WhyArts Presents a Sleepy Hollow Virtual Storytime and Art Show Extravaganza May 29

Here’s the Zoom link to the virtual party:

Sleepy Hollow Virtual Storytime and Art Show Extravaganza
Friday, May 29, 2020
6:00 to 8:00pm

  • Virtual red carpet begins at 6:00pm
  • Main event begins at 6:30ish pm

Meeting ID: 810 2444 1623
Password: WhyArts

About the Extravaganza

Please join WhyArts, Kim Jubenville, Barber and the Kids on the Block for a virtual party you’ll be talking about for weeks! It’s a storytime and art show all in one. Listen to Ben Beck’s adaptation of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” view/purchase original illustrations of iconic scenes from the story, support WhyArts teaching artists and help WhyArts Executive Director Kim Jubenville celebrate her 65th birthday during this one-time-only extravaganza!

The evening will begin promptly at 6pm with a virtual red carpet. Kim and WhyArts teaching artist Barber, along with her puppet co-hosts (Stephanie Anderson, Nils Haaland and Theresa Sindelar), will be interviewing all the amazing talent involved in the project.

At 6:30ishpm, listen to the bone-chilling adventures of Ichabod Crane as narrated and directed by Beck. Kim, Nils Haaland and Cork Ramer will take on the roles of different characters. An original score composed by Tim Vallier will be available for purchase. Special thanks to Tom McLaughlin, Matt Bross and Nils for their sound mixing and editing wizardry.

Throughout the evening, you can browse the companion art gallery and see which one (or ones) you want to take home! Below is a list of participating artists:

  • Brandon Mass
  • Hugo Zamorano
  • Pamela Conyers-Hinson
  • Julie Sopsack
  • Joe Broghammer
  • Christine Reilly
  • Amanda Calliau
  • Holly Lukasiewicz
  • Paula Wallace
  • Bill Hoover
  • Felicia Webster
  • Sarah Rowe
  • Barber
  • Ellen Struve
  • Celeste Butler
  • Shawnequa Linder
  • Jill Anderson
  • Mike Giron
  • Donnis Arens
  • Richard Chung
  • Thomas McLaughlin
  • Abby Phoenix

All those who attend the virtual party are encouraged to make a donation to the WhyArts Artist Fund. Proceeds from the night will be split between all the participating non-visual artists.

Browse the Sleepy Hollow Art Gallery


About the Director

Ben Beck is an award-winning actor and playwright. Recent onstage works include Holmes in Baskerville! at the Bellevue Little Theatre, Hannay in The 39 Steps at the Blue Barn Theater, Actor 1 in Around the World in 80 Days at the Omaha Community Playhouse and Max in Bent for SNAP! Productions. He has toured the United States as a performer with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan and Nebraska Shakespeare. He wrote and directed Crash! Boom! Pow! for the Shelterbelt Theatre and received an OEA award for Best Premiere of a New/Original Play. His TAG award winning one-act – Chekhov’s Gun – premiered on the Shelterbelt stage and was later produced by Encompass Productions in London. Ben has a BA in Theatre (acting/directing emphasis) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

It’s been a joy to adapt/direct this work. I spent a great deal of this process feeling chills up my spine. From a bizarre reading of a line from an actor, to a haunting pulse of horns from a composer, to the groaning wind from a sound designer. On top of it all, beautiful artwork floods in, dazzling and hypnotic. It’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced. I am in awe of the talent we’ve assembled. I’m humbled by their generosity and hard work. I hope we give you chills as well. I mean, not the bad chills. The good ones.

– Ben Beck

About the Composer

Tim Vallier is an Omaha native composer, performer and technical artist. His most recent works include composing original music for the Omaha Community Playhouse productions of Native Gardens, A Raisin in the Sun, Sweat, Of Mice and Men and Ripcord. He previously appeared as Beast in Beauty and the Beast at OCP. Offstage, Tim served as the technical artist for Rock Twist (2017–19) and Yesterday and Today (2017-19). Other credits include music director for Gutenberg: The Musical with the Candy Project, Mark Cohen in RENT with SNAP! Productions, Raoul in Eating Raoul at Shelterbelt Theatre (TAG Award) and as a technical artist for Metallica World Tour. Tim has a Ph.D. in music composition from Stony Brook University and works remotely as a software development manager for Chicago based Paylocity. Tim considers himself a morning person, often waking up at 5am to work on creative pursuits for a few hours. Tim enjoys spending time with his family watching movies, reading and playing video games with his two sons.

 I was thrilled when Ben Beck invited me to be a part of this project. Being in quarantine and disconnected from any creative pursuits was disheartening, but getting to be a contributor for this project has helped fill the artistic gap. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of passing ideas back and forth digitally and seeing this project come alive from a distance. It’s been inspiring to see the audio and visual mediums enhance one another from many different artists all experiencing a similar situation due to the virus. I really appreciate the opportunity and look forward to the next all-digital project we all get to work on together.

– Timothy Vallier

Preview and Purchase the Original Score

Original Sleepy Hollow Soundtrack