As an audience member you follow the action of the story from one location to the next as The Horseman’s Meadow has been broken up into several “scenes” from the story. In Ichabod’s classroom you get to sit within the students’ chairs whereas at the haunted bridge you get to witness events unfold just at the edge of it’s opening, so as not to meet the stare of the Headless Horseman himself. This is an amazing look and experience into one of classic literature’s most enduring spooky tales.
Brian Clowdus directs an amazing cast led by Chris Mayers as Ichabod and Justin Walker as Brom Bones, who is new to this production. The cast also features returning favorites of Atlanta and the Playhouse Laura Floyd and Jessica Miesel, both whom steal the show whenever they can with their sharp wit and allure. Daniel Burns rounds out the small, yet excellent, cast.
One of the stand out contributions to the production is the amazing set design by Adam Koch and lighting design by Bobby Johnston who craft an amazing world for the characters and the audience to inhabit. The only thing leading your way through the dark meadows are the numerous flaming torches that remind you that this was the main source of illumination in those days. Johnston also contributes the sound design for the production which is instrumental to making this production work the moment you step beyond the concession stand and into an American legend.
This is not just a production to enjoy but to experience as there are ample opportunities to join the characters in a drink at the pub or learn some new school lessons while visiting Ichabod in his classroom. There were several times where I found myself joining in the festivities because I never knew when or where the Headless Horseman would show up next. The show makes you laugh when you need to and chill you when you least expect it. It’s a great night out for both small and large groups.
This Halloween, Serenbe Playhouse has concocted an alternative to the boring old ghost tours and haunted houses to take you to a place called Sleepy Hollow where nightmares do come true and monsters still exist.
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