This spring, enter the world of Narnia as the Middlesborough Little Theatre presents The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Joseph Robinette dramatized this adaptation of the beloved C. S. Lewis story.
According to Dramatic Publishing, this rendition “faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan.”
When asked why the group chose this play, director Amy Simpson notes its widespread appeal. “We wanted a play with name recognition that involved a number of children,” says Simpson. “And we also wanted a positive message that our community could connect with.”
The cast of 27 includes newcomers as well as MLT veterans: Leah Jones as Lucy; Gideon Baker as Edmund; Kenzie Graham as Susan; Matthew Bonaventura as Peter; Kennady Ray as the White Witch; Nathan Gardner as Aslan; Clayton Baker as the Dwarf; Corley Kreiter and Hunter Isley as the Beavers; Jonathan Spires as Fenris Ulf; Hayden Bennett as Mr. Tumnus; Mary Bond as the Centaur; Haleigh Banks as the Unicorn; Joe Johnson as Father Christmas; Aiden Johnson as the Elf; and Beth Johnson as the White Stag. Aslan’s Animals are played by Rachel Eldridge, Anna Graham, Jaymin Huddleston, and Kayleigh Wilson. The Witch’s Army and Wood Nymphs are played by Sadie Banks, Leena Earle, Madison Monday, Chelsea Mullins, Delilah Mullins, Jocelyn Mullins, and Kassie Woodard. The crew includes Ali Graham, lighting and sound; Stephanie Gibson, stage manager; Shawn Williams, public relations; Chloe McMurray, properties; Angela Roberts, costuming; Kim Williams, hair and makeup; Mark McGinley, fight choreographer; and Amy Simpson, director.
Performances continue through Sunday at Central Auditorium in Middlesboro. Friday’s morning and afternoon performances are pre-arranged for schools only. Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 at the door; $6 for seniors and students.
For more information, contact Amy Simpson at [email protected]