Audience members are invited to enter the magical world of Narnia and experience the triumph of good over evil in the Andria Theatre’s production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
As part of the Chronicles of Narnia book series, written by C.S. Lewis in the 1950s, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" follows the adventures of four children as they find themselves in a magical world controlled by the evil White Witch and where it is always winter.
After one of the children is deceived and captured by the witch Aslan, a lion who is the true ruler of Narnia allows himself to be sacrificed in order to gain the child’s freedom. However, Aslan soon comes back to life and with the help of the children and many talking animals and mythological creatures, fights an epic battle to defeat the White Witch and bring peace and springtime to Narnia.
In the end, the children become kings and queens of Narnia before returning to their own world with a whole new outlook on life.
Shannan Randazzo, who is directing the play, explained the main theme for the production as “there is no greater love than for one to lay down their life for a friend.” She said the entire cast and crew have taken this opportunity to learn what it means to sacrifice for others within their families, schools, workplaces and community.
"Every week we take time to talk about opportunities that cast members have had throughout their day or week to lay down their time, talents and resources,” Randazzo said. “It has been extremely moving to hear from different members of the cast, whether 10 years old or 50 years old, how they have looked and found ways to help those around them.”
With a cast of 30 and crew of 12, the December production will include many new faces both on stage and behind the scenes. One of those new faces is Sarah Feierabend, who is playing the White Witch. Feierabend said that although this is her first time acting, she grew up reading the Narnia books.
“I love the series and the books,” she said. “I want to be as sinister and evil as I can so Aslan looks as good as he is.”
Not only will the play feature an 8-foot-tall lion for Aslan, but actors will also move up and down the aisles to help get the audience involved in the story.
Although this is the first production directed by Randazzo at the Andria Theatre, she has directing experience at her previous home in North Carolina.
“We will bring them into a magical world,” Randazzo said. “We hope the audience will always remember Narnia.”
If you go
WHAT: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
WHERE: Andria Theatre, 618 Broadway, Alexandria
WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 15, at 2 p.m.
INFO: Call the theater at 320-762-8300 or visit andriatheatre.org/.