Submitted by Dic Wheeler
(March 7, 2023) —Oddfellows Playhouse Junior Repertory Company is staging C.S. Lewis’s classic novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The production will run March 16 – 18, 2023 at Oddfellows Playhouse, located at 128 Washington Street in Middletown.
In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four children disappear into a cupboard and end up in the land of Narnia, where they become central in a struggle for power between the noble lion Aslan and the White Witch. The siblings embark on a remarkable journey of love, forgiveness and courage as they try to find their way back home. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is brought to life by a cast of 15 young actors, ages 12-14, who make up the Junior Repertory Company.
Directed by Justin Pesce, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features scenic design by Dan Schmidt, costume design by Rebecca Welles, lighting design by Douglas Murry, sound design by Mike Skinner, and properties design by Caleb Warner. The dramatic adaptation was written by Joseph Robinette.
Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. on March 16 -18, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, March 18th. Tickets for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are $18 for adults and $10 for students, with a “Pay-What-You-Can” preview on March 16th. “Big Heart” tickets for $25 are available for anyone wanting to support Oddfellows’ work with young people, the arts and social justice. Tickets may be purchased at www.oddfellows.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (860) 347-6143.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. The Junior Repertory Company production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is made possible with generous grants from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the City of Middletown, and the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation. Additional support comes from the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD; The Fund for Greater Hartford; Liberty Bank Foundation; State of Connecticut Judicial Branch (Youth Violence Prevention); Middletown Youth Services Bureau; Thomas J. Atkins Memorial Trust Fund; Middlesex United Way; CT Humanities Cultural Fund; New England Foundation for the Arts New England Arts Resilience Fund; Middlesex United Way; and many generous individual donors.
Photo by Dan Schmidt of Janelle Verdejo as The White Witch