Step through the wardrobe with Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy and watch as DreamWrights’ main stage is transformed into the land of Narnia. It’s the classic tale of good vs. evil in the well-known children’s book The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Guest directed by Amanda Nowell, this double-cast production is the first on DreamWrights’ main stage in 2020 and opens Feb. 14. Nowell’s excited about bringing Narnia and its costumes to life for this show, especially the animals and the makeup.
The book was one of Nowell’s favorites growing up. “I think the story is not only interesting and fun for all ages, but has a lot of great themes, such as good vs. evil, betrayal, compassion, and family. The actors can really delve into their characters and create a deep and meaningful production.”
From the moment the doors are opened for the first time by young Lucy, audience members will be transported to the frozen world of Narnia, full of 1,000 handmade icicles made from bubble wrap.
The show is part of DreamWrights’ 2020 season with the theme Finding Common Ground. “Finding common ground is extremely important to the children once they enter Narnia,” Nowell said. “They must learn to trust these animals they are meeting for the first time while taking their rightful places as leaders of the new world they have encountered. They all must work together to defeat the witch so that peace can be restored to their world.”
Of course, defeating the White Witch comes with some stage combat moves the two companies have been perfecting with the help of our
Knowing that this story holds a special place in many people’s hearts, Nowell said she hopes they walk away reminiscing about this story and what it was like the first time they entered the world of Narnia and met the great lion Aslan.
“The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is truly a timeless tale for people of all ages,” said Artistic Director Lori Koenig. “Everyone involved has worked to create a beautiful show and you will not want to miss it. A perfect Valentine’s treat about the power of love and faith.”
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe runs from Feb. 14 through 23 with shows at 7 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 or $16 in advance and $2 more at the door. Tickets can be purchased without fees at DreamWrights.org.