Sleepy Hollow a musical tale

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This new musical version of the classic Washington Irving story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - is a modern-day spin on a classic tale.

The show begins in the present day on Halloween night and is transformed into Sleepy Hollow (18th century New Amsterdam, New York) for the bulk of the show, and then returns to the present day.

Three modern-day children find themselves right in the middle of all the odd characters, traditions, ghosts and goblins of Sleepy Hollow, and even confront the infamous Headless Horseman himself in an attempt to return home.

The show runs as a one-act, but can be divided into two parts, depending upon your theatre’s needs.

Running time: 70 minutes


On Halloween night,  when three modern-day kids decide to trIck or treat at the old "Crane House," they are magically transported right into the middle of the classic tale of Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, Katie Van Tassel, and - of course - the Headless Horseman! Lots of spooky and hilarious moments in this far-out time travel tale, as the three kids cope with life in 1790,  goblins, and how to find their way back home.

Author Info

Janet Yates Vogt(Books, Music & Lyrics by)

Janet Yates Vogt has been a writer, composer and lyricist all of her life.  She credits her career today to her family’s support, the guidance of many wonderful directors and producers, and to her many outstanding teachers – from her first grade teacher who notated Janet's first songs and taught them to the class to sing – to her inspiring piano teachers to her professors at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where her studies were centered upon piano performance and music theory. A pivotal moment happened when her writing partner, Mark Friedman, called the CCM placement service looking for a keyboard player for his band -- Janet auditioned, was hired by Mark, and a fruitful partnership began. Both inspired each other to compose, and together they are known nationally and internationally not only for their musical theatre works, but also for their numerous publications in many different musical genres, including vocal music for children and choral works for adults.  Janet's educational keyboard books and methods have been translated into French, Japanese and German. A teacher at heart, Janet still coaches piano and voice students, and is a featured speaker and presenter at many national music conventions and events. In 2005, both she and her partner, Mark, were named National Music Educators of the Year. Janet and Mark's collaboration took a career-changing turn one night after they had just completed a large recording project for one of their publishers when Mark turned to Janet and said "I think we should write that musical now."  The time was right to finally compose a work in their favorite genre – since between them they had directed, produced, music-directed, acted and played in the pits of numerous shows. A few days later they settled upon ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and they began what continues to be a very fulfilling creative journey.  "Anne" has played at many theatres across the country -- most notably as the 2010-2011 holiday show at the Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington (Robb Hunt, producer), The Barter Theatre in Abingdon VA (Richard Rose, director) and the Victoria Theatre in Dayton, Ohio (Kevin Moore, director).  Their Junior Version has entertained audiences at notable children's theatres as well. Janet and Mark’s extremely popular musical adaptation of Melinda Long's best-selling children's book HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, was commissioned by First Stage Theatre (Milwaukee) in 2008 and has been rollicking its way across many stages, including Cape Rep, the Des Moines Playhouse, Riverside Theatre, Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, and many more. Their powerful and moving musical, HARRIET AND SAM, captures the times and events of pre and post Civil War America as seen through the eyes of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain, and has met with critical acclaim for its timely themes of freedom and human rights. A new work in development, TENDERLY, is based upon the life and career of Rosemary Clooney featuring a two-person cast and was recently work-shopped at the Human Race Theatre (Equity) in Dayton, Ohio as part of the Race’s three-show summer musical theatre festival which also featured a new work by prize-winning playwright Brian Yorkey. The debut of TENDERLY was met with critical acclaim and great enthusiasm with audience members moved by Clooney’s inner strength and her triumph over the many challenges she faced during her life. Janet and Mark have also penned a humorous, irreverent and satirical look at married relationships with their musical cabaret, WAR GAMES: MARRIAGE ON THE FRONT LINES - lovingly dubbed by critics as the "musical in need of an intervention!" Their holiday show EBENEZER (a musical version of A Christmas Carol) has been delighting audiences for the past five years. SLEEPY HOLLOW: A MUSICAL TALE, commissioned by Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, premiered on Halloween 2010 and has just been added to Columbus Children’s Theatre upcoming season. Janet and Mark are represented by Bill Craver, Paradigm Agency, New York and are proud to be part of the TRW family.  For more information, log onto

