JONESBOROUGH REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS THE
LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, A GREAT HALLOWEEN CLASSIC
Pam Johnson, The Loafer Online
Headless Horseman. Oh, the image that brings to mind: a black
cloaked, horseback riding, headless figure holding a jack o' lantern.
Spooky, classic ghost story material. The perfect thing to see this
Halloween season. The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will
present Washington Irving's well-known speculative fiction, The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow, for three weekends, October
perfect thing to see this Halloween season."
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, GA
in the 1790s in the fictional settlement of Tarry Town, the legend
says that Major Andre, a Hessian soldier who was beheaded by a stray
cannonball during the Revolutionary War, haunts the roads of the area
in search of his head. As Irving puts it, "The ghost rides forth
to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head."
there's a lot more to the story than a Headless Horseman. Meet
Ichabod Crane, the nervous, superstitious new schoolmaster of Tarry
Town; Katrina Van Tassel, Ichabod's soon-to-be romantic interest; and
the manly man Brom Bones, who is in love with Katrina. Put these
three together and you have a hilarious, entertaining tale that will
make you laugh, make you empathize, make you cringe, and make you
shudder. And it will make you see something good, something bad, and
something of yourself in each of these characters.
ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head."
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, GA
becomes the unfortunate target of Brom Bones and his gang, and the
unsuspecting target of the manipulative Katrina Van Tassel.
is nasty," said Heather Allen, who portrays the beautiful
daughter of a wealthy farmer. "She wants to make Brom
jealous." This she does by showering her attentions on poor
Ichabod. Or should we refer to him as "poor" Ichabod? He
actually has his own devious motives. "For Ichabod, it's not
about Katrina's heart, but about her wealth." So they both are
playing a game of hearts.
there's Brom Bones. "He's a bully," said Derek Smithpeters
who brings this character to life. "He likes to pick on Ichabod,
especially when it becomes known that he believes in ghosts." A
perfect set-up of man versus the legend of the Headless Horseman.
have three characters, each with their own agenda. Who is the good
guy? Who is the bad guy? Or is it fair to really label them like that?
Playwright focuses on the lightheartedness & comedy."
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, GA
talking about people in general, Derek said, "Everyone's not
all truly good or bad; both are in them. Kind of Jekyll and
Hyde." That's why we can see some of ourselves in these
characters. We can identify with their struggles, with their goals,
and with their eccentricities. That's what makes the story ring true.
that's also what makes us laugh: poking fun at these truths about
human nature. "The playwright keeps it true to Irving's story,
but she focuses on the lightheartedness, the comedy," said
director Janette Gaines. "Yes, it's intense because there is a
Headless Horseman. But there are times in our lives when we just need
to laugh, and that's what this playwright focuses on."
and the actors stressed that this show is family friendly.
light entertainment, and appropriate for all ages." Janette
said. "It's the kind of story to tell around a campfire."
Legend of Sleepy Hollow is adapted for the stage by Kathryn
Shultz Miller and is sponsored by People's Community Bank. Rounding
out the engaging cast are Adam Honeycutt, Kari Tuthill, Christopher
Ward, and Tara White.
JRT is located at 125½ West Main Street in Jonesborough. Shows
will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and
Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $16, general admission, $14 for
students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call the Historic
Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423.753.1010 or go online to www.jonesboroughtheatre.com.
NOBLE PRODUCTION AT MHCC: Sword
in the Stone
Advocate: Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham OR
MHCC Theatre Department has begun to perform Kathryn Schultz
Miller's "Sword in
the Stone" this week, with busloads of elementary school
students from all around the Northwest coming to see the show.
were fortunate enough to sit in on one of the dress rehearsals to
get a glance at the play before the seats were packed full of
restless children, and found the production enjoyable.
script has been brought to life by the students of the Mt. Hood
Theatre program, and tailored by the director, Julie Akers, to
interact with audience members' imaginations. There are plenty of
parts where the characters break the fourth wall and beckon the
audience to help them in their quest, which takes them to the skies,
moats, and dragon-infested mountains of Arthurian England.
special effects & sword fighting."
theatre students rehearse for The
Sword in the Stone. Landon Spady, The Advocate
of these elements would not be nearly as exciting if the actors did
not bring their individual talents to the characters of Arthurian
legend. All but three of actors are first-year students at Mount
Hood, and when asked, Akers expressed excitement at being able to
work with such young talent.
said there were some challenges in working with the script when it
was handed to her by the department's head, Mace Archer (who is
currently on sabbatical). The script calls for drastic and rapid
scene changes that transform the stage from a castle, to the sky, to
a field, and to many other difficult-to-depict locations. There are
also lots of magic, special effects, and sword fighting in the play,
which require a lot more rehearsal time for the actors and tech crew
to pin down, in order to put on a smooth performance.
all of these challenges, the cast and crew has risen to the
occasion. Akers said that she can't wait to return to direct the
upcoming spring production at MHCC, "The Miracle
Worker." The Theatre Department will open ArtReach's Sword
in the Stone Saturday, Nov. 16 to MHCC students and the general community.
in Wonderland is a Christmas Play?
