SLEEPY HOLLOW Continues, ROCKY HORROR Waits in the Wings

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 17, 2014

Last Saturday night was the closing performance of our 32nd season opener, On the Town, which meant the set had to be “struck.” What could be salvaged was saved and stored, the props put away, and the costumes sorted into piles to be washed or sent to Royal Cleaners.

Dr. George Mabry came to see our production of On the Town. He praised us not only for attempting to produce such an iconic American work, but for pulling it off so seamlessly. That was a compliment which will, in my mind, be cherished and long remembered.

The cast and crew left the theatre in the wee hours of Sunday morning, having tirelessly painted the entire stage black. The brightly multicolored decoupage buildings of 1940 Manhattan — so artfully created over a number of weeks by summer interns Jesse Boyle, Addisyn Bryant, Kourtni Cottrell, Bre Cox, Grace Davis, Julio Iguina-Pascual, Allison Ferebee, Riley Jenkins, Truman Jepson, Jacob Johnson, Emma Justice, Ashley Knowles, Regan Lawton, Sidney McCarty, Lauren Mund, Madeline O’Connor, Georgia Smith, Austin Stewart, Jewel Stewart and Amy Wyer — were turned into a great black void waiting patiently for its next look, that of fall and pumpkins in an 18th century New England countryside, a perfect backdrop for Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

All of Monday was spent with friend Janet Mund in hanging greens, setting up cross-tie fences, and shifting large faux cabinets (so expertly painted by Amber Wallace) depicting the wealth and culinary delights of the Van Tassels of Sleepy Hollow.

Behind the pale blue drop which represents the night sky of Sleepy Hollow (reworked and repaired numerous times with the help of Meredith Gildrie), a dilapidated and decaying proscenium arch is being reconstructed for our revival of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Featuring Michael Spaziani recreating his role as Dr. Frank N. Furter, with newcomer Chase Miller as Rocky, Cameron Perry as Brad, Elena Pascullo as Janet, Ryan Bowie as Riff Raff, Allie McCaw as Magenta, Laura Donnelly as Columbia, Ryan Leyhue as Eddie, and yours truly as Dr. Scott, The Rocky Horror Show opens for a limited run next Friday, October 24, and plays a special Halloween midnight showing on Friday, October 31.

Our rehearsal space, performance area and scene shop, not to mention storage, all happen on a 25′ x 20′ raised platform — our stage.

Today we have three performances of Sleepy Hollow, two field trips (which I love, an opportunity to enliven and enrich the lives of young people who will see, and hopefully read, this charming classic) and a public evening performance. The cast — Tommy Winters, Leslie Greene, Cameron Perry, Allie McCaw and Michael Spaziani — is superb, all my favorite people performing on a simple set a classic ghost story written by one of America’s favorite writers, Washington Irving. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow continues tonight at 8pm, tomorrow at 2pm and 8pm, and next Saturday, October 25, at 2pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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