“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to Open Homecoming Weekend

 Lee Theatre will continue its season with “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” C. S. Lewis’ classic story adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The show will open for Homecoming weekend in the Buzz Oates Black Box Theater, with performances scheduled for Nov. 2-3 and 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Nov. 3 and 10 at 2:30 p.m.

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 “We are so excited to present ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,’” said Dan Buck, associate professor of theatre and director of the play. “It is such a beloved story that the excitement level is very high among the cast and audiences. We are also glad to offer something for families with children during the Homecoming celebration.  It’s going to be a very popular event.”

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic 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.

 “There’s a sort of pressure you feel when portraying such a well-loved story, especially when it’s C.S. Lewis at a Christian college,” said senior theatre and history double major Aimee Smith, who plays the White Witch. “It’s a privilege to be able to open the eyes of people to the magic of live theatre through this show. Not only is the show itself rewarding, but it’s been a ton of fun collaborating with everyone in a world as magical as Narnia.”

 All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan's resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more.

 The supporting characters are also here, including the unicorn, the centaur, and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, and Tumnus the faun.

 “This show has been a unique challenge for me,” said Buck. “I’ve never directed a children’s show, so deciding how an actor acts like a beaver or a centaur is a new challenge. It’s been so much fun to explore physicality and voice with my actors.”

 Tickets will be available at the Box Office in the Communication Arts Building Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., and one hour before curtain time. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children, seniors, and students. To purchase tickets online, visit www.showclix.com.

 Lee Theatre recommends viewing “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” for all ages.

 For more information, visit Lee Theatre at www.leeuniversity.edu/theatre or email theatre@leeuniversity.edu. Fans are encouraged to follow Lee University Theatre on Facebook.