Sleepy Hollow by Elizabeth Doyle, Judy Freed and Owen Kalt

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About The Play

From left: Mike Musselman (Zeke), Danielle Defassio (Anna Van Brundt), Doug Pawlik (Pete), Andriana Pachella (Katrina Van Tassel), Nicholas Ryan Lamb (Mutton), Christopher Boyd (Ichabod Crane), Adam Billman-Galuhn (Brom Bones) and Kathryn Diana (Wanda). Theatre-HikesŪ (Chicago, IL; photo by Duane Heaton).

Musical Comedy.  60-90 minutes (full show is 90 minutes, but may be cut down to a 60 minute one-act version). Book by Judy Freed, Music by Elizabeth Doyle, Lyrics by Owen Kalt.  6+ males, 5+ females, (11+ performers possible).  Suitable for high school and older performers, elementary school and older audiences.  

Developed at the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop and Theatre Building Chicago.
  Premiered at Theatre-Hikes (Chicago and Lisle, Illinois) and Acorn Theater (Three Oaks, Michigan).

"We produced Sleepy Hollow at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan, and it was a crowd favorite. If you are looking for a show that is appropriate for all ages, try this one. I think it is especially good for Halloween time." -David Fink, Co-Owner, Acorn Theater

"I had the pleasure of presenting Sleepy Hollow as part of a musical theater festival in Chicago. Audience were enthusiastic and the play has had several production since. It’s a real crowd pleaser, appropriate for all audiences – a great family show but not just for children. It’s a fun take on the original Washington Irving story with very witty lyrics and some beautiful song writing. Oh, and there’s the Headless Horseman – or is there?" -Joan Mazzonelli, Managing Director, City Lit Theater Company

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A restless ghost. A scheming schoolmaster. An apprehensive heiress. And a teenage girl who thinks demons are delightful. Welcome to Sleepy Hollow, a delightfully spooky family musical.  Tensions in the little village escalate when schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with a shy blacksmith to win the heart of a lovely young heiress. Meanwhile, rumors circulate that the local ghost, the Headless Horseman, is seeking his revenge. Nothing is as it seems in this fresh, funny adaptation of Washington Irving's classic American tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Music Files

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Welcome to Sleepy Hollow. Vocalists: Paul Alessandro, Bob Heitzinger and Cary Lovett. Pianist: Elizabeth Doyle.

Great Day in the Morning. Vocalists: Cristen Paige with Paul Alessandro, Bob Heitzinger, Lisa Lauren and Cary Lovett.

Nurturing Fertile Young Minds. Vocalists: Cristen Paige and Peter Mohawk. Pianist: Elizabeth Doyle.

I Know You by Heart. Vocalist: Sean Krill. Pianist: Elizabeth Doyle.

The Legend. Vocalists: Cristen Paige and Sean Krill with Paul Alessandro, Bob Heitzinger, Lisa Lauren and Cary Lovett. Pianist: Elizabeth Doyle.

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Did You Know?

Matthew Mezzacappa co-founded an Instant Musicals group which writes and performs fully staged musicals in just two hours.