by Randy Dodson
Cast with local talent from Ogdensburg, Huevelton, and Gouverneur, the St. John’s Conservatory Theater Halloween musical KREEPY HALLOW stars Jillian LeBel as Alia Hobbs, Dee Bellinger as Etta Hobbs, and Grace Brunet as Abitha Hobbs, collectively referred to as the “Sisters of the Hobbs.” If the Addams family had creepy kooky cousins, they’d look and act like these gloomy colonial sisters. Peppered with a touch of melancholy and oozing with the macabre, these ethereal sisters appear throughout as a sort of Greek Chorus, singing and commenting with a collective voice on the dramatic action of the musical. Each sister is possessed with a mutual disdain for the ordinary everyday occurrences and yet display an excited exuberance for the ghastly things in life. Birthday parties and social celebrations are quite the bore for this trick-or-treat trio, but the widower who is discovered to have poisoned her husband is their cause célèbre.
Now added to an illustrious list of Brazilia R. Kreep‘s creepy characters such as Parthenia Goste, Kreepy H. Krawler, and Albert T. Krumb, the ghoulish and always humorous Hobbs Sisters are perfect costars for this musical comedy adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic short story, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW.
Alia Hobbs is the sister’s trailblazer. She has little to say to the ordinary folks that do not share her morbid sense of curiosity, and is fearless regarding the bloodcurdling or bizarre. When Alia has something to address, her sisters take note and follow her instructions “to the letter.” Her special skill is the levitation of inanimate objects such as buttons, bows, and bread.
Favorite things: full moons, dried flowers, and rusty nails
Abitha Hobbs is the oldest of the brood. She has cared for her sisters well and has a nurturing assertiveness. Abitha speaks with looks and glances, and can detect danger before it manifests. Abitha also has an imaginary friend named Bo Idle, who haunts the Kreepy Hallow cemetery and the Van Brunt riding stables. Her special skill is clairvoyance.
Favorite things: autumn, graveyards, and nightshade
Etta Hobbs is the youngest and perhaps the strangest of the litter. She is fiercely independent and can lead her sisters into trouble, a trait they all adore. Etta has inherited her sister’s handmade rag-doll named Iphigenia (Pronunciation: if-i-JEN-ee-uh), who has had a somewhat downhearted and unpleasant life. Iphigenia also has a tribe of rogue dolls. Etta’s special skill is ominousness.
Favorite things: ghosts, coffins, and black Licorice