The Oswego Children’s Theater to Present a Twin Bill of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

The Oswego Children’s Theater next production, a twin bill of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, was written by the late Oswego State Theater Professor Rosemary Nesbitt. These plays were part of a series of works written by Mrs. Nesbitt, and performed annually under her direction designed to be performed for children and in many cases by children Often these productions were first introduction to theater for many area residents.

The plays are based on the stories of early American author Washington Irving, set amongst the Dutch farmers of New York’s Hudson valley. The first play tells the tale of the affable but slightly lazy Rip Van Winkle. Rip goes off by himself into the haunted Catskill Mountains after an argument with his wife There he meets the ghostly crew of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon bowling on a mountain top, and after joining them in a drink sleeps for twenty years.

The second show relates the story of the pretentious Icabod Crane. Crane has come to the small community of Sleepy Hollow to teach school, where he quickly attracts the attention of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel. Katrina is impressed with Icabod’s education, but her interest in the teacher arouses the jealousy of her erstwhile beau, Brom Bones. Bones tries to scare away the superstitious Icabod by telling him the tale of the Headless Horseman. The story ends with one of the first chase scenes in American literature, and leaves the audience to decide for themselves what happened to Icabod Crane.

Richard Mosher will direct the First show, “Rip Van Winkle”. Wayne and Kelly Mosher will direct second show, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. Both shows will feature large cast of area children and adults.

The Oswego Children’s Theater production of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” will be presented on October 16, 17, 21st, 23 and 24 at 8:00 PM with matinee performances on October 18, 24 and 25 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors and $5 for Students. . For reservations call 315 342-5265