Syracuse Stage Tackles ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’

Posted: November 20, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Prepare yourself, musical theater lovers, because the Syracuse Stage is about to put on its first musical of the 2011-2012 season, just in time for the holidays. While the stage isn’t showcasing a classic musical, like last year’s “Cabaret” or “Rent,” it is a classic story, with the musical element as an added twist.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” is a classic book by C.S. Lewis and more recently has been adapted as a popular Disney movie. The book is part of a series called the “Chronicles of Narnia,” but let’s face it, no one ever read any of those.

Set in World War II England, four siblings find an entrance to a magical world in the back of a wardrobe (a closet, for us Americans). Of course, the siblings are faced with a wicked witch who they must fight with the help of a talking lion. Lewis must have had a hard time coming up with an original title for this one.

The cast is a fusion of SU Drama students and professional actors. SU Drama students in the production are even able to gain Actor’s Equity Association points from participating in the production, which will make them closer to becoming full-fledged members upon graduation.

The musical version of the show is rarely staged outside of the UK, and accordingly so, the Syracuse Stage has gone all out in terms of set design and production for this performance. They even hired a master puppeteer to operate many of Narnia’s creatures. (Professional puppeteers people, this is serious!)

The show starts on November 25 and runs through December 31. Tickets are available online or by calling 315-443-3275.

-Diana Pearl

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