St. John’s Conservatory Theater to present the musical comedy 'Kreepy Hollow' Oct. 26-29 in Ogdensburg
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:02 am

OGDENSBURG -- St. John’s Conservatory Theater, now in its fourth season, has cast their all-original musical comedy “Kreepy Hollow.”

Based on Washington Irving's classic short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” this fall production will open Thursday, Oct. 26, and run through the weekend Oct. 29, with matinees planned for Saturday and Sunday at the OFA Auditorium.

Talent from the North Country

Cast with local talent from Ogdensburg, Huevelton, Morristown, Watertown and Lisbon, “Kreepy Hollow” stars Macy Murdock as Alia Hobb, Ava Rutherford as Ravinia Hobb, Caroline Silver as Etta Hobb, Grace Brunet as Tabitha Hobb, and Richard O’Donnell as the narrator Diedrich Knickerbocker.

The cast also includes Angela Conzone Dwyer as Ichaboda Krane, Christopher Dwyer as Bartholomeus Van tassel, Shelly Murdock as Electra Van Brunt, Tessa Harper as Eurella The Blue Witch, Eric Robinson as Thaddeus Frye, Christopher Rodriguez as Abner Frye, Maddison Cameron as Amias Moore, Gabriella Ott as Charity Smyth, Logan Carr as Chastity Smyth; and

Mia LaBelle as Comfort Cooke, Madison Miller as Constance Cooke, Delia Payne as Felicity Caldwell, Calea LeBel as Mercy Caldwell, Angela Schembry as Oheo Seneca, Hailey Weber as Parthenia Jones, Gerard Powers as Emory Jones, Samantha Holt as Prudence Miller, Stephen Chambers as Isham Miller, and Ryan Woodard as Nochal Head, the town crier.

Karen Fiscbeck and Maddison Cameron are from Heuvelton. Richard O’Donnell, Angela and Christopher Dwyer, Shelly and Macy Murdock, Tessa Harper, Stephen Cambers, Christopher Rodriguez, Gabriella Ott, Tonya Ott, Madison Miller, Delia Payne, Hailey Weber, Gerard Powers, Samantha Holt, Ryan Woodard, Ryan McNally, Mia Labelle, Richard Patton are from Ogdensburg.

Heron Hetzler is from Potsdam. Barry Pratt is from Watertown. Grace Brunet is from Morristown. Ava Rutherford is from Madrid. Caroline Silver is from Canton. Eric Robinson and Angelina Schembry are from Lisbon. Calea LaBel is from Logan.

A Celebrated playwright

“Kreepy Hollow” is a musical comedy featuring an original book, music and lyrics by award-winning playwright and composer Richard O’Donnell under his nom de plume B. R. Kreep.

O’Donnell has penned over a dozen full-scale musicals produced here, Chicago, and New York City where he received 3 ASCAP Awards for his Off-Broadway musical comedy “One & One.”

A playwright in the tradition of Edward Gorey, “Kreepy Hollow” is reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Gothic ingenuity, and is well suited for this upcoming Halloween season.

Same story, different attitude

Set in the 1860’s along the St. Lawrence River, when the first appointed female teacher, Miss Ichaboda Krane, takes over the ghostly schoolroom built on-top of a sacred Iroquois burial ground.

With a classroom filled with eclectic children, her “eye” on Bartholomeus Van Tassel, a few unexpected guests, and a jealous local woman Electra Van Brunt watching her every move, Miss Ichaboda Krane’s Halloween celebration turns into a most haunting affair.

Narrated by Diedrich Knickerbocker and macabre Hobb Sisters, “Kreepy Hollow” tells the tale of Ichaboda Krane’s encounter with all things that go bump in the night as the dreadful Headless Horseman rides again.

“Kreepy Hollow” principal creative staff includes producing artistic director Mr. O’Donnell, musical director and choreographer Angela Conzone Dwyer, vocal arranger and digital orchestrator OFA graduate Ryan C. McNally, scenic and prop designer Stephen Chambers, costume and makeup designer Karen Fischbeck, assistant costumer Heron Hetzler, technical director and production coordinator Christopher Dwyer, sound designer Richard Patton, lighting designer Barry Pratt, and props master Tonya Ott.

Collectively they have more than five decades of professional theatrical and academic experience including regional, stock, bus and truck, off-off-Broadway, off-Broadway, and Broadway stages.

St. John’s Conservatory Theater is a non-for-profit company of actors, artisans, and artists. It is their vision to create educational, inspirational, and professional opportunities for local talent of all ages while presenting original musicals based on literature, folklore, and legend.