Students take on classic story

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

The mystery and mystique of the Headless Horseman will come to life on stage during “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” opening at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the University Center Theatre.

Hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance at Eastern New Mexico University, the play is an adaptation of the classic Washington Irving story, said Janice Scarbrough, director.

“It is not meant to terrify the little ones or the parents,” Scarbrough said.

The play focuses on Ichabod Crane, who comes to the town of Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod is believed to think he is smarter than the townspeople. He is intrigued by young women who have rich fathers and also by mothers who are good cooks, since he does like to eat, Scarbrough said.

His ways eventually get him run out of town. When he is run out of town, no one knows who is responsible. Ideas range from a boyfriend of one of the girls Ichabod is interested in, one of the townspeople or if it is someone entirely different, Scarbrough said.

“It’s just about so much more than a headless horseman,” Scarbrough said of the play.

Though the play only runs one hour and 20 minutes, the students have been working on and rehearsing the play for six weeks.

Generally, rehearsals run for a month for other productions, Scarbrough said.

“It has some elements to it that have demanded a longer rehearsal period,” Scarbrough said.

For this particular production, Scarbrough has faced a couple of challenges. One being finding an actor tall enough to play Ichabod.

Another was the music that is incorporated into the play. For this, Ginger Terry was brought in to help and coach the student actors in voice. The music used in the play is a reflection of Americana music from the 1700s, Scarbrough said.

“It’s just really beautiful music,” Scarbrough said.

Sophomore Marissa Gonzales plays the role of Emily, who is one of the storytellers in the play, she said.

“My character is kind of the feisty one of the town,” Gonzales said.

Also during the play, Gonzales will play other characters that have minute parts in the play. All total she will fulfill four roles, which has been a bit of a challenge, she said.

“It’s just hard bouncing from person to person,” Gonzales said of her multiple roles.

Gonzales said while the play may be short it has taken a great amount of time and energy to prepare.

“It’s a blast. It’s such high energy,” Gonzales said of the play.

Robert Tucker plays the part of Crane while Charles Britton plays Brom and Kimberly Clements plays Katrina.

At a glance:

What: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

When: Thursday through Sunday

Where: University Theatre Center on the Eastern New Mexico University campus.

Time: 7 p.m. nightly through Saturday, 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday

Tickets: General admission, $8; Seniors 55-plus, $7, Pre-college, $6; ENMU students, $5
Information: ENMU Box Office: 562-2710 or ENMU Department of Theatre and Dance: 562-2711