(M, 126 lines)
schoolmaster from Connecticut.
KATRINA: (F, 50 lines)
Coy young charmer,
the subject of Ichabod's and Brom's adoring affection.
BROM BONES: (M,
28 lines) Storyteller.
IRVING: (M, 28 lines) Storyteller.
EMILY: (F, 35 lines)
35 lines) Storyteller.
GILES: (M, 26 lines) Storyteller.
FRAN: (F, 25 lines) Storyteller.
VAN TASSEL: (M,
10 lines) Katrina's father.
CLAUS: (M, 10 lines)
Sleepy Hollow Boy, Van Tassel's friend.
4 lines) Sleepy Hollow Boy, Brom's gang.
ULRICH: (M, 5 lines)
Sleepy Hollow Boy, Brom's gang.
NATHAN: (M, 5 lines)
Sleepy Hollow Boy, Brom's gang.
PETER: (M, 2 lines)
JUDITH: (F, 8 lines) Schoolgirl.
HANSEL: (M, 5 lines)
SADIE: (F, 4 lines)
14 lines) Tea Lady.
GRETA: (F, 13 lines)
VAN RIPPER: (M,
7 lines) Horse Gunpowder's owner.
HORSEMAN: (M, 1 line, lots of action)
Brom in disguise;
may be played by another actor.
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Along about midnight, after the ladies had retired, the men folk gathered...
...as was their custom...
...around the fire to tell tales of ghosts and strange sights...
...as the neighborhood is rich in legendary treasures of the kind.
gathers, as if by a fire, warming his hands. He may be eating, but he
obviously drinks in all BROM says. STORYTELLERS circle him when the
speak as the SLEEPY HOLLOW BOYS did earlier.)
Many dismal tales were told about...
...and wailing were heard from the soul of Major André who
haunts the place.
There was also the story of...
in on ICHABOD.) ...the woman in white... she was often heard to
shriek on winter nights before a storm, having died there in the snow.
In... in the snow?
tablecloth on his head and shrieks -- scaring the daylights out of ICHABOD.)
cozy, sitting beside ICHABOD.) And then theres my favorite
story, Ichabod. The one about the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.
Some of the folk around here say he was a German trouper. They say
that during the Revolutionary War his head was carried off by a
uses a jack-o-lantern to represent the head and thrusts it toward
They say he rides at night as if on the wings of the wind. He rides
back to the battlefield. (He brings the jack-o-lantern close to ICHABOD.)
Guess whats his favorite spot for haunting?
I... Im... sure I couldnt say.
Remember the bridge, school teach? The church bridge?
The ch-ch-church br-br-bridge?
Did you notice anything special about that covered bridge?
It seemed... well... somewhat...
Well... just a touch... dark...
Haunted! It seemed haunted!
with satisfaction.) The church bridge is one of his favorite
haunts, school teach. Youll have to be careful going home
tonight, Ichabod. Halloween is his favorite time of year. But
dont worry. Everyone knows once you cross the bridge,
If you get across it before you meet the Headless Horseman. Good
luck, Ichabod. (He leaves, exiting, laughing maniacally.)
enters and "rebuilds" Gunpowder.)
With a heavy heart and a worried soul Ichabod roused Gunpowder...
gets on "horse".)
Come on, boy.
ICHABOD the reins/bucket rope handle.) ...and set out for home.
STORYTELLERS enter, turn all the trees back to original positions,
leaving the stark black silhouettes. Throughout the scene, they will
perform the necessary sounds, trees, horses, etc., while using the
cymbal for emphasis.)
All the stories of ghosts and goblins now came crowding into his mind.
The night drew darker and darker.
The woman in white!
The stars seemed to sink deeper in the sky. (Music becomes more ominous.)
THE H-h-h-headless... (Cant say it, gulps.) Horse...
horseman. Oooh... Come on, Gunpowder. Come on, boy. (Gunpowder
does not respond but continues in a plodding, rhythmic jaunt.)
Soon he came upon the very spot where Major André was taken prisoner...
...a tree that had since been named, Andres Tree.
tree to center of playing area, whispering.) Ich-a-bod! Ich-a-bod!
falls to his knees, pleading with the tree.) Major André? M-m-major...
Major... I wish you no harm, sir, or ghost... uh... spirit. Please
rest in peace, I only want to pass by. I do not wish to disturb
your... uh... slumber, sir... uh... ghost-sir.
tips Andre's Tree so that it leans over ICHABOD'S head. He looks up,
back onto Gunpowder, closes his eye and prays.) Oh, please let
me pass, oh please let me pass, oh...
swirl trees swirl around him, then freeze. ICHABOD opens his eyes.)
see, Gunpowder? Trees dont move.
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