imaginative reworking of Washington Irving's classic tale of Americana. While Irving's original short-story is long on description and bereft of dialogue, this adaptation takes each scene from Irving and dramatizes it. This script is true to Washington Irving's 1789 language and theme. It tells the story of a Ichabod Crane, a new school master, who comes to Sleepy Hollow to educate the young school children. But in fact, it is he who is educated about the many mysteries and stories that lie deep within the town and its inhabitants. 

Who is the cast for this production?
Matthew Battenfield (The Headless Horseman), Tadeo Palafox (Ichabod Crane), Matthew Perelman (Baltus Van Tassel), Taylor Yaeck (Sofie Van Tassel), Erica Kerman (Katrina Van Tassel) and 37 other LMHS students. Come out and see them put on a great show! 

This is a spooky sort of play. Without giving too much away, what sort of surprises might audiences be in for?
Even though it is a spooky, mysterious play…be ready to laugh as well. There is still plenty of humor. 

This will be your third production at Little Miami. How has the response been to this fall play versus the fall play last year?
I think the response to this play is a lot better than last fall. Last fall’s production of Bad Auditions by Bad Actors was a unique comedy, with a title no one really knew. Being the new kids on the block sort of speak, I am not sure what people were expecting to see from us. However the kids did a wonderful job and we were very proud of the hard work they put in.  The fall production this year is a well-known title and a very popular story, especially for the time of year we are performing. It has been retold several times, including a feature film, Disney cartoon short, and a unique TV mini-series. A lot of people are intrigued and a bit anxious to see this story come alive on stage.  

What else would you like to tell us?
This show has a lot of technical elements to it. It involves a great deal of sound effects, music, lighting, and more. Our stage crew is going to be just as busy, if not more than the actors on stage.  

Show times are Thursday, Oct. 27 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, Oct. 29 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 30 (2 p.m.) Tickets are $8 in advance and at the door.