by Lorie Lewis Ham
I think most people are at least somewhat familiar with C.S. Lewis’ book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It has been a popular book for decades, and has even had some of its lore borrowed for other fantasy stories like The Magicians. I was thrilled to take my ten-year-old niece to see this play at the Main Street Theater in Visalia, and she was equally thrilled to be going.The basic story is that of four siblings by the names of Lucy (Jaymee Meier), Susan (Zoe Roberts), Edmund (Uriah Ibarra), and Peter Pevensie (Grayson Miller) who are sent away to live with a family friend, Professor Digory Kirke (Tony Kensinger), in the countryside of England to be safer during the war. While exploring the Professor’s old home, Lucy finds a wardrobe that ends up taking her to the magical land of Narnia. She later convinces her siblings that it is real and to join her. In Narnia, they meet interesting creatures like Mr. Tumnus the Faun (James Estes), Mr. and Mrs. Beaver (Russ Roberson & Hope Daniel), wolves, elves, a dwarf, and the evil White Witch (Lauren Ventura). Part way through the show they also meet the lion Aslan (Cliff Ayers). This is a story of adventure, courage, love, and the ultimate sacrifice.
Everyone in this show did a wonderful job! Lauren was thoroughly evil and scary as the White Witch, Cliff as Aslan was noble and commanding, the four children were perfect and had you routing for them all through the story. Kudos to director Kelly Ventura for bringing all the pieces together so well. My niece really liked the Beavers, and truly loved everything about the show. She was very excited to get autographs afterwards.
If you are looking for a show that the entire family can enjoy, be sure to go see The Enchanted Playhouse’s production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe this weekend for its closing performances at the Main Street Theater at 307 E. Main Street in Visalia. Tickets can be purchased on their website and at the door.
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