Savannah Ballet Theatre presents original adaptation of ‘Sleepy Hollow’

Don’t lose your head!

Just in time for Halloween you can experience one of America’s greatest legends come to life as Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman will be set to music in “Sleepy Hollow.” 

The Savannah Ballet Theatre (SBT) will present an original adaptation production of Washington Iving’s classic tale aton Fri., Oct. 29 and Sat., Oct. 30 at the Tybee Post Theater on Tybee Island.

“We are thrilled to return to live performances at the historic Tybee Post Theater and invite Savannah to support this original production,” said SBT artistic director Suzanne Braddy. “The storyline is easy to follow, the music is engaging, and this family-friendly ballet is sure to be a fall favorite!” 

SBT artistic director Suzannah Braddy created SBT’s original one-adaptation of Sleepy Hollow and it has been entertaining audiences and Savannah area critics since its premiere in 2018.

“About five years ago, we came up with this idea called ‘the book to ballet’. We were only going to do ballets based off literature,” said Abby McCuen, the program coordinator at SBT.

After performing a series of two-act ballets like The Little Mermaid, Wizard of Oz and The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe SBT decided to focus on producing a one act ballet.

“The idea of Sleepy Hollow worked. It is a very short book, so it was a perfect fit,” said McCuen.

Sleepy Hollow, set in upstate New York, tells the story of Ichabod Crane and the legend of the Headless Horseman. SBT’s uses their signature storytelling to tell this classic tale of superstition and rivalry with a contemporary spin.

“We are actually using more modern music. We source music from movies and so I just think people will enjoy that. It has a little bit more modern take on it,” said McCuen.

SBT fuses American colonial fantasy with special effects and the talent of SBT’s professional dancers to transform the story and audience experience. 

All the dancers in the show are based in Savannah and are a part of SBT, which is the only professional dance company in Savannah and Southeast Georgia.

McCuen said, “Some of these dancers started here when they were three and four years old, and it’s kind of it’s like a pyramid. Like all these kids start out when they’re younger, and by the time they get to high school, it’s the tip of the pyramid. We try to keep everybody interested by offering different types of dances and that’s our mission here is to invest in dancers of all ages.”

Organizers say SBT’s mission is to develop and showcase the talent of dedicated Savannah dancers alongside top professional dancers who train in the studio and engage in educational outreach and promotion of the art of dance within the community. 

“We are excited to be at the Tybee Post Theater and we are just anxious to get people back into the theater. So, bring a friend and come and just let’s get in the spirit together. Because I think the world needs a little bit, like, a little bit of cozy love right now. So, this is just us attempting to get back to that,” said McCuen.

Experience Sleepy Hollow at 7 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 29 and 1 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 30. Purchase tickets on the events page at tybeeposttheater.org


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