South Carolina Children’s Theatre is returning to Narnia.
By popular demand, C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is being brought back for seven performances, Jan. 25-Feb. 2, at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre.
This production marks the third time the S.C. Children’s Theatre has staged the classic play.
The story follows four children who visit a home in the country. They find a wardrobe that leads them into the magical land of Narnia.
There they meet a centaur, a faun and other fantastical creatures. A witch rules over Narnia, although the rightful king is the great lion Aslan.
“It’s a good-versus-evil fantasy,” Granner said.
The play is particularly popular because many young people have read the book in school, Granner said.
Her staging features a cast of 26, mostly children and teens.
The 75-minute, one-act pay is appropriate for ages 4 and up, Granner said, although younger children might be a little frightened by the battle scene.
Granner, a longtime director for S.C. Children’s Theatre, specializes in creating puppets. For this production, she designed a particularly large puppet for the Christ-figure of Aslan.
Four actors operate the Aslan puppet.
“It would have been a whole lot easier if Aslan had just been one person, but I like a challenge,” Granner said, with a laugh.
Will Ragland, a veteran Upstate actor and executive artistic director of the Mill Town Players, provides the voice of Aslan.
Bill Munoz, of Flat Rock Playhouse, staged the play’s battle scene.
Paul Hyde, a longtime Upstate journalist, writes about the arts for the Greenville Journal. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @PaulHyde7.
If you go
- What: “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” staged by S.C. Children’s Theatre
- When: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday Jan. 26; 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1; 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2
- Where: Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre
- Tickets: $28 adults; $19 children
- Info: 864-467-3000 or www.peacecenter.org