With Halloween just around the corner, the Nation Ford High School Drama Department's first production of the year is sure to get everyone in the mood.
Ichabod Crane, along with the ghouls and ghosts of Sleepy Hollow, is coming to the Nation Ford stage tonight for the first showing of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. with more shows scheduled through Sunday, Oct. 26.
"We chose this play not only because it fits into the Halloween atmosphere, but because it is well known and it gives people an alternative to visiting a spook house," director Amy Turner said.
Not only has Turner been preparing for the play, but the cast members have also been hard at work readying themselves for the show. Along with the cast and crew, art teacher Deborah Birosik is helping put the play together.
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"Everyone put a lot of work into the play, said sophomore Aaron Pyles, a cast member. "It was really hard for me to memorize my lines and remember all my blocking notes. But I put forth my best effort to make sure everything went smoothly."
For the actors, the long hours of preparation was a bonding experience.
"Acting with my fellow cast members allowed me to connect with them on a personal level and we came together like a family," senior Corey Smiley said.
On the way to getting ready for the bright lights of the Nation Ford auditorium, the cast and crew also competed at South Carolina Theatre Association's High School Play Festival held Oct. 17-19 at Winthrop University. The school, competing with 25 others from around the state, received an "Excellent" rating for the cast's performance.
After six weeks of rehearsal, "I feel that everyone is ready to perform, sophomore Emily Mayhew said. "We just need to keep our energy level high to keep the audience on the edge of their seats."