PERFORMERS, STUDENTS THRILLED WITH THEATRE DEPARTMENT’S OCTOBER PERFORMANCE OF "THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW"
by: Mack Leach and Justin Zulu
Following a long delay to COVID-19, the Glenelg theatre department raised its curtain Thursday, Oct. 21 for their fall performance, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Directed by Ms. Kassidy Sharp, Sleepy Hollow told a classic horror tale that featured a cast of ecstatic students being back on stage.
With so many things being taken away due to the pandemic, Glenelg students were buzzing to see another show.
“Everyone's put up walls during COVID so now you realize how much you missed it,” Sharp said, as she got ready to welcome patrons back to the theatre.
Due to several varying factors, there were quite a few changes that had to be made to the show, including cast members who had to wear masks during their performances. These masks had clear plastic on the front so viewers could still see the expressions on the actors’ faces.
“Cleaning [the mask] every once in a while was a challenge, but we did it,” said junior cast member Emma Tarditi.
Another challenge the troupe had to work around concerned the date of the show. In previous years, the fall play ended around Thanksgiving break; however, due to the uncertainty of school returning to virtual learning, Sharp moved the show by over a month.
“We weren't sure what the show was going to become,” Sharp said.
In fact, the late October date of the show influenced the decision to perform Sleepy Hollow, since the play’s themes align with the Halloween season.
Despite the changes made, performers rose to the challenge.
“I think the stand out performances were Ichabod and Brom,” said sophomore Liam Rutledge who saw the show on opening night.
Ichabod Crane, played by junior John Roesler, stole the show with a high level of wit and charisma as he led the audience through his story of love and mystery. Crane’s main source of conflict, and comedic opposite was Brom Bones, played by senior Ryan Fitzgerald. This duo brought lots of life to the stage, much needed after so many empty months lost to the pandemic.
The pandemic may have changed a lot, but the excellence of Glenelg’s theater department has not wavered. Sharp said she is looking forward to a full return of theatre at all levels, especially for the spring’s musical.