ECU play heads for Turnage

Published 1:27 am Thursday, October 28, 2010

Staff Writer

The headless horseman will ride again this weekend at the Turnage Theater in Washington.
East Carolina University’s Storybook Theatre will present “The Legend of Sleep Hollow” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the theater.
Tickets cost $12 each for adults and $5 each for children.
For more information, call the Turnage at 252-975-1711 or visit its website,
The play will be followed by a drama workshop and photo opportunities with the actors in the lobby.
The 16-member cast is drawn entirely from ECU’s School of Theatre and Dance, said Patch Clark, the director and an associate professor in the theater department.
The choreography was crafted by local dance instructor Janet Cox, and the stage movement was developed by Jill Matarelli Carlson, according to Clark.
“It does have movement in it, it has dancing in it and it has music in it,” Clark said, “but also the story rendition based on the original story, ‘The Legend of Sleep Hollow,’ by Washington Irving.”
Saturday’s performance will be preceded by two shows Friday — one at 10 a.m. for public-school children and one at 7 p.m. for the public in ECU’s Wright Auditorium, Clark related.
“It’s exciting and it’s not scary, but it has mystery in it, and excitement,” she said of the play.
There also will be humor and chances for audience participation, Clark pointed out.
“And it will be very festive and upbeat, very suitable for children,” she said.
The Storybook players have formatted the production to be appropriate for small children, agreed Katherine Buchholz, box-office manager at the Turnage.
“It’ll be exciting and suspenseful, but not likely to scare them unduly,” Buchholz said.
The Turnage has five youth-centered shows planned for its 2010-2011 season, said Scotty Henley, executive director of the Turnage Theaters Foundation.
“I hope the little kids come out in their costumes and that they stick around for the workshop after the show,” Henley said of Saturday’s event.