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Nov 01, 2021

RFH Tower Players Present ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow’

Cast members (from left): Matte Black, Connor Olson, and Ali Gagliardi

The actors from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School return to the indoor stage for the first time in nearly two years! After a year characterized by virtual and outdoor extravaganzas, the award-winning, student dramatic arts club, the Tower Players, is ready to return to performing on their beloved stage. RFH is bringing back live theater with their rendition of “Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” adapted by Vera Morris.

Adhering to the spooky theme of the season, this group of actors will assume the roles of townspeople from Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow, a Dutch farming community some 27 miles from New York in the early 1800s. This timeless tale centers on the town’s newcomer, Ichabod Crane (Evan Callas), who is hired to be the new schoolmaster. Ichabod demonstrates an irresistible thirst for knowledge, desire for food, and obsession with Katrina Van Tassel (Ali Gagliardi). Katrina and Ichabod have to manage the ongoing, jealous mischief of Brom Bones (Matte Black), as Ichabod tries to become closer to Katrina and her wealth. Bones is not the only troublemaker in these parts; Ichabod also learns that spirits and ghosts are not hard to come by in this town. The story puts a twist on the classic myth of the Headless Horseman, adding in some comedic relief and keeping in the disturbing details of Sleepy Hollow alive. Will Ichabod get what he wants, or will he fall to the power of the Headless Horseman?

Cast members (from left): Chris Stypa, Julia Coon and Katie Shapiro

Not only are the cast members excited to be back on stage, but they are more than happy to pick up where they left off with some familiar faces. The Tower Players advisors include many RFH/Tower Players alumni as well as some brand new faces to the high school and its program. Those returning include KasiAnn Sweeney (director), Susan Schuld (assistant director and play production coordinator), Matthew Leddin (technical director), and Catherine Cleary (costume and props designer). New to the team of advisors this season is choreographer Donna Battaglia.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow is presented through special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service. The show will run from Friday, Nov. 19 to Sunday,Β  Nov. 21. For tickets, click here.