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‘Ichabod: The Legend of Sleepy Hole,’ a brand new musical of affection and lore, premieres at Inventive Cauldron


Fall is upon us and with it the standard stream of Halloween tales everyone knows and love. The Legend of Sleepy Hole by Washington Irving was initially printed in 1819 and has seen many iterations in music and movie. However now, at Inventive Cauldron in Falls Church, now we have the world premiere of a brand new musical adaptation of the traditional story: Ichabod: The Legend of Sleepy Hole, by inventive energy couple Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith.

With music and lyrics by Conner and guide and extra lyrics by Smith, the musical follows the story of Ichabod Crane, who arrives from Boston to the small city of Sleepy Hole to turn into their new schoolmaster. Met with pleasantry and an abundance of warning, Crane shortly learns that the quaint city is steeped with custom and superstition, and becoming in won’t be as simple as he hoped.

Colum Goebelbecker (Ichabod Crane) and Brooke Bloomquist (Katrina Van Tassel) in ‘Ichabod: The Legend of Sleepy Hole.’ Photograph by William Gallagher.

Conner and Smith co-direct the manufacturing on the small black field stage of the Cauldron, which Scenic Designer Marge Jervis has was a room with an upstage wall made out of wood slats and a doorway on both facet. The country look, with a desk and a number of benches that may be moved across the stage, permits the house to simply transition from a lecture room to a church or a dance corridor as wanted.

The unique music, composed by Conner with Orchestrator and Music Supervisor Warren Freeman, is a beautiful rating blended with ballads with wealthy harmonies coloured with suspense, romance, and at different instances softer items with a diaphanous tone. This steadiness of sound and depth fluctuates all through the present, carrying a relentless really feel of uncertainty, and thriller.

Colum Goebelbecker is ideal because the titular Ichabod Crane. He’s barely awkward however bursts with a ardour and enthusiasm that endears him to his college students and the viewers. Nevertheless, unimpressed by Crane is Mevrouw Van Tassel, performed by Erin Granfield. Mevrouw is a vital determine within the tiny city and finds Ichabod underwhelming, to say the least.

Granfield has a commanding presence and an much more highly effective voice. She comes off as a strict and stiff character however reveals some capability for consolation when she sings “Be Not Afraid” to the schoolchildren after they turn into rattled from discussing the headless horseman.

Colum Goebelbecker (Ichabod Crane) and the Solid of ‘Ichabod: The Legend of Sleepy Hole.’ Photograph by William Gallagher.

Mavrouw’s younger daughter, Katrina Van Tassel (Brook Bloomquist), isn’t fairly as resistant to Ichabod’s appeal. There’s an apparent and fast attraction between the 2, although it’s made fairly clear that the 2 usually are not on a stage enjoying discipline.

Bloomquist performs Katrina as a lady uncertain of what she desires. After listening to of Ichabod’s roots, she sings longingly about “Boston” and visiting someplace removed from Sleepy Hole. Her want for variation and pleasure in her life feeds her attraction to Ichabod, which appears to return extra from a necessity for change than from precise feeling.

Enjoying the bullish Brom Bones is Bobby Libby with a booming voice and swagger to match. He’s seemingly betrothed to Katrina, although it’s an outdated association that has misplaced its spark.  Libby performs up the warfare hero, resigned to drink, all the time one mug away from downright sloppy. He excites the kids together with his recounting of the Legend in “Chippety-Choppety.”

However Brom isn’t a one-note character. Regardless of his careless habits, he harbors true emotions for Katrina, and whereas his entitlement to Katrina bears the markings of poisonous masculinity, his love is real.

Now, don’t get me flawed. Ichabod and Katrina do type a bond that reveals the potential of true attachment. Bloomquist and Goebelbecker sing the gorgeous “Blue” collectively as their well mannered flirtation grows.

Colum Goebelbecker (Ichabod Crane), Brooke Bloomquist (Katrina Van Tassel), Lenny Mendez (Baltus Van Tassel), and the Ensemble from ‘Ichabod: The Legend of Sleepy Hole.’ Photograph by William Gallagher.