Mark Friedman(Books, Music & Lyrics by)

Composer, lyricist, and playwright Mark Friedman fell in love with musicals at an early age when he and his brothers built their own theatre in the basement of their home - complete with lighting grid and sound system – performing for family and friends in the neighborhood.  With a Bachelors degree in Education and a Master of the Arts, Mark has been a both a successful teacher and educator as well as a musician, vocalist, actor and director.  He was the co-founder of Cincinnati’s first free Shakespeare Festival in the Park and helped create Peanut Butter Theatre for Children which featured original musicals and a brown bag lunch. Mark produced a touring theatre group for inner-city schools called The Good News Company  and toured the country as an actor and musician with the Fountain Square Fools. A composer and studio producer, Mark has many songs and recordings published worldwide in books and catalogs - he has written music, scripted and hosted events for national conventions - and is a sought after speaker at music and education seminars around the country.  In 2005, Mark was distinguished as National Music Educator of the Year.  For many years, Mark has been successfully writing and composing with collaborator Janet Yates Vogt - and in addition to their musical How I Became a Pirate, they have produced several other works for both adults and young audiences which are playing across the country. Their Anne of Green Gables  was produced twice Off-Broadway at the York Theatre, and had successful runs at the Barter Theatre in VA, the Victoria Theatre in OH, and the Village Theatre in WA, among many others.  Harriet and Sam, a powerful story capturing the events of Civil War America as seen through the eyes of Harriet Beecher Stowe and hr neighbor Mark Twain, was commissioned by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Festival in 2003. Ebenezer, a musical version of “A Christmas Carol,” has been delighting audiences since 2005.  Also in 2005, a humorous, and satirical look at married relationships - War Games: Marriage On The Front Lines premiered at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. How I Became a Pirate was commissioned in 2009 by First Stage Theatre in Milwaukee and has since played to delighted audiences from Cape Cod to Las Vegas. Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale, premiered in 2010 at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, and a new work in development entitled Tenderly, based on the life and career of Rosemary Clooney, was work-shopped in the summer of 2010 at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, OH, and is in further development.  Mark is a member of the Dramatist Guild and is represented by Bill Craver, Paradigm Agency, New York.

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A Musical Tale
Book, Music & Lyrics by
Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman

 A new telling of the Washington Irving classic

Casting Information



AMY - Older – 12 or 13ish – nice and super-smart

CHARLIE - Older – 14 or 15ish – bossy, a know-it-all and pushes around the other two kids

IRVING - Younger – 8 or 9ish – cute kid


TRUDY - Woman of the town – mother of ABBEY, BEN, WASHINGTON

ICHABOD CRANE/OLD ICHABOD - Schoolmaster – tall, awkward, in love with KATIE – frightened of his own shadow

KATIE (KATRINA VAN TASSEL) - Pretty, enamored with ICHABOD, intrigued with BROM BONES - but skeptical that either one is really right for her
(KATIE Can also double as DUTCH WIFE 2)

BROM BONES - 18th Century Hunk, self-indulgent, in love with KATIE and himself

DUTCH WIFE 1 - Sort of a “do-wopp” backup chorus of women caricatures of the Dutch Wives - funny     
DUTCH WIFE 2 - Sort of a “do-wopp” backup chorus of women caricatures of the Dutch Wives - funny
DUTCH WIFE 3 - Sort of a “do-wopp” backup chorus of women caricatures of the Dutch Wives - funny           

RUSTIC LAD 1/MODERN COP - BROM BONES loyal followers who worship him
RUSTIC LAD 2 - BROM BONES loyal followers who worship him
RUSTIC LAD 3 - BROM BONES loyal followers who worship him


ABBEY - 18th Century child
BEN - 18th Century child   
WASHINGTON - 18th Century child
SOFIE/EMILY - 18th Century child

ASSORTED TOWNSPEOPLE OR CHILDREN - Can be added or not at the discretion of the Director


Orchestral Info

Accompaniment CD

Piano-Vocal Score


One (or two if desired)

Running time: 70 minutes


Upcoming Shows

April 11 - 18, 2015
Spokane Civic Theatre
Spokane, WA 99205