A whimsical tale of courage, freedom, good and evil is in store as Theatricks launches its spring production, The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, on Feb. 28. Performances will run through March 9 and will be in the Honey McGee Playhouse in Sherman.
This classic C.S. Lewis story has been adapted for the stage by renown children’s theatre playwright Joseph Robinette. An old house in England serves as the home base for four children who wander into a fantastical country - Narnia - via an old wardrobe. In Narnia, the youngsters befriend the frightened forest people who have almost given up hope for the return of their true ruler, Aslan, the lion king. He and his army of animals battle to overcome the evil White Witch and her army of ogres, dwarves, spectres and other creatures.
A group of 40 local actors and backstage crew members work together to tell the tale. Representing the four children - Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter - are Erica Romm, Grant Dominick, Kenzie Baca and Joshua Bayless. Playing the professor and his housekeeper are Lew Cohn who also plays Father Christmas and Donna Frazier who also plays the White Stag. Among the many Narnia residents are: Mr. Tumnus, played by Caleb Crocker; Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, played by Rafe McConnell and Keatyn Smoot; and the unicorn and centaur, played by Christina Childress and Michael Gardner.
Brandon Carnes takes on the role of Aslan. Making up his army of animals are Karah Smoot, Elanor Goldsmith, Logan Shurtleff, Brittani Crocker, Brenna Michaelsen, Lucy Frazier, Sarah McGinn, MacKenzie Kozak, Faith Scheibmeir and Bella and Sophie Ortley-Guthrie.
Portraying the White Witch is Jeannie Lyons. Her two faithful servants, Fenris Ulf and the dwarf, are played by Kaitlyn Casmedes and Walker Durham. The witch’s army of creatures is portrayed by Brandon Smoot, Colin McGinn, Tobias Scheibmeir, Reed Thornton, Kevin Gautier, Maegan, Catie and Stephen Flood, Lillian Gunnels and Katelyn Carnes.
Directing the production is Webster Crocker. Aiding Crocker is a crew of volunteers including: Leanne Duigan, production coordinator; Emilia Gunnels, supporting cast assistant director; Ken Kozak, backstage operations; Kevin Peters, lighting; Michelle Anderson-Shurtleff, Tina Ross, Kathryn Scheigmeir and Karah Smoot, costuming; and Karen Smoot, make-up.
Tickets for The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Performance times are 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 and March 7 and 2 p.m. on March 1, 2, 8 and 9. For reservations, call the Sherman Community Players box office at 903-892-8818 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday or visit the box office inside the Honey McGee Playhouse, 313 West Mulberry, in Sherman. The box office will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 for Theatricks season members and then on Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the general public.
For more information, visit Theatricks’ website at www.theatricks.org.