The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Season 9 - 24 January 2009
Venue Theatre 3

TheStory

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.

ProductionTeam

Co-Directors
 
Myles Leon
Graham Bauerle
Musical Director Max Gambale
Choreographer Ylaria Rogers
Assistant Choreographer Peter Karmel
Production Manager Felicity Paul
Costume Co-ordinator Annette Leon
Hair & Makeup Amanda Knuckey
Stage Manager Alana Teasdale
Assistant Stage Manager Chris Donohue
Set Designer Thompson Quan Wing
Set Construction Brian Sudding & Co – Sudzsets
Lighting Designer John Cooper
Sound Designer Dale Martin
Props Nick Leon
  Jasmine Cooke
Publicity Pam McManus
  Gaby Schmid

Cast

Peter Oliver Bailey
Susan Laura Dawson
Edmund Henry Paul
Lucy Natalie Whalley
Professor Kirk Don Harvey
Mrs MacReady Suzanne Rogers
Aslan Tim Stiles
White Witch Megan Porter
Mr Beaver Steve Amosa
Mrs Beaver Cornelia Carson
Mr Tumnus Paul Jackson
Maugrim Richard Block
Dwarf Matthew Hardy
Father Christmas Don Harvey
Witch’s Chorus Cameron Boxall
  Tim MaGarry
  Ylaria Rogers
  Erin Gough
  Brittany Scrivner
Aslan’s Chorus Hayden Baum
  Kobi Cumerland
  Gabrielle Elgood
  Crystelle Cooper
  Katherine Musgrove
  Imogen Paul
  Zoe Milton
  Elaine Crilly
  Kristen Duncan
  Chris MaGarry
Animals Claire Bailey
  Elizabeth Jackson
  Lauren Joe
  Ben Hardy