Theatre Information

Stone Bridge High School The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

By • Dec 6th, 2012 • Category: Cappies, Virginia

Sirens are wailing, parents are screaming, and children are crying. Adolf Hitler has announced the Blitz on London. The entire city is going to be ruined. What should you do? Travel to the world of Narnia, of course! Stone Bridge High School depicted this magical realm, full of nymphs, talking animals, and Turkish Delight in their production of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe this weekend.

In this adaptation by Joseph Robinette, based on the iconic C.S. Lewis novel, four children flee the Nazi bombings and seek out refuge in a relative’s countryside home. After Lucy, the youngest Pevensie child, discovers the mysterious wardrobe and its link to Narnia, she fetches the entire family to join her on an epic adventure. Crossing paths with the White Witch, Aslan, and a unique assortment of personalities, these four siblings successfully overthrow the evil witch and return peace and happiness to Narnia.

The four Pevensie children propelled the show forward with their unique characterizations and genuine interactions. Chris Sanderson quickly established Edmund’s stubborn personality by embracing his character’s impulsive tendencies. He took advantage of the script’s comedic opportunities and performed with consistent energy and individuality throughout the show. Alexandra Price similarly captured the juvenile spirit of her role, Lucy. Her childish innocence and sincere exchanges with each character created a genuine persona that was universally adored. Alex Gagliano and Sarah Reed brought a sophisticated aura to their characters that matured this youthful show.

With such a diverse collection of characters, it was only natural to have an extremely talented supporting cast. As the White Witch, Demery Schriver commanded the stage with an icy presence. Her deep bellowing voice, often juxtaposed with fawning enticement, energized the performance. Schriver’s commitment to her character, even through the play’s many foolish moments, was admirable. Sierra Carlson’s portrayal of Tumnus effectively contrasted with Schriver’s tyrannical character to lighten the mood. Carlson’s comedic physicality, especially her exaggerated gait, strengthened the role’s jocular personality. Other characters, most notably Mr. Beaver, Mrs. Beaver, and the Dwarf, thrilled the audience with their entertaining portrayals.

The production’s technical elements, most noticeably the multi-faceted set, awed the audience. With a breakable magic wand, a massive ice throne, clay hooves, and full-body makeup, every technical crew excelled. But what is a show-stopping performance without an audience? Stone Bridge’s marketing and publicity crew, comprised of Sarah Reed, Chris Sanderson, Jasmine Jellá, and Alexandra Price, ensured that this would not be an issue. These students packed the theater by organizing a preview performance at their local elementary school, advertising via their school, designing a stunning poster, and receiving public announcements from Hot 99.5, WGTS Radio, and Virginia Places.

Stone Bridge High School’s cast and crew truly embraced the imaginary and childish nature of the production. This attitude continued even through the curtain call, when each actor came on stage in character and joined together in a final cry “For Narnia!”

by Wesley Diener of James Madison High School

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