Mendon residents Steve and Jayme Smith, owners of Stories In Concert Productions, are bringing a show to Cache Valley in late-October that has been seen in Utah before, but never this far north.
Their version of <em>“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in Concert”</em> relies on Washington Irving’s original words, adding music, theatre and a festival to enhance the story and help audiences connect to a tale that is almost 200 years old.
<em>“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in Concert”</em> runs Oct. 19-27 in the arena at the Cache County Fairgrounds. There will be no performances Sunday and Wednesday.
“Steve and I were directors of the Lehi City Choir years ago,” said Jayme Smith, “and we wanted to come up with an original idea to showcase the choir. We came up with the idea of taking a classic story, ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ and we wanted to use the original words and use the choir as the feature.
“We thought it would be fun to bring in some old radio show elements with a sound effects guy and the narration but also bring in some musical elements as well.”
She said the idea was to bring all the elements together in one production, in concert.
“It’s musical theatre meets living history museum,” said Jayme. “It’s a way for an entire family to become immersed in the world of the book and its author.”
The 45-minute running time caters to families who want to experience the performing arts but whose children may not be able to attend a three-hour stage production.
Tickets are $12 each or $60 for groups of six (family ticket). Monday, Oct. 22, group (family) tickets are $36 and on Tuesday, Oct. 23, students can get in for $2 with a valid student ID. Online tickets are available at storiesinconcert.com.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all tickets include admission to the Tarry Town Harvest Festival games and activities. Families arriving early can enjoy hayrides with storytellers, play colonial-era games, make their own whirligig and learn to dance the Virginia reel.
“Make sure you dress really warmly, we will be outside,” said Jayme Smith.
The show begins promptly at 8 p.m.