Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe” a live theatre version of C. S. Lewis’ classic novel and one of his “Chronicles of Narnia,” especially adapted for young people and families. The play will be performed September 23 through October 9, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; Sundays at 3 PM. KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of stage plays for children.
The magic and mystery of the Great Lion Aslan and the struggle with the White Witch are what four children find when they inadvertently wander into an old wardrobe and arrive in Narnia. The war in Narnia is consuming the magical animals of Narnia, and only Aslan can bring about peace.
C. S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” are timeless stories of faith, love, caring and giving, and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” is the greatest of them.
The play is performed by 23 talented young actors, from ages 10 to 16. The role of Aslan will be performed by Jaden Lily Branson. Sydney Reed takes on the challenging role of the White Witch. The four children who find themselves in Narnia are played by Jessica Burks (Susan), Millie Lovett (Lucy), Chase Russell (Edmund), and Ethan Turbyfill (Peter.)
Four actors are making their KCT debuts: Orly Berry, Caleb DeLong, Grace Parkhill, and Christina Varnes.
The rest of the cast includes KCT veteran performers: Campbell Ayres, Ava Bradshaw, Eason Bullard, P. J. Copeland, Joseph Coram, DeShayla Foley, Cate Harper, Mariana Harrison, Kayla June Nobbe, Genevieve Robinson, Noah Seaman, Emma Stark, and Madelyn White.
Caroline Dyer, a senior at South-Doyle High, will make her directorial debut with this show. Caroline served as Co-Director of “A Little Princess” after working in stage management and assistant direction. Her chosen emphasis of technical theatre has been costuming. Caroine is also a veteran actor, having appeared in over 25 plays at KCT.
Carolyn Corley, an accredited fight director, will direct the stage combat. Jared Watkins, a freshman at L&N STEM Academy, serves as the show’s stage manager. Bethany Moon, a junior at West High, is the show’s scenic designer. Wheeler Moon, a junior at West High, is the play’s lighting designer. Ansley Hughes, a junior at Heritage High, is the show’s costume designer. Sean Sloas will perform the duties of Production Manager.
The show is sponsored by The Comcast Foundation, Clayton Family Foundation, and Home Federal Bank. Assistance was also provided by Bandit Lites and Prestige Cleaners.