Young actors prepare for Sleepy Hollow

THIS year’s Theatre Royal Bath youth summer production is a new adaptation of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, on stage at the egg from  24th to 27th August.

From Monday 7th, a company of 30 young actors will be rehearsing the play, written by Bristol-based Miriam Battye specially for the summer school, which celebrates  30 years of youth theatre at the Theatre Royal.

The specially commissioned version of Irving’s spooky 18th Century  story of the New York village haunted by the ghostly figure of the Headless Horseman will see the egg theatre transformed into the haunting, leafy forest of Sleepy Hollow. The story was made into a Hollywood film in 1999, starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton.

The young actors, aged from 12 to 18, will spend three weeks with professional directors, choreographers, musicians and technicians to create this full-scale production for public performance. The students will work with the TRB Theatre School’s director John East and Cameron Carver, a director and choreographer who has recently worked as movement director on La Strada at The Other Palace and as assistant director on Trojan Women at the Bristol Old Vic. The costumes and set will be designed and created by a young team under the guidance of Alison McDowall, who has worked on costumes for Wicked, and designed for the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.

The 30th anniversary will be marked with a gala performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Friday 25th August, to which many of those involved with the youth theatre and theatre school over the last 30 years will be invited.

The production is suitable for audiences aged seven years and older.

Performances at the egg are nightly at 7pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. For more information, telephone  01225 448844 or 823409  or visit the website, www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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