OAKHURST — Step into another world as the Sierra Pines Theater Company presents their long-awaited re-imagining of the classic fantasy tale by C.S. Lewis — Narnia The Musical commands the stage for just six shows, opening Friday.
Directed by Ken Marks, Narnia The Musical follows the four Pevensie children – Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy – as they enter an enchanted world through a wardrobe, encountering magical creatures, a mystery, a witch, and the Great Lion, Aslan.
Welcome to Narnia, a land where it’s always winter and never Christmas. Well, it wasn’t always that way.
“From the day we announced, almost a year ago, that we would be mounting a musical version of Narnia at Sierra Pines, the response has been passionate enthusiasm,” says director Marks.
He adds that the great response is true “both from actors hoping to perform their favorite characters from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and from theater-goers excited to see the classic story they have read and re-read since childhood come to the live stage.”
Curtains rise on Narnia The Musical starting Friday, Nov. 30 and running through Sunday, Dec. 9. The shows on Fridays and Saturdays are at 7 p.m., and the Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m.
The Narnia production team includes Heather Sconce in a dual capacity as choreographer/production assistant, musical director Sarah Ausley, costume and makeup design by Patty Marks, master seamstress Karen Hulbert, stage construction by Craig Friesen, stage prop design by Hale Sjostrand, ballet choreography by Beth Sjostrand, and rehearsal accompaniment by Donna Cavoretto.
A complete cast list appears below.
Besides the people who make up this production, director Marks believes the greatest strength of the show is its music. The play features 16 songs he says are variously energetic, funny, clever, powerful , and moving.
“The most rewarding thing about directing it has been the aspect of community that fills every rehearsal. Actors of all ages and from diverse backgrounds have committed themselves to telling an important story with passion, working through obstacles congenially, making friends, and having fun.
“I believe C.S. Lewis would have approved of these two particularly: the spirit of the music and the spirit of community.”
Click here for tickets. Doors open a half hour before curtain. The cost for adults is $15; children 12 and under $10. This show is not recommended for children under the age of 6, as there are scary moments.
For those with more than four in the immediate family (for example, two parents and more than two children or one parent and more than three children), please contact Sierra Pines Church for family discounts. (559) 683-2882, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you in Narnia. Will you step through the Wardrobe with us?