ICHABOD CRANE: (M, 126 lines)
Lanky, pompous schoolmaster from Connecticut.
KATRINA: (F, 50 lines)
Coy young charmer, the subject of
Ichabod's and Brom's adoring affection.
BROM BONES: (M, 66 lines)
Ichabod's roaring, roistering rival.
WASHINGTON: (M, 28 lines)
IRVING: (M, 28 lines) Storyteller.
EMILY: (F, 35 lines) Storyteller.
CHARLOTTE: (F, 35 lines) Storyteller.
GILES: (M, 26 lines) Storyteller.
FRAN: (F, 25 lines) Storyteller.
VAN TASSEL: (M, 10 lines)
CLAUS: (M, 10 lines)
Sleepy Hollow Boy, Van Tassel's friend.
SEBASTIAN: (M, 4 lines)
Sleepy Hollow Boy, Brom's gang.
ULRICH: (M, 5 lines) Sleepy
Hollow Boy, Brom's gang.
NATHAN: (M, 5 lines)
Sleepy Hollow Boy, Brom's gang.
PETER: (M, 2 lines) Schoolboy.
JUDITH: (F, 8 lines) Schoolgirl.
HANSEL: (M, 5 lines) Schoolboy.
SADIE: (F, 4 lines) Schoolgirl.
WILHEMINA: (F, 14 lines) Tea Lady.
GRETA: (F, 13 lines)
VAN RIPPER: (M, 7 lines)
Horse Gunpowder's owner.
HEADLESS HORSEMAN: (M, 1 line,
lots of action)
Brom in disguise; may be played by
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WASHINGTON: Along about
midnight, after the ladies had retired, the men folk gathered...
IRVING: ...as was their custom...
EMILY: ...around the
fire to tell tales of ghosts and strange sights...
CHARLOTTE: ...as the
neighborhood is rich in legendary treasures of the kind.
(ICHABOD gathers, as if by
a fire, warming his hands. He may be eating, but he obviously drinks
in all BROM says. STORYTELLERS circle him when the speak as the
SLEEPY HOLLOW BOYS did earlier.)
GILES: Many dismal
tales were told about...
FRAN: ...funeral trains...
WASHINGTON: ...MOURNING CRIES...
...and wailing were heard from the soul of Major André who
haunts the place.
ICHABOD: Major André?
There was also the story of...
BROM: (Moving in on ICHABOD.)
...the woman in white... she was often heard to shriek on winter
nights before a storm, having died there in the snow.
ICHABOD: In... in the snow?
(BROM puts tablecloth on
his head and shrieks -- scaring the daylights out of ICHABOD.)
BROM: (Getting cozy,
sitting beside ICHABOD.) And then theres my favorite story,
Ichabod. The one about the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Some
of the folk around here say he was a German trouper. They say that
during the Revolutionary War his head was carried off by a
uses a jack-o-lantern to represent the head and thrusts it toward
BROM: They say he rides
at night as if on the wings of the wind. He rides back to the
battlefield. (He brings the jack-o-lantern close to ICHABOD.)
Guess whats his favorite spot for haunting?
Im... sure I couldnt say.
BROM: Remember the
bridge, school teach? The church bridge?
BROM: Did you notice
anything special about that covered bridge?
ICHABOD: It seemed...
BROM: Somewhat... what?
ICHABOD: Well... just a
ICHABOD: And frightening.
Haunted! It seemed haunted!
BROM: (Smiling with satisfaction.)
The church bridge is one of his favorite haunts, school teach.
Youll have to be careful going home tonight, Ichabod. Halloween
is his favorite time of year. But dont worry. Everyone knows
once you cross the bridge, youre safe.
ICHABOD: (Cautiously relieved.) S-s-safe?
BROM: If you get across
it before you meet the Headless Horseman. Good luck, Ichabod. (He
leaves, exiting, laughing maniacally.)
(CHARLOTTE enters and
CHARLOTTE: With a heavy
heart and a worried soul Ichabod roused Gunpowder...
(ICHABOD gets on "horse".)
ICHABOD: Come on, boy.
ICHABOD the reins/bucket rope handle.) ...and set out for home.
(OTHER STORYTELLERS enter,
turn all the trees back to original positions, leaving the stark
black silhouettes. Throughout the scene, they will perform the
necessary sounds, trees, horses, etc., while using the cymbal for emphasis.)
GILES: All the stories
of ghosts and goblins now came crowding into his mind.
ICHABOD: Major André...
The night drew darker and darker.
ICHABOD: The woman in white!
The stars seemed to sink deeper in the sky. (Music becomes more ominous.)
H-h-h-headless... (Cant say it, gulps.) Horse...
horseman. Oooh... Come on, Gunpowder. Come on, boy. (Gunpowder
does not respond but continues in a plodding, rhythmic jaunt.)
IRVING: Soon he came
upon the very spot where Major André was taken prisoner...
EMILY: ...a tree that
had since been named, Andres Tree.
tree to center of playing area, whispering.) Ich-a-bod! Ich-a-bod!
falls to his knees, pleading with the tree.) Major André? M-m-major...
Major... I wish you no harm, sir, or ghost... uh... spirit. Please
rest in peace, I only want to pass by. I do not wish to disturb
your... uh... slumber, sir... uh... ghost-sir.
(CHARLOTTE tips Andre's
Tree so that it leans over ICHABOD'S head. He looks up, cries out!)
ICHABOD: (Leaps back
onto Gunpowder, closes his eye and prays.) Oh, please let me
pass, oh please let me pass, oh...
(STORYTELLERS swirl trees
swirl around him, then freeze. ICHABOD opens his eyes.)
There now, see, Gunpowder?
Trees dont move.
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