This is a fresh new script that's a treat for all ages (school age and up... maybe even the brave 4 year old?) and blends the elegant, period-piece charm of Washington Irving's story with the fast-paced, funny style of our modern kids' shows - including the popular "chase scene," this time with two wonderful horse-bike-puppets (designed and built by Tom Ferris, Leroy Cupp and Bruce Bennett.)
The "gently haunted village" in the Black Box stage is a theatrical bonus and entertaining "preshow," as audience members arriving early can follow the map on the back of their programs, interact with actors in period costumes, and then be guided through the tunnel to the main auditorium.
Alex Freeman was gallant and engaging as our host, Washington Irving. David Bolton was adorably gawky, gluttonous and fearful as Ichabod Crane, oblivious to the challenges of Brom Bones (Brett Robertson) who was brawny if not brilliant as the rebuffed bully. His "boys," Kyle Sodman, Robert Aultz, and Jason Herington, were an entertaining bunch. Mike Erwine and Kris Pecora were the cutest set of parents to Yvonne Gonzales, recently bumped up to the role of the sought-after Katrina, due to the sudden illness of Heather Harper. (Best wished to Heather; I'm not sure WHO will be playing Katrina next weekend, but both are lovely, and Yvonne charmed her way through the role as if she'd been playing it from the beginning.) Kudos to the all-purpose Tom Ferris who choreographed some fun slapstick moves, as well as adding his touch to all aspects of the show.
Parking can be tricky during the day at Riverwalk, since Impression 5 is open, but remember, you can park in the gravel lot at the end of the Museum-Drive loop behind the RE Olds Museum. Come early for best parking as well to allow time to tour the gently-haunted-village. Show starts at 7pm Fri; 2 & 4:30 Sat; and 2pm Sunday - The village opens about a half hour before each show. This is one the whole family will enjoy. Time to get properly revved for Halloween!