'Sleepy Hollow' musical opens Friday at Crestview High School

Sleepy Hollow

Bully Brom Bones (Wesley Barlow, left) is unimpressed by Sleepy Hollow's new schoolmaster Ichabod Crane (Carmine Harrell), who chats with the Widow Van Doorn and Mrs, Van Tassel (Katie Rocha and Courtney Jones).

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Crestview High School’s drama program and Thespian Society present the musical adaptation of Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

The stage production runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with matinees on the last two days.

The familiar selection of classic American literature tells the tale of Ichabod Crane, a rural New York schoolmaster pursued by a ghostly, headless Hessian horseman.

Crestview High drama teacher and Thespian Society adviser Annette Gebhardt directs a cast of more than 30 students in the colorful production, featuring costumes by stage mom Mindy Keiffer.

"I'm afraid it's been like a sweatshop," Keiffer joked as she described how daughters Megan, Emily and Abigail have helped sew the many costumes the show requires.

As Gebhardt directed a dress rehearsal Wednesday evening, she suddenly spied an anachronism.

"I'm pretty sure they weren't wearing gauges in 1790," she told actor Antonio Franco, who grinned as he removed his ear jewelry.

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