Youths to present comedic, modern take on 'Sleepy Hollow'

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The Carriage Place Children's Theater and Grandview Players will perform The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Drive by Dublin fifth-grader Treya Moore in the Shedd Theater Oct. 11-13. Central Ohio students involved include (from left) Cassidy Byron, Dublin; Moore; Aliya Lewis, Dublin; Kyle Moore, Grandview Heights; Maggy Hamen, Hilliard; Benito-Marcil Montoto, Clintonville; Jonathan Crump, German Village; and Dante-Marcil Montoto, Clintonville.
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Dublin Riverside Elementary School fifth-grader Treya Moore is no stranger to the stage, but next month can add playwright to her resume.

Moore, with the help of her mother, Heather, penned The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Drive which will be staged by the Carriage Place Children's Theater and Grandview Heights Players Oct. 11-13 in the Shedd Theater in the Columbus Performing Arts Center.

"I don't usually get scripts from kids," said John Heisel, production director and Columbus Recreation and Parks employee.

"We came up with an idea about it being anti-bullying month in October and Treya and her mother working on a script about updating the Sleepy Hollow story and adding an anti-bullying message."

Treya and Heather worked out an agreement with the script: Treya would write everything, but adult dialogue.

"I was really impressed," Moore said of her daughter. "She worked for hours."

"It was fun," Treya added.

The script was done in three or four weeks, but a few more characters were added later to allow for more actors.

Treya has never written a lot, but she said the script is a comedic, modern take on the Sleepy Hollow story with middle school students and teachers.

"Everyone is afraid of Sleepy Hollow Drive, even the bullies and the kid everyone is afraid of," she said. "A new girl, Lydia, moves in and she loves Sherlock Holmes. She's got a scientific mind."

When middle school teacher Ichabod Crane comes in to school sleepy and admits to being chased by the headless horseman, Lydia decides to investigate.

"It's Scooby-Doo without the dog," Heather Moore said of the story.

"Kids are so in tune with the world now a days," Heisel said. "It's amazing how soon they are looking at serious topics.

"I'm very fortunate to get to work with young creative minds like that."

Treya Moore boasts four years of acting and counts her roles in Alice in Wonderland as the Doormouse or Jim in Treasure Island as her favorites.

In the Legend of Sleepy Hollow Drive, Moore will play snarky student Angela. Seeing her words performed on the stage will be different, though.

"It's kind of nice," she said. "I'm proud of myself."

"Students should get the experience of performing on real theater stages and get the full effect," Heisel said.

"Giving a young writer the experience of seeing her work come to real life like this is once in a full moon."

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Drive will take of stage of the Shedd Theater, 549 Franklin Avenue, at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 13.

Tickets to the show are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at tinyurl.com/CPSleepyHollow.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Kaleidoscope Youth Center, which works to combat bullying in Columbus.

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