|UW-Eau Claire||News Bureau|
|Schofield Hall 218|
|Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
MAILED: March 25, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE - "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe," a childhood classic about magic adventure, will be presented by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department.
School performances will be at 9 and 11 a.m. April 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24. Public performances will be at 1:30 p.m. April 12, 13 and 19 and at 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12, 18 and 19 in Kjer Theatre at UW-Eau Claire.
The show, directed by Dr. Cheryl Starr, is a new adaptation for the stage of the classic by C. S. Lewis. When four very ordinary young people discover that they can enter a new world through the back of an old wardrobe, their lives take an extraordinary turn. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy befriend dwarves, giants, unicorns, a host of talking beasts and most especially the Great Lion, Aslan.
To start preparing the story for the stage performance, Starr said they bought copies of the book and encouraged all of the actors to read it. "We let each of the chorus members decide what animal they wanted to be, so they took more ownership with it in that way," she said. "I think everyone has a clear idea how they fit in the big picture."
The cast spent a lot of time working on relationships and character development, Starr said. "We're hoping it will be a 'visual feast.'"
The show will have an involved and interesting set, with fabric trees, many levels and special effects in lighting and the set, she said. The costumes the actors will wear are rich in velvets and fur, and a class is designing special makeup and masks. The look of the show is theatrical, but the animals will have some realistic touches, Starr said. Narnia extends throughout the theater, so the audience will be entering into Narnia with Lucy, Susan, Peter and Edmund.
The stage version is similar to the book and to the film that was made some time ago, she said. It's a wonderful story that promotes important values - good wins over evil, and bravery and honesty win over deception and manipulation.
"It really is a play the whole family can attend and find much to discuss as a family when it is over," Starr said.
Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy must learn of heroism and honor, loyalty and friendship as they battle the treachery of the wicked White Witch. It is a story of excitement, joy and love that has delighted children of all ages for nearly 50 years.
Tickets for "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" are $3 for the general public or $2 for children under 18 or with a UW-Eau Claire ID. Tickets can be purchased at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. Schools and community groups interested in group rates should contact the University Service Center.
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Updated: April 8, 1997