Baker University student to perform Irving classic
Ichabod Crane is coming to Baker University this weekend for a four-day run at Rice Auditorium.
Baker University’s music and theatre department will present “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” based on the story by Washington Irving and adapted for the stage by Frederick Gaines, Thursday through Sunday at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Tom Heiman, associate chair department of music and theatre, will direct the performance.
“We haven’t done a show for young audiences since I’ve been here,” Heiman said. “That’s seven years of not doing anything for kids, so we thought we’d give it a shot.”
Heiman’s love for the story began decades ago, and it inspired him to become involved with theater.
“I saw the original performance of this script in the Minneapolis Children’s Theater back in the 1970s,” Heiman said. “I just fell in love with it, and it was one of the reasons I decided to go into technical theater.”
Around eight years ago, Heiman and his students at Columbus State (Ga.) tried this play. He wasn’t pleased with the performance, but he decided to try it this year at Baker.
“It will be fun for all kids,” Heiman said. “The very end gets a little intense for kids under 5, but grade schoolers will absolutely love this. We hope the college students like it, too.”
For those audience members expecting to see a performance similar to that of the 1999 movie “Sleepy Hollow” starring Johnny Depp, this won’t be it. Heiman said the play is more along the lines of the actual story.
“It’s based on the same Washington Irving story, but the Johnny Depp movie is a completely different take on it,” he said. “This is a story that is supposed to be fun and exciting, but it’s for young people. The movie is so dark and demented throughout the entire movie. This script really does capture the characters from the story.”
The cast list of Baker students for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”: Ichabod Crane, Patrick King; Widow Winetraub, Lindley Fritze; Hilda Winetraub, Jessica Benner; Cornwall, Kari Hilmes; Brom Bones, Jeff Milton; Katrina Van Tassel, Heather Wickman; Pastor, Nathan Eacker; Van Ripper, Ali Watson and Townspeople, Courtney West, Haven Ashley and Aaron Schopper, Abigail Jones.
The production staff members are Andrew Simons, special effects; Megan Nelson, choreography; Kyle Detrick, original music; Bryce Bowers, sound design; and Rachael Moon, 2010 Baker graduate, lighting design.
“I’m tickled to death out of the performance I’m getting out of Ichabod Crane,” Heiman said. “Even though most of the rest of the cast are minor characters, they are just tickling my funny bone. It keeps getting goofier every night.
“We have some good surprises throughout the show, so be ready.”