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Thursday, October 20, 2016


WELLSBORO—Hamilton-Gibson is presenting "The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow," a Halloween radio drama for children and adults that is both spooky and fun.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27, 28 and 29 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.

In October of 2010, Tony “Sparx” Palermo wrote this faithful and imaginative adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, originally published in 1820. A radio dramatist/director, composer, engineer, sound effects artist and educator from Los Angeles, California, Palermo has been producing radio plays in schools and theaters for nearly two decades.

The focus of this 60-minute radio drama is a love triangle coupled with spooky and humorous elements. It is set in Sleepy Hollow, New York on the shore of the Hudson River at the turn of the 18th century. Ichabod Crane (Brian Burket), an itinerant schoolteacher, falls for the pretty Katrina Van Tassel (Sarah Knight). Tension builds between Crane and her other suitor, the handsome Brom Van Broont (Cody Getz), the swaggering village "blade." Then, one dark autumn night Crane is riding along a lonely wooded road, sees the terrifying Headless Horseman and flees. The next day, villagers discover Crane’s horse and the remains of a pumpkin. He is never found.

Of the 19 cast members, nine are not only actors but also do sound effects, from chirping crickets to people dancing and pounding hooves. They include: Kaitlyn Bartlett, Anne Bishop, Gracie Bishop, Yolie Canales, Dominic Doganiero, Sarah Knight, Ed McQuaid, Tom Reindl and Gene Wagner.

The other cast members are: Sean Bartlett, Brian Burket, Amy DeCamp, Cody Getz, Gabe Guignard, Gloria Guignard, Mary Anne Heston, Ava Keeler, Evelyn Lippincott and Phil Waber.

“Radio plays use voices and sounds to create the setting and actions,” said Director Gabe Hakvaag. Included in Palermo's adaption are a poetry duel, a rained out pie contest and several are-they or aren’t-they dream sequences with the Horseman. This play brings to life scenes and characters, including the one-room schoolhouse, the Van Tassel household, the country damsels, the townsfolk’s ghost stories, singing master Crane’s terrible church choir, the quilting frolic and the climatic chase by the Headless Horseman.

Sponsors are: Dr. Rick and Karen Doganiero and Drs. Maria Cruz and Edgar Wong.

Admission for the Thursday and Friday performances is $18 for adults and $7 for children and full-time students of any age; for Saturday, $12 for adults and free for children and full-time students; and Sunday, Oct. 30, Pay-What-You-Can. For reservations or information, call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email

In this scene from the radio play "The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow," Singing Master Ichabod Crane (Brian Burket, far right) leads a less than talented choir at the Old Dutch Church. The Knickerbocker (Dominic Doganiero, far left) narrates the scene as Sofie Van Tassel (Amy DeCamp), Baltus Van Tassel (Phil Waber) and Sarah Knight (Katrina Van Tassel) sing "Amazing Grace."

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