The topic of this week’s The History Twins podcast is Washington Irving‘s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and storytelling duo Carla and Keyes discuss the classic 1819 tale of a headless goblin that haunts Sleepy Hollow, in the town of Mount Pleasant, Westchester County, NY, in search of his missing head.
Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” tells the story of Tarrytown, a place where strange things happen and the townsfolk seem entranced by spirits and ghouls. It is the story of Ichabod Crane, a teacher who comes to live in Tarrytown, and becomes the victim of the dreaded “headless horseman” who allegedly haunts nearby Sleepy Hollow. No fall season is complete without the telling of this autumnal classic.
In addition to composing the original score that he uses to accompany storyteller Jonathan Kruk October evenings at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside estate. Jim Keyes is also the daytime storyteller of his own version of the “Headless Horseman” story. In the last two productions of Kruk’s Legend presented by Historic Hudson Valley, Carla has played a ghoul, as well as a puppeteer.
Carla and Keyes also discuss the research and creative process that went into their performances of “The Headless Horseman.”
The History Twins podcast teaches that history is more than just dates and dead people. It’s for people interested in history, and the creative process involved in bringing history to life through performance.
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You can watch the conversation on YouTube here.
The History Twins podcast teaches that New York history is more than just dates and dead people. It’s for people interested in history, and the creative process involved in bringing history to life through performance. It is a production of Gentle Giant Music Productions.
You will find more stories at CarlaandKeyes.com.
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