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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre produces 'Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale'

October 19, 2015
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The "Headless Horseman" from the musical "Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale" "out and about" in downtown Grand Rapids. Photo via

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is getting into the Halloween spirit with a production of a favorite Halloween-time tale — with a modern-day musical twist.

The theater, or GRCT, will present “Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale” from Oct. 23-Nov. 1.

The Washington Irving classic has been updated with a “musical twist.”

Allyson Paris, GRCT associate director, described the music as “outstanding” and said the production is filled with “modern pop-themed songs.”

The production

This updated spin begins in the present day on Halloween night as three children find themselves thrust into the mysterious village of Sleepy Hollow, in colonial New England.

The children encounter a slew of colorful characters and have a confrontation with the infamous "Headless Horseman" himself.

As the children sing and dance their way through the world of the 18th century, they find the origins for traditions that are celebrated today as they unveil the haunting allure of the legend of Sleepy Hollow.

“Our cast has approached this show as a blend between a Tim Burton film and a 'Scooby-Doo' episode,” Paris said.

Children welcome

The production is recommended for children ages seven and up.

Children attending the Oct. 31 matinee showing at 2 p.m. are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes. GRCT said the first 200 children will receive special Halloween treats.


Tickets range from $10 to $16.

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