The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, four young evacuees from war-torn London, arrive at a rambling old country house, home of the eccentric Professor Kirk and his sharp-tongued housekeeper Mrs. Macready. The children are shown to the spare room, which is empty but for a large wardrobe and, while the others go off exploring the house, Lucy opens the wardrobe, pushes through the fur coats and finds herself by a lamppost in a snow-covered wood. Befriended by a faun (Mr. Tumnus) who appears suddenly, she learns that she is in the strange land of Narnia, where it is permanently Winter, but never Christmas, thanks to a spell cast by the wicked White Witch.

When Lucy returns from Narnia and tells the others of her adventure, they initially refuse to believe her story, but Edmund follows her into the wardrobe and meets the Witch, who promises to make him King if he leads his brother and sisters to her castle. Finally Peter and Susan also arrive, by which time the powers of evil have gained the ascendancy, the faun is under arrest for treason and the Witch’s enemies are all being turned to stone statues.

Aslan the lion (Lord of the Wood) returns to Narnia to defeat the Witch and enlists the children’s help, but Edmund betrays them to the Witch and, in so doing, forfeits his life to her by the law of the Deep Magic. Aslan decides to take Edmund’s place and is tortured and killed by the Witch, only to be saved by the Deeper Magic, because he is willingly taking the place of a traitor. All of the stone statues are liberated, Father Christmas comes back, the Witch is finally defeated and the children are crowned as Kings and Queens of Narnia.

Many years later, they rediscover the lamppost and, pushing their way back to Professor Kirk’s spare room through the fur coats, find to their amazement that time has stood still while they have been away.

Media

Cast/Characters

Aslan – Chris Fontaine

White Witch – Maria Payant

Peter – Ben Jaeger

Susan – Erica Manier

Edmund – Nathan Leclerc

Lucy – Hannah Shuartsman

Tumnus – Dave Payton

Fenris Ulf – Duncan Doherty

Mr Beaver – Rusty Melberg

Mrs. Beaver – Tiffany Bauer

Unicorn – Jardin Fontaine

Centaur – Jennifer Wunderlin

Dwarf – Charles Graves

Father Christmas – Bob Deyo

Elf – Andi Roehl

White Stag – Cody Gornall

Aslan’s Followers & Others – Lizzie Ellair, Kaylee Krieski, McKenna Bretz

Witch’s Army & Others – Cody Gornall, Andi Roehl, Emily Tipton, Angela Landgraf, Daniel Ellair, Hannah S., Laura Leclerc

 

Production Staff

Director: Ray Rhoads

Stage Manager: Katy Ries

Managing Director: Tom Berger

Set Design: Christian Fleming

Costume Design: Ben Gartmann, Asst. Deb Erickson

Light Design: Pat Smith

Sound Design: Gary Kaiser

Properties: Jackie Blindauer

Make Up Design: Ben Gartmann Asst. Cathy Perronne

Master Carpenter: Jim Wucherer

Paint Master: Melissa O’Connell

Scenic Molding & Filigree: Maria Gosz

Original Music: Kevin MacLeod

Tumnus Pipe Music: Ray Rhoads

Production Photographer: Michael Huibregtse