Theater fans of all ages can step into another world with StageLights Theatre’s production of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” at the Williamsburg Regional Library’s theater in July.
StageLights is a children’s theater group, and its Encore program brings rising 7th through 12th-graders together for a three-week theater workshop. This year’s Encore class will put on three shows adapting the C.S. Lewis classic July 11, 12 and 13.
Christina Marshburn, director of the Encore program and the upcoming production of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” said she aims to captivate and involve the audience into the hourlong, one-act play.
“The way that I’m envisioning it is that there’s not going to be a whole lot of scenery — it’s going to very environmental and the audience is going to be very involved in what’s going on,” she said. “(There will be) a lot of entrances and exits through the house so that the audience feels like they’re really in Narnia.”
The program allows students from local middle schools and high schools who are passionate about theater to work together and work on their craft over the summer, she said.
Having previously directed productions of “James and the Giant Peach,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Charlotte’s Web” as the Encore program director, Marshburn said she’s worked her way through stories she loved when she was younger.
“’The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ was one of my favorite books as a kid, so I’m really excited to direct it,” she said.
Want to go?
You can catch the StageLights production of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” 7 p.m. July 11, 12 and 13 at the Williamsburg Library Theater, 515 Scotland St.
Tickets are $10 each, and will be available through the group’s website at: stagelightstheatre.org.
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