The Children’s Theatre The Legend of Sleepy HollowBy Laura & Mike Clark • Nov 18th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
The Children’s Theatre
Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington, VA
$10/$8 Seniors and Students
Through November 23rd
This is the Show Biz Radio Review of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, performed by The Children’s Theatre, a division of Encore Stage and Studio, in Arlington, Virginia. We saw the performance on Saturday afternoon, November 15, 2008.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a play with book by Vera Morris. Adapted from Washington Irving’s spooky story, this show is alive with hilarious action and fun. It begins when schoolmaster Ichabod Crane moves to the farming community of Sleepy Hollow, and ends with the question of what happened to Ichabod?
This could have been a scary show. Yet there was enough levity from the script and the actors that the audience of all ages really seemed to enjoy it. There was only one wail of protest heard at the beginning of the second act, but there was a lot of laughing throughout most of the show. Some scenes were dwarfed by the size of the stage. In the town scene, the townspeople all seemed to be on one side of the stage. When Farmer Stuyvesant went to see if Ichabod Crane had arrived he had a lot of walking to do to exit the stage. The schoolroom scene also seemed like there was a lot of unused space.
This was a large cast of twenty four. Ichabod Crane gave a fine performance. He had those quirky mannerisms of always being hungry and flaunting his education, but there was also a darker side to him. As the evening wore on you felt that he was after power and money and would use anything to get it. The object of his affection was the fair Katrina. She was a good match for Ichabod as she, too had a darker side. She was a bit of a flirt and seemed to enjoy leading on both Ichabod and Brom Bones. Brom Bones was an expressive ruffian who loved Katrina and was insanely jealous of Schoolmaster Crane.
The supporting cast also kept in character well and seemed intent on thestory. The ghostly visitors did just as well in keeping their zombie like voices and characteristics believable throughout the performance. The audience appreciated the efforts of the ghosts as they taunted Ichabod.
The sets for the production were well done. The wall of the household during the dinner party was very creative, but we don’t want to spoil the surprise for you. At several points throughout the show the ghosts emerged and gathered around the actors. The actors did a great job of ignoring the spirits and went right on with their lines. The Set Designer was also the show’s director Susan Alison Keady. This is a family friendly show that everyone will like. It is more spooky than scary, but definitely has plenty of lighter moments.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ran about an hour and 45 minutes with one intermission. It is playing for one more weekend. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3 and 7:30 and Sunday matinee at 3:00 pm at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.