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Event: Rehearsals: The Lion, Witch, Wardrobe - By: CS Lewis

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The Open Road Theatre’s Vision – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – by C.S. Lewis

Main Theme: Life leads us into the unknown to discover the wonderful truth of who we are.

C.S. Lewis’ storyline emphasis is on how the advent of a bad event – leaving one’s home and family for safety from the war – can lead to a good event; the adage of when a door closes another door opens elsewhere: The Wardrobe.
The children move from a world where decisions are made for them, to an unknown magical place where they are continually confronted to make their own decisions. The decisions they make have far-reaching impacts on everyone.
By moving from one Life Challenge, they take on another challenge to become rulers of their own destinies and the destinies of others.
Edmund, the most vulnerable middle sibling defiantly makes poor choices for the wrong reasons, learns valuable lessons about loyalty to his family, to the powers of good, and to the greater good for everyone.
Edmund’s first choice, made out of bitter sibling rivalry, to follow the evil Queen Jadis, reveals to him who his trustworthy friends are in life by learning that choices made from love are true genuine healthy strength.
Peter, the eldest, learns about authentic leadership for his siblings and for an entire realm.
Lucy and Susan learn that women can be strong fighters and leaders in their own right.

Program Description
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a full-length stage production, not a musical, using a script inspired by the Joseph Robinette adaptation.

The production is grounded in material from C. S. Lewis’ book: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and books in the Narnia series, adapted for the needs of - 22 actors: (15 young actors) + (7 adult actors) - Director and Producer Karen Dieruf.

The costumes contrast the time of 1940’s England, during the WWII London Blitz, with the magical world of Narnia, depicting the royal court of Arthurian times.

The cast includes costumes and accessories to portray all the special creatures: foxes, fairies, faun, wolves, a banshee, and a lion.
Costumes will be custom- built from scratch or borrowed in coordination with local Theatres' stock.

The set will demonstrate the contrast between a minimalist real world and a more colorful, fully realized magic world of Narnia, with a scenic theatre drop and a cyclorama lighting screen in cooperation with local MUCCC Theatre organization.

Casting: Multi-Culturally Diverse – All Colors, All Genders, All Heritages including the Under Served. Multiples Ages: 7years – Adult.

Rehearsals begin: March 1st – May 26th, 2022

Performances: Four Performances: June 2, 3, 4 @ 7:00pm and June 5 @ 2:00pm, 2022.
At: MuCCC Theatre, 142 Atlantic Ave. Rochester, NY 14607.

Running Time: Full-length drama: 2 hours with a 15-minute Intermission.

Director: Karen Dieruf - a MuCCC Artist -in-Residence.
Costume Designer: Shelly Jo Stam. Assistant Costumer: Emily McFarlane Lighting Designer: Chris McCormack

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Contact: Karen Dieruf