JUL 13-AUG 11
A FAMILY DRAMA
A MUST-SEE family show certain to delight all ages. This prequel to The Chronicles of Narnia series, the literary classic by C.S. Lewis, is set in Victorian London. Digory and his new friend Polly stumble upon a magic portal into another world. Here, they accidentally unleash a dark force which could destroy both this other world, and their own! Set 1000 years before The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, this magical tale is perfect for Narnia lovers, or for those first discovering this treasured literary series.
As a child, I loved to play make-believe. I was fortunate to have a trunk full of “costumes”—old purses, jackets and hats—that would inspire me to spend hours playing and directing my brother and friends in our own adventurous stories. I love the idea of engaging our imaginations through creative play. Two years ago, my adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was very much inspired by this concept.
The Magician’s Nephew lends itself to the same kind of imaginative treatment; however, it presents some different challenges. Throughout the story, Polly and Digory must quickly navigate from one world to another via a magic portal. It would be so much easier to use cinematic special effects! But, how do we do this in the theatre? My challenge was to use movement, music, and simple props to create these cinematic affects within the theatre.
Despite the action and adventure inherent in The Magician’s Nephew, the story touches on serious issues; a young boy dealing with his Mother’s illness, and a young girl learning how to stand up and believe in herself. With each other’s support, they face not only the White Witch’s evil devices, but also their own inner struggles. Through the depiction of their journey, audiences both young and old are encouraged to be brave, kind, and resilient, in the face of adversity, and to always believe in the power of hope and themselves.