Read The Story
of Alice in Christmas Land
Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
If you thought
Wonderland was curious, wait until you visit Christmas Land!
Alice in Wonderland is one of the worlds most famous and
beloved classics for children. Alice
in Christmas Land gives the familiar story a musical holiday twist.
The play begins
as Lewis Carroll calls for Alice who must be hiding. While he
looks the Storytellers begin the story describing merry old England
at Christmas time. When Alice finally presents herself Lewis
sees that there are not 1 but 6 Alices! He asks 5 of them to
sit down and wait their turn to play the part as the play progresses.
is determined to take photographs of Alice with his fancy
camera. But Alice is reluctant because she would rather
decorate the Christmas tree. Mr. Carroll agrees and Alice
unpacks the ornaments. To her surprise each ornament represents
characters in the stories that Mr. Carroll has told her. She
discovers the Queen of Hearts heart ornament and Mr. Carroll
tells her that this is the most important ornament of all because it
represents the spirit of love and kindness which is the center of
last Alice poses for a picture but as she does she becomes sleepy
and drifts into a dream. The next thing she knows, a White
Rabbit has entered and wakes her up. But this not the White
Rabbit she remembers from the story, this rabbit is dressed in a
Santa costume and carries a great sack on his back. However,
the White Rabbit seems to have no understanding of who Santa is and
what Christmas is all about. The Christmas White Rabbit
says "Mustnt be late! and disappears down his rabbit hole.
the rabbit and finds herself in a very unusual place. Little
does she know that she has fallen into Christmas Land where every
inhabitant has a very strange idea of Christmas. She finds a
bottle that says "drink me. When she drinks from the
bottle she grows very small, as small as a cupcake. A
Caterpillar comes along and tells her that tasting the cupcake will
make her grow. One taste of the icing and Alices head is
in the clouds!
come Tweedledum and Tweedledee, two little boys who are flying
through the air, lofted up by the propellers on their hats.
Alice asks them to take her flying and together they soar up so high
they see the Christmas star! Alice then asks them to help her
become the right size for a little girl again. They give her a
gingerbread man and tell her to eat part of it to grow down.
Alice meets the grinning Cheshire Cat who is now a Christmas Cat
with green and red stripes. The Cat has the habit of
disappearing and reappearing during their conversation. The Cat
sings a version of "Deck the Halls that seems crazy to
Alice. The Cat tells her, "Were all mad here,
and sends her along to the Mad Hatters tea party.
the Mad Hatter refuses to serve tea, claiming his party is really a
tree decorating party. But Alice doesnt see any tree and
has an absurd exchange with the Hatter about his tree that isnt
there. Dormouse sings a Christmas carol that is just as silly
as the Cats song. Alice declares, "No one here knows
anything about Christmas at all!
The Mad Hatter
sends Alice along to the garden of the Queen of Hearts where Alice
finds decorators throwing away yesterdays Christmas tree
ornaments and putting up new ones. Everyone seems terrified of
the Queen and indeed when the Queen appears everyone runs away.
The Queen asks
Alice to play croquet and Alice agrees. But this is not like
any croquet game Alice has played before. The mallets are
flamingos, the arches are people from the audience and the balls are
hedgehogs. After an attempt to play the game, Alice tells
the Queen that she cheats. This prompts the Queen to sing of
her own virtues and call for Alices head. Alice calmly
informs the Queen that there must be trial first.
the trial the Queen accuses Alice of sending a Christmas card,
claiming the fact establishes Alices guilt. At last,
Alice pulls the heart ornament that Mr. Carroll has given her and
presents it to the Queen. Alice tells the Queen that she should
represent love and kindness, symbolized by the heart, because
thats what Christmas is all about. If she did, Alice
tells her, "All of your subjects would understand Christmas a
great deal more than they do now!
The Queen is
outraged and cries "Off with her head! All the
Alices appear together and demand that they should like to see the
Queens head off. All Alices ask for the
audiences help and together they drive the Queen away.
Soon Alice is
sleeping as before and awakens to hear Mr. Carroll and everyone
singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas. As Alice
tells Mr. Carroll about her dream, each of the characters appears
before her. The Queen appears, demanding her heart. Alice
says "With this, you can be the very best Queen there ever
was. When the Queen wishes everyone a Merry Christmas,
the crowd shouts, "All hail the Queen of Hearts!
tells Alice to keep each Christmas in her heart for all are precious,
prompting everyone to join in singing, "We Wish You a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.
Carroll, Alices Adventures in Wonderland
Questions for Kathryn Schultz Miller
Morgan Cobb, Florida
drew you to playwriting?
I had a terrific teacher in
High School who believed in me. He gave me confidence to write
and act. He steered me towards some small publications and a
creative writing scholarship to college. That got me going.
of your plays are you most proud of?
