I'm always impressed with our theater team's attention to detail. And that - a standard of excellence - is probably why 4400 others came this year to see one of the six showings of "Narnia." The word is obviously out in our area that this church does a Broadway quality show each year.
Several things were different this year from last year's production.
First we were greeted by newspaper carriers dressed in clothing from the 40's era. We received a paper with news of Thursday, July 6, 1944. One advertisement in the paper was for Turkish Delight candy, which we were able to purchase on the concessions table in the lobby.
The entire lobby area had been transformed into a winter wonderland scene to correlate with the Narnia's winter theme. Entire walls were covered with winter scene murals and a multitude of sparkling trees were decorated throughout the lobby and halls.
|Brianna and Tori prior to the show.|
As folks entered and waited in line for the theater doors to open, they enjoyed hearing Tommy Gee and the Clef Notes play many familiar tunes.
Son Caleb played his trumpet in the ensemble, and had numerous solos throughout the gig.
This band contained a combination of church and community members who had met and rehearsed for a number of months prior to the production weekend. They played an hour of tunes prior to each of the six performances throughout the weekend.
Some views of the scenery:
|Castle of the evil White Witch|
|Cair Paravel - castle of good Narnians|
|The children's country boarding home|
A few more scenes from the land of Narnia:
This year the production crew added "flyers" to the performance. Audience members were spellbound as various characters flew through the air. The white witch, one of the flyers, met her demise when she was thrown from her castle through the air to her death by the good Aslan, the lion.
One thing that I think is so commendable about these performances is how the cast members and crew mingle with the guests out in the lobby after the show. Of course the girls wanted to have some photos with both the lovable and not-so-lovable characters.
|Aslan the lion|
|The White Witch|
|One of the White Witch's wolves|
|The White Stag|