The legend continues: Lone Star Ballet brings ‘Sleepy Hollow’ back to Globe-News Center
Lone Star Ballet is bringing “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” back to the stage for a pair of shows just in time for Halloween.
Roxann Seaton and Edgar Tarango, both longtime dancers with LSB, are joining each other on stage once again to revive the roles they played five years ago.
Seaton is dancing as Katrina Van Tassel, the love interest of both Ichabod Crane, played by Tarango, and Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt.
“We know each other’s movements and if we forget something or trip up on something we know that we can deal with it together,” Seaton said.
Seaton and Tarango look forward to bringing added growth and experience to their roles the second time around.
“Doing a ballet the second time definitely comes a lot easier,” laughed Tarango.
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” features a number of mysterious ghosts, haunting music and the notorious Headless Horseman.
Kel Martin plays the roles of “Brom Bones” and the Headless Horseman alongside friend and fellow dancer Boyd Burch, playing Bones’ friend Hans Van Ripper.
The pair danced side-by-side as school children in LSB’s 2012 production of the ballet. The pair have danced together for nearly 10 years and are now taking on roles of greater depth.
“A lot of the choreography has changed to match the level of difficulty we can (now) reach,” Burch said.
Vicki McLean, LSB artistic director, is utilizing the experience of the dancers to add to the ballet.
“It’s exciting when you are working with dancers that created the character in the first place,” McLean said. “It’s fun to take what we had and insert some new things in to kind of refresh it.”
Although McLean has added to the ballet’s ending and refreshed the choreography, some things will remain the same.
When the “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” was performed in 2012, it was one of the first times LSB used a completely projected set.
The ballet will once again use a series of computer-generated backgrounds that move with the dancers.
“It’s very dark and gloomy kind of contemporary stuff,” Martin said.
Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” has inspired wonder since 1820 and the tale of Ichabod Crane and his encounter with the mysterious Headless Horseman has since been associated with Halloween.
McLean said although the nature of the story is spooky, any child brave enough to face traditional Halloween decorations at the grocery store would enjoy the ballet.
“I don’t do any blood and gore,” McLean said. “Everything is insinuated rather than absolute.”