A Thousand Cranes will
probably always be up there as my most favored script. But I am
also just as proud of Welcome Home about a Vietnam Vet. I'm
also very proud of many of my short comic plays such as Emperor's New
Clothes, Sword in the Stone, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Among the large cast plays for kids to perform, I like The Jungle
Book and Velveteen Rabbit.
noticed several of your plays have actors playing multiple
characters was that intentional? If so why?
The first plays I wrote were
for touring to schools, so we had to have a small cast of very
talented adults with few actors and few props for traveling in a
van. Although that was a necessity I came to see it as an
artistic benefit. Many restrictions caused me to up the
artistic stakes, putting imagination above physical stuff like sets
and props. Minimalism became our style.
Already the successful author
of Sketches by Boz, Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby,
The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge and American Notes, Charles
Dickens (1812-1870) was one of the best-loved novelists of the time
when he wrote this short novel, which was completed in a mere six
weeks in tandem with the production of the eleventh episode of the
serially published Martin Chuzzlewit.
Originally published on
December 17, 1843, the book was rapturously reviewed and became an
instant success, the first 6,000 copies of its initial print-run
being sold out by Christmas, with 2,000 further copies from the
second printing snapped up by the 6th of January. While obviously
enormously popular from the outset, it has remained Dickens
most widely enjoyed work, with hundreds of further reprints and adaptations.
Dickens was completely
responsible for the entire production of the book, and he
commissioned John Leech (1817-1864) to produce a series of hand
colored etchings and wood engravings to illustrate the volume.
Little Mermaid - A Huge Success!
Shannan Smith, SCCS Performance Teacher
had a wonderful show with The
Little Mermaid, S.C.C.S.'s all school end of year play.
were about 50 students involved ranging from grades 2nd - 12th.
Missing the show and wanting more performances has remained the major
theme among various students. One of the seniors said, "I miss
going to practice after school, I'm glad I participated in theatre
before I graduated."
teaching here for 3-1/2 years, I've discovered that students who
participate in drama feel extremely satisfied and accomplished.
young actors bringing stories to life."
Santa Clarita Christian
School, CA - The Little Mermaid
year our K-6th grade students have the opportunity to participate in
bible based drama chapels. Once they are in junior high, they may try
out for the all school play, like The Little Mermaid. When in high
school, they really hone in their acting craft. The high school
students tend to take the major leads in school plays because they
are enrolled in an A-G accredited theatre class. While working with
them closely, Im able to educate the students on theatre
aspects such as improv, staging, the history of theatre and teaching
them about opportunities where they can create their own venues in
acting. Drama students are definitely stretched in every area
however, this helps the students to think quickly and present
thoroughly enjoy working with students in grades K 12,
engaging with the various levels of talent, watching them grow from
excited children to well-developed, young actors bringing stories to
life. Look for next year's play as we will be performing C.S.
Lewis's classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Those
rehearsals will begin after winter break. Thank you for coming out to
see this years show!
Earhart' aims to thrill young audiences
College in Rehearsal, Rock Island, IL
annual children's show, "Amelia
Earhart," offers young theatre-goers an exciting story and
a lot of history Sept. 23-24.
play tells the story of the first female aviator to fly solo across
the Atlantic Ocean, who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.
It uses headlines, remembrances, flashbacks and introspective
monologues by Earhart against the backdrop of music, styles and
politics of the 1930s and 40s.
exciting story and a lot of history."
Picture. "Amelia Earhart" cast members: from left, Peter
Alfano, a sophomore from Knoxville, Ill.; Rami Halabi, a senior from
Crystal Lake, Ill.;
Aubrey Lyon, a junior from Mount Vernon, Iowa. (Augustana Photo
will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Brunner Theatre Center.
Earhart" features Augustana students Aubrey Lyon, a junior
from Mount Vernon, Iowa; Rami Halabi, a senior from Crystal Lake,
Ill.; and Peter Alfano, a sophomore from Knoxville, Ill.
Dawson, a sophomore from Bloomington, Ill., serves as stage manager.
Emma Brutman, a senior from Vernon Hills, Ill., is the designer for
set and props.
children's show once again is directed by Augustana alumna Jackie
Wynes McCall '98. McCall earned an MFA in acting from Western
Illinois University. After touring and performing all over the
Midwest, her travels eventually brought her to The Old Creamery
Theatre in the Amana Colonies where she serves as the director of education.
are $11 for the public, $9 for senior citizens, students, and
Augustana faculty/staff, $5 for children ages 12 and under, and free
for Augustana students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online, at
the door or through the Augustana Ticket Office at 309-794-7306.
special showing of the play by Kathryn Schultz Miller will be
offered at 10 a.m. on Sept. 22 for students in grades 4-8. Schools
that make reservations for the show will receive a pre-visit activity
packet, enjoy the show and post-show discussion, and leave with
follow up activities that can be done in their classroom. For more
information about this special performance, email or call Christina