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Sleepy Hollow Theatre Alumni Celebrate 25 Years

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Night after night the stage is set for young performers to "break-a-leg" at Sleepy Hollow Theatre.

The outdoor arts park turns 25 this summer. And players say even after all these years there's nothing quite like it.

"Being outside is definitely a great experience and feeling too, as opposed to indoor theater. I've done a lot of that and this experience is a completely different sensation," says performer Karsten Pudwill.

"You come outside and there are no walls. You are just out there with the sky and it's wonderful, and so it's a very liberating experience," says Sleepy Hollow Co-founder Susan Lundberg.

Connie Stordalen performed in the Hollow's first production, "Annie Get Your Gun."

"My favorite part was just being able to do something that I loved so much, which was sing and still love to do as well as just being able to share that with my friends. That was the best and I have very fond memories," says Stordalen.

The organization has alumni all over the world.

Anne Wieben got her start at the Hollow in 1993 and is now a professional opera singer in Vienna, Austria.

"Those six summers I was able to spend on stage really got me interested in the performing arts and pursuing a career in the performing arts and experience is absolutely the best teacher. You don't know whether you really like something unless you try it. And so I was very fortunate to get to try it at a very young age and I loved it so much and had such positive experiences out here, really fantastic directors, great colleagues, great musicians that I thought I'm going to give it a try, I'm going to pursue the performing arts," says Wieben.

"There's lots of things that happen behind the scenes that mean maybe just as much to that young person as being onstage," says Lundberg.

Lundberg says she hopes the Hollow continues to grow to serve the community.

"We started right off the bang with classes, which we still do and productions and then we've expanded productions, we've expanded activities, we've expanded it into a concert season this year," says Lundberg.

She says anything is possible with good people and a willingness to learn.

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