There’s nothing cooler than watching your kids light up with excitement–especially when it’s not related to ipads, phones, or TV’s. It’s even more amazing when you, yourself, enjoy said entertainment. That’s where Adventure Theatre’s production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe comes in. Now playing through New Year’s Eve, this one-hour, two-character version of the classic children’s story follows Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy as they are sent to live in the countryside home of professor Digory Kirke. While exploring the house, the kids discover a secret portal to a magical destination called Narnia.

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What to expect
After you’ve found your seats (which are first come, first serve), characters Peter and Lucy bound on stage with greetings and well wishes from the London countryside. They tell the story of Narnia, Mr. Tumnus and the White Witch by dressing up in different characters using props such as a tea cups, a curtain, trunks, a hat rack and coats set throughout the stage. The magical world of Narnia exists onstage behind, and through, the wardrobe with a blue, wintry, tree-filled landscape and the ever-important lamppost.

There’s never a dull moment
Peter and Lucy tell the story with the help of some funny and expertly imagined costumes. Picture animals made from fur coats, and twirly umbrellas, siblings made from pigtails and glasses, and a winter sled from a rocking horse. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a production filled with light, laughter and surprises. Magical red dots take the place of actual sweets as the White Witch produces piece after piece of Turkish Delight and Edmund gobbles them up. Snowballs appear out of thin air as Lucy and Peter have fun horsing around Narnia, while wind whooshes in and out of the theatre and a lion’s roar signifies the triumph of good over evil.

Page, meet stage
We all tell our children stories, and the actors and production company create one of the best versions of storytelling available for a classic, yet complicated C.S. Lewis novel. Kiddos can fully understand the plot, characters and finale whether they’ve heard the tale, seen the movie, or haven’t the foggiest clue what or where is Narnia. Lucy and Peter interact with the audience, and laughs, cries and more are usual fodder at Adventure Theatre’s production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. There’s magic in theatre, and there’s no better place (or story) to introduce a love of literature and plays to future patrons than ATMTC’s latest production

Cost: $19.50
Adventure Theatre
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd. (Glen Echo, Md)
Online: my.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

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–Hilary Riedemann