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By Randy Dodson
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KREEPY HALLOW A HOWLING SUCCESS

 

Last updated 11/2/2015 at 4:36am

Jillian LeBel as Alia Hobbs, Hailey Weber as Parthenia Goste, Dee Bellinger as Etta Hobbs, and Grace Brunet as Abitha Hobbs in Brazillia R. Kreep's KREEPY HALLOW!

Last weekend, Brazillia R. Kreep's hauntingly original musical KREEPY HALLOW opened to packed houses and wholehearted crowds. If you missed this Halloween-themed family entertainment, no worries as final performances are this Friday and Saturday at 7pm with a Sunday matinee at 2pm.

Based on Washington Irving's frightful fare THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, KREEPY HALLOW delivers an innovative twist on the classic Halloween fable. "There are a lot of great characters not seen in the original story," states Heuvelton actress Dee Bellinger, "Such as the Hobbs Sisters. I play the eerie younger sister Etta Hobbs. I have an old hand-me-down dolly named Iphigenia (Pronunciation: if-i-JEN-ee-uh) with a detachable head and I love eating black licorice. If the Addams family had creepy kooky cousins, they'd look and act just like the Hobbs Sisters."

Peppered with a touch of the macabre, these ethereal musical sisters appear throughout KREEPY HALLOW as a sort of Greek Chorus, singing and commenting with a collective voice on the dramatic action of the play. Jillian LeBel (from Ogdensburg) plays Alia Hobbs and Grace Brunet (also from Ogdensburg) plays Abitha Hobbs, who all display an excited exuberance for the ghastly things in life. "I'm the class clown in the play, and I'm still frightened by their stares and spooky giggles," declares Gouverneur actor Cole Siebels who plays Kreepy Elementary School student Thaddeus Frye. "If the audience didn't laugh at them as much as they do, they'd be downright scary."

In fact, KREEPY HALLOW is more of a reimagining than a pure adaptation of the original Irving short story, "The playwright switched genders and so Ichabod is now Ichaboda," adds actress Angela Conzone Dwyer who plays Ichaboda Krane, she also serves as choreographer and executive musical director for the play, "The result is very entertaining as my character really stirs things up in the sleepy town of KREEPY HALLOW. St. John's Conservatory Theater loves gender-bending, giving women the opportunity to play roles out of classic literature usually reserved for men. It's another reason I love working here."

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 Brazillia R. Kreep himself, KREEPY HALLOW 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 HALLOW also stars R O'Donnell as narrator Brazillia R. Kreep, Hailey Weber as Parthenia Goste, Myah Myers as Felicity Caldwell, Christopher Rodriguez as Abner Frye, Haley Dawley as Mercy Faith, Grace Wills as Oheo Seneca, Meghan Gardner as Chasity Smyth, Emma Murray as Charity Smyth, Christopher Dwyer as Bartholomeus Van tassel, Shelly Murdock as Electra Van Brunt, and Ryan Woodard as the Town Crier.

With musical direction and choreography by Angela Conzone Dwyer, musical arrangements by Ryan C. McNally, set and prop designs by Stephen Chambers, costumes and makeup by Karen Fischbeck Carmany with additional costumes by Ann Losurdo, stage managed by Sadie Smith, technical direction and production coordination by Christopher Dwyer, and directed by Richard O'Donnell, "KREEPY HALLOW" is spooky kooky family fun.

Other vital JCT personnel include Rector Fr. Michael O'Donnell, assistant stage manager Baily Durham, assistant technical director Ryan Woodard, assistant costumer and props Hannah Murray, assistant set dresser Pat Kelly, house manager Sheila LaMere, and general manager Bill LaMere.

Final Show times are Friday and Saturday evenings October 23, 24 at 7 PM and October 25 at 2 PM. Tickets cost $15 at the door (suggested donation), or $10 at brownpapertickets.com. JCT is located on the second floor of St. John's Parish House, on the corner of Franklin and Knox streets in Ogdensburg. For more information, please visit St John's Conservatory Theater's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stjohnsconservatorytheater.

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