The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

By Irita Kutchmy, based on the story by C.S. Lewis
By arrangement with Warner/Chappell Music
Australian Premiere of Irita Kutchmy's musical version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Season 17 January-2 February 2002
Venue Belconnen Theatre

TheStory

This enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis' adventurous story about four children of war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe.

This strange and wondrous place is ruled by the cold-hearted White Witch, who makes winter last year-round. In this land we meet a variety of talking animals and enjoy unique musical interludes which intertwine to tell the story through music and the spoken word.

Although they seem like saviours, the four children, Edmund, Peter, Susan and Lucy fulfil an ancient prophecy by defeating the Witch, thus restoring sunshine and peace to the spellbound Narnia and returning the great lion Aslan to his rightful throne.

ProductionTeam

Director John Alsford
Musical Director Jennifer Groom
Choreographer Belinda Hassall
Production Manager Kathy Thomas
Stage Manager Bob Morris
Assistant Stage Manager Nick Leon
Set Design John Alsford, Bob Morris, Sebastian Nicholas and Nick Leon
Costume Design Elaine Teran and John Alsford
Lighting/Sound Design Justin Watson
White Witch Costume Annette Leon
Make Up Jane McClaren
Headgear Sebastion Nicholas, John Alsford, Belinda Anyos
Crew Andrew Topperwein, Anita Davenport, Eve Everard, Graham Bauerle, Winifred Kruger, Nick Brightman
Props Nick Leon

Cast

Susan Katie Methorst
Peter Matthew
Lucy Tallay Wickham
Edmund Toby Francis
Professor Kirk/Father Christmas Sebastian Nicholas
Mrs Macready Helen Cory
The White Witch Belinda Anyos
Mr Beaver Frank Farrell
Mrs Beaver Bryony Retter
Mr Tumnus Rob Macauley
Maugrim Umar Bourke
Aslan Andrew Clucas

TheMemories

The death scene in Lion required the stone table to crack with great spectacle. However during the opening night of Lion, crew member Nick Brightman (made up as a bear) dived on stage during a song to connect the table, only to find the extension cord was a foot too short.

Frantic signalling (in character) to other stage crew that another cord was needed resulted in some frenzied backstage searching. A cord was fed under the cyclorama and Nick managed to eventually connect it in time for Aslan's death scene!

Awards

Canberra Area Theatre AwardsNominations

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Toby Francis
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Tallay Wickham