Seattle Children’s Theater is kicking off its 2016-2017 season with a fresh look at a classic tale—C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to the magical and majestic world of Narnia, you’re bound to revel in the beauty of this production. So, grab your little theatre-goers, put on your adventure caps and head to the Seattle Children’s Theatre for a most wonderful of evenings… or matinees.

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photo: Elise Bakketun

The Story
Set in WWII England, the story follows siblings Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy who are visitors in a country home after their evacuation from war-ravaged London. While on a tour of the manor, Lucy grows curious about a wardrobe. She opens it up, steps through the coats and is magically transported to a fantasy land filled with mystical beasts, an evil White Witch and a great lion named Aslon. With a song and a dance, the children embark on a great adventure, get into and out of a whole lotta trouble, defeat the witch and make good friends along the way.

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photo: Elise Bakketun

A Feast for Your Eyes & Ears
SCT may have a small stage, but Director Linda Hartzell makes the most out of its staging by expertly leading the audience’s imagination as the cast travels through the forests and across the streams of their fantasy world. The set design by Carey Wong, costumes by Cathy Hunt and lighting by Rick Paulson truly bring the story to life; while from the tiniest of orchestra pits the band, led by Music Director Jeff Bell, delivers the musical backdrop that brings it all together.

Oh. And there are puppets! From a life-size Centaur to bats with five-foot wingspans and fantastical creatures who come in the night, the addition of puppets to the overall show add a splash of extra fantasy, which makes the show that much more delightful.

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photo: Elise Bakketun

Fun Fact
The scenic design echoes the graphic pen and ink illustrations of Pauline Baynes whose work appeared in the book’s first publication in 1950. With its streamlined execution, the scenery and sets become part of the story as they shift and change over twenty times throughout the performance—making the transition between wartime and fantasy as quick as your imagination can fly.

Good to Know
1. Seattle Children’s Theatre recommends this production for ages 6 & older.

2. During the production, younger ones might become a bit frightened by the evil White Witch, who, along with her minions, seek to kill the lion Aslon. (Psst.. don’t worry, he’s OK!).

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3. Total run time is 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.

4. For the shorter members of your group, SCT provides booster seats to help all eyes see the players on stage.

Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-441-3322
Online: sct.org
Tickets: sct.org/Tickets/Buy/Performance/161102120

Dates: Now through December 11, 2016
Times: Thurs.-Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $32/person (tickets can be purchased through SCT’s ticket office or online)

Are you a C.S. Lewis devotee? Tell us your favorite book in the Comments below. And be sure to check out the other Red Tricycle approved theatrical shows coming soon to a stage near you!

— Kelly Doscher