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Hayden students set to put on ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’

Members of the Hayden High School drama department rehearse Friday for this weekend's performances of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." The play is at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. Pictured from left are Kara Cozzens, Sondra Boyd, Zoe Flannery, Kendra DeMicco, Tyanna Zabel, Neylan Wheat and Dylan Munden.
Matt Stensland

— In entertainment, there is an influx of classic concepts getting new twists. But sometimes, nothing beats the original.

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is no exception. It’s been made into movies — Tim Burton did one — and recently was made into a television show on FOX.

But there is the draw of the original.

In Hayden, the high school drama troupe preferred following the original short story by Washington Irving.

There will be two showings of the play — the first at 7 p.m. Saturday and the second at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Both will take place in the Hayden High School auditorium. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and tickets can be purchased at the high school.

“It’s exciting and different for Hayden to do something like this,” said Dylan Munden, who plays Ichabod Crane. “We usually do smaller plays. This goes back to the original telling. Normally, it’s Ichabod going to a town to investigate murders. This one goes back to the original where he is a teacher.”

The preparation for the play began in early October and picked up in the past couple of weeks with the full cast rehearsing nightly.

It hasn’t all been easy, though. Theater director Raelynn Otto said there have been many ups and downs throughout the process, including shifting cast members around after several people dropped out — but through it all, the base of the cast has remained and has turned in a quality product.

“We’ve had a lot of characters drop out,” said Tyanna Zabel, who plays Katrina Van Tassel. “Our core group, though, has been great. They’ve all picked up parts.”

Otto said she decided on the play because she fell in love with it in high school. With its resurgence into popular culture, she said it seemed like the perfect time to do it.

“It’s comical in a dark way,” she said.

The cast features a wide variety of actors. In addition to underclassmen and upperclassmen, the play features three teachers and Principal Gina Zabel.

The play is designed to cast a wide net making it a family-friendly event.

“It’s cool,” Munden said. “The older people will know the story from growing up. The younger audience will learn and enjoy the story.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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