Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Saturday, November 14th, 2009 I went to see the college-run production of the play "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." It was somewhat different, I believe, than the movie. Having not read the book, I cannot really compare it to that. The actors were all very well-rehearsed and put on a great production. Some scenes were given a slightly comical edge and the characters themselves could be quite funny. The costumes were great, especially Mr. and Mrs. Beaver. In comparison to the few high school theatre productions I have seen, it was very well done and very organized. The sets were great, with an amazing wardrobe that the actors could travel through.

The plot is about 4 children who find another world by travelling through the back of the wardrobe when they are bored. They find a winter wonderland with mythical creatures and a feud between an evil witch and a great lion over control of the land of Narnia. The Witch sought to gain control of one child, Edmund, in order to capture the other 3, Peter, Susan, and Lucy. If she could turn them all to stone then they would not be able to fulfill the prophecy and she could retain control over Narnia forever. She was the reason that "it was always winter, but never Christmas!" The lion traded his life in sacrifice in order to return Edmund to his siblings. Magic allowed him to return to life since he sacrificed himself but had done no wrong. Afterwards the children help fight against the Witch and her followers to help out the lion and fulfill the prophecy. They rule Narnia until they decide it is finally time to return home to their real lives.

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