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Expect some unexpected twists with the spookiness in Halloween-themed production

Jon Esnard as Brom Bones, Avery Davis as Katrina Van Tassel and Chas Pridgen as Ichabod Crane are featured in Theatre Macon’s  production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
Jon Esnard as Brom Bones, Avery Davis as Katrina Van Tassel and Chas Pridgen as Ichabod Crane are featured in Theatre Macon’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Special to The Telegraph

Ready for a classic scary tale told with twists this Halloween?

Theatre Macon offers its take on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” on weekends surrounding the eerie holiday.

For this telling, Theatre Macon’s artistic director, Richard E. Frazier, chose a 2010 adaptation with modern twists.

Then the company added its own.

“Oh, it’s the eerie, creepy Halloween story everyone loves with a headless rider and conflict between suitors, but it has kind of a ‘Stepford Wives’-esque quality that plays on Ichabod Crane being the outsider new to Sleepy Hollow. The residents give the vibe that this is our community, our bubble, and you’re very different. Figuring out and watching how they intertwine adds twists with one very interesting one before it’s over.”

Frazier said the play is a tragicomedy which makes it fun with room for lots of surprises.

Including Theatre Macon’s own.

“We’re doing some new things,” Frazier said. “Things new to me, the cast, the crew and ones I think will be new to our audiences. From the moment you step in the lobby you’ll know exactly where you are and wonder what’s in store.”

He said the production involves “some really fun things with puppetry and theatrical aspects not usually expected in our theater.”

He said one involves a particular on-stage presence. No, not the headless horseman though Frazier said he will certainly present a well-crafted thrill.

“It’s Sue Tomlin, a Macon musician and live fiddle player in our show,” Frazier said. ”She’s not seated off in an orchestra but right on stage as a cast member. I’ve had a blast with what she does and think all the cast agrees. She’s never done anything like this so it was quite a challenge for her but it’s come together so well and adds such an excitement and unique, ethereal sound along with Stuart Wilson’s sound effects.”

Frazier said Tomlin’s playing enhances each segment and most of it is improvised, making each presentation a little different.

“To be onstage, she had to memorize all the music, keep scenes and improvisations in mind and had to learn and keep track of when and where to enter, when and where to move and how to accomplish other stage directions. Plus, she has to remember what’s coming so she can improvise the right feeling or sound. It’s difficult, but she’s so talented. I could say, ‘We need this feel in this section,’ and she’d play the perfect thing every time. It’s been such a treat for me and the cast. This has been such an unusually collaborative project all around, including William Bercini’s props, I’m sure those coming will find it all a special treat, too.”

And no trick. Maybe.

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

Where: Theatre Macon, 438 Cherry St.

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 4

Cost: Adults $25, seniors $20, students $15

Tickets and information: www.theatremacon.com, 478-746-9485

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