GRAYLING – On Friday Dec. 10 and 11 at 6:30 p.m., the Grayling High School Players will be presenting the play “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” adapted by Joseph Robinette from the classic book by C.S. Lewis.
This play will appeal to people of all ages as this is the timeless classic that we have either had read to us, read ourselves, or seen in the movie version.
The main characters, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie, go on an adventure where they are sent to stay with an old professor in his large mansion. When the four children, ranging in ages from 9 to 16, start exploring the mansion, they find an old wardrobe. This is no ordinary piece of furniture; this wardrobe is the doorway to an alternate universe called Narnia.
Narnia doesn’t have humans but instead has talking Beavers, Unicorns, Centaurs, and Fauns. Most peculiar of all, it has a Lion King named Aslan and a White Witch named Jadis, each struggling for power in this mythical land.
The Lion has his followers – the forest animals – and the Witch has her followers – the gargoyles and ogres and the like.
Before it’s all over, there is an epic war between Good and Evil. How do the Pevensie children fit into this story? There is a prophecy that one day two sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve, more commonly called “humans,” will sit on the four thrones of Cair Paravel and rule Narnia supplanting Jadis and her evil followers forever. First however, there will be a kidnapping, a wolf attack, a couple of dances, a great sacrifice, a visit from Father Christmas, and entertainment for the whole family!
The play runs about 1 hour and 40 minutes and will have a 15-minute Intermission. There may be scenes and costumes that may be a little scary for children under 10-years old
Directed by Chad Patterson, technical components of the performance are managed by Mark Binert-Armstrong.
The intricate costumes have been created by Bonnie French, Elizabeth Nack, Gretchen Walsh, MJ Forrester and Maze Stephan.
Student directors are Gabby Rohde and Grace LeCronier. The cast has 28 kids including Lizzie Kucharek as the White Witch, Asher Smith as Aslan the Lion, and Jensen Shambarger, Hannah Snider, Deli Patterson, and Alea Cobb as the Pevensie children. The cast also includes seniors Brianna Breiholz as Mrs. Beaver, Olivia Graziano as a Unicorn, and sophomore Nickoli Dreffs as a Centaur.
There is also a huge crew of students at every grade level that worked very hard on this ambitious play.
Again, the play takes place on Friday, Dec. 10 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stripe Auditorium inside Grayling High School.
Tickets available at the door only, no pre-sale! Adult admission is $8, students and senior citizens are $6. We hope you can make it to this wonderful play!
~ Masks and distancing are strongly recommended ~