Heads will roll and myths will come alive at the Delaware City Community Center this weekend as the Reedy Point Players spooks audiences with their latest production, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The show kicks off Friday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m.


Heads will roll and myths will come alive at the Delaware City Community Center this weekend as the Reedy Point Players spooks audiences with their latest production, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The show kicks off Friday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m.

The tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman has been gracing stages and movie screens for ages, but the Reedy Point Players will put a new spin on the classic tale starting this weekend.

Written and directed by Delaware City resident Jake Hunter, this stage adaptation is an original work that makes a few changes here and there to the original short story by Washington Irving.

Hunter said his main mission with this work was to stay true to Irving’s great narrative.

“I want audiences to take away the legend of the horseman,” he said. “One of the great lines in the story is ‘Men may break, heroes may fall, but legends never die.’ I really wanted to keep that feel to it.”

Hunter, who is making his directing debut with this show, said while the production is intended to be dark and frightening, much of the show will have viewers laughing their heads off.

“Aside from being a good show, it’s a really nice family atmosphere,” he said. “I really like writing scripts to shows that community members will come out and see and then want to see again and again.”

Hunter said with a cast of 17, the production has brought out many great local actors, and audiences will be delighted by every performance.

“Each character has their own unique personality, and each actor has really brought their own take to that character,” he said. “They really put their heart into creating my vision.”

Delaware City resident Kevin Austra, who plays Ichabod Crane, said this is his first lead role. While he’s nervous, he’s just as excited to play Ichabod.

“It’s nice playing the nerd or the scaredy cat,” he said. “He’s very superstitious and gets scared of anything that looks mysterious. But even though he’s the nerd, he’s sly in a sense.”

Austra said “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a show that viewers of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.

“It’s really comical, but scary at the same time, and there’s a range of characters that people can relate to,” he said. “It’s one of those productions that holds a lot of family fun.”

Hunter said as the curtain gets ready to rise, he’s excited for audiences to come and enjoy his work.

“I’m very proud of this piece and of all the actors and crew involved,” he said. “It’s coming along nicely, and I can’t wait for people to see it.”