Danville High presenting 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'

December 14, 2004|JENNIFER BRUMMETT

Good and evil battle it out in Danville High School's production of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe."

Director Steve Meadows, who has been rehearsing with the cast since the beginning of November, says the play version of the popular C.S. Lewis book was chosen because it is "a great story, vivid onstage and had the right number of roles."

"It's a great story about good versus evil and shows good, young actors doing interesting character work," Meadows adds.

As a director, he appreciates the challenges the play offers to his students.

"I like the balance of roles, the creativity and the 'stretch' opportunities for the kids," Meadows says.

The students did all the production work except for directing and ordering scripts, including costumes, makeup, set work, Web design, programs and lights. Meadows went to Wal-Mart for them - he was the only one who could use the credit card, he says with a grin.


"It's been fun," Meadows notes. "I've never had students do everything. ... There's lots of cool stuff they've done with this in not a lot of time."

In "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy (Aaron Jenkins, Beth Milby, Mason Scisco and Jamie Sommers) find their way into the magical land of Narnia through an old wardrobe. There, they join the lion Aslan (David Stroup) as he battles the White Witch (Katie Nedvidek) to save Narnia from perpetual darkness.

Stroup says Aslan is the rightful king of Narnia, who sacrifices himself in order to save one of the children from the White Witch.

"He is a metaphor for Jesus," Stroup notes.

"I never thought of a talking lion as a protagonist. ... That's neat for me."

Bringing animal traits to the role

Stroup says he's had to work on bringing animal traits to the role.

"It has to be something you consider when you move and speak," he notes.

Nedvidek says the White Witch is "the bad guy who took over Narnia."

"She tries to capture humans and turn them into stone," she explains, "so they can't fulfill the prophecy and so Aslan can't come back to power. ... She's just very mean."

Nedvidek says playing that mean is hard "because I'm a very nice person. It's difficult to be mean.

"She thinks she's better than everyone. ... She's kind of a loser - it's not very nice of her to do this to people. She enjoys other people suffering."

Edmund falls in with the White Witch because she gives him a candy called Turkish Delight.

"He likes food," Scisco says, then pauses. "He's kind of a brat, I guess. He precipitates some trouble."

Lucy is the first one through the wardrobe and the youngest of the four children, Sommers explains. Lucy tries to rescue a faun, she adds.

"She brings the human children through the wardrobe to Narnia," Sommers says.

"She's very curious, like any small child, and she wants to be brave and in the center of the action."

Milby says Susan and Peter are like parental figures for the younger siblings. Jenkins adds that Peter, as the eldest, is protective of the other three, although he fights with Edmund a lot.

"But he's really adventurous," Jenkins adds. "He's up for whatever they take him into."

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