Legend of Sleep Hollow tale mesmerizes Troutman library audience

Posted at 4:41 PM on Oct 24, 2018


By Debbie Page

Attendees at the Bright Star Theater performance of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at the J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library on Tuesday afternoon got an early dose of spooky Halloween fun.

The two performers, Steven Gebhardt and Rebecca Krumenacker, took on a variety of roles in this dramatized version of Washington Irving’s short story set in 1790 in Sleepy Hollow, New York, in an area known for ghosts and a gloomy atmosphere. The famous ghostly Headless Horseman rides each night looking for his missing head.

Superstitious schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, who is competing with Brom Bones for the beautiful Katrina, is the victim of Brom’s pranks. When Ichabod passes haunted spots on the way to pick up Katrina for a harvest, he disappears, leaving only his hat behind.

“The fantastic thing is that the ending of “Sleepy Hollow” has no ending,” said Gebhardt, who portrayed both Ichabod Crane and Brom. “There is no conclusion -- you have no idea about what really happened to Ichabod, so there’s no right or wrong answer.”

The traveling performers answered questions about behind the scenes things, their training, and acting techniques. Krumenacker explained that they make sure they are having fun on stage so that the audience will too.

The pair also performed the Halloween tale at the Statesville library branch Tuesday evening.

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