And when Katrina engages in an train of storytelling with the schoolchildren in my private favourite, “Maybe,” she crawls out of her consolation zone and imagines a brand new story removed from the standard grimness of the Story of Sleepy Hole that the city fears and concurrently prides themselves on.

In that second, Ichabod is clearly head over heels and has confirmed to assist Katrina create the variability she has been looking for in her life. However regardless of the characters’ chemistry, Ichabod doesn’t belong. He’s an outsider, irrespective of how onerous he tries to ingratiate himself. Even his voice, whereas candy and exquisite, is overpowered by the boldness of the others.

Goebelbecker infuses Ichabod with kindness and compassion, holding out his notes beginning low and mushy however slowly infusing them with volumes of emotion. Whereas fantastic, that innocence is swallowed up by the darkness and foreboding that hangs over the city of Sleepy Hole.

Conner and Smith’s world premiere of Ichabod: The Legend of Sleepy Hole is a pleasant reimaging of the traditional Halloween story. With stunning vocals, guided by the musical path of Paige Rammelkamp, and powerful performances from the forged, this present provides new depth to a centuries-old ghost story.

In contrast to the characters in lots of earlier tellings of Ichabod Crane’s unhappy disappearance, these are removed from one-dimensional. They’re fleshed out with complexities and contradictions that make the hero’s demise all of the extra heart-wrenching.

Inventive Cauldron has mounted an exquisite manufacturing that is stuffed with custom and lore however coloured with a real coronary heart {that a} trendy viewers can connect with. This recent adaptation is ideal for these conversant in the story who wish to expertise it anew, and for the following era that has but to listen to of Ichabod Crane and the dreaded Headless Horseman.

Operating Time: Roughly one hour half-hour, with no intermission.

Ichabod: The Legend of Sleepy Hole runs by means of October 30, 2022 at Inventive Cauldron, 410 South Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA. To buy tickets ($20–$45), name the field workplace at 703-436-9948 or go on-line.

COVID Security: Masks are required always for all patrons and guests no matter vaccination standing throughout all indoor performances. Masks should be worn within the foyer, contained in the theater,  and in restrooms. The whole Inventive Cauldron COVID-19 Protocols are right here.

Ichabod: The Legend of Sleepy Hole
Music and lyrics by Matt Conner
E-book and extra lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith
Directed by Conner & Smith
Musical Director Paige Rammelkamp

Solid: Colum Goebelbecker (Ichabod Crane), Bobby Libby (Brom Bones), Brook Bloomquist (Katrina Van Tassel), Erin Granfield (Mevrouw), Lenny Mendez (Baltus Van Tassel), Lenny Mendez (Hendrika), Garrett Matthews (Male Swing), Holly Kelly (Feminine Swing), and That includes the Musical Theater Coaching Ensemble: Andrea Banuelos Valenzuela, Henry Gill, Allison Harman, Daniella Hirai, Emma Howell, Ella Johnston, Carmen Ortiz, Matilda Phillips, Elaina Rosenberger, Madeleine Ruffini, Sophie Silva, Nika Temkin

Manufacturing Group: Costume & Set Design: Margie Jervis, Stage Supervisor: Nicholas J. Goodman, Lighting Designer: Lynn Joslin, Directed by: Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith, Musical Route by: Paige Rammelkamp, Assistant Directed by Holly Kelly, Music Supervision by: Warren Freeman, Sound Engineer: Wealthy Farella

Employees: Laura Connors Hull: Founding Inventive Director, Janis Johnson-Tartt: Common Supervisor, Nicholas J Goodman: Operations Supervisor, Elizabeth Meade: Growth Director, Lenny Mendez: Affiliate Artist, Will Stevenson: Casting Director

Scenic/Property/Costume Employees: Andy Reilly: Scenic Prop and Costume Assistant, Jared Jacknow: Carpentry Assistant

Scenic/Property/Costume Volunteers: Don Hesse, Lydia Carlisle, Maureen Budetti, Geri Hirai, Sandra Wilson, Naomi Lipsky, Peggy Buddeke, Judy Ortiz

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