Family Weekend Performance Dates: December 11-18, 2021
School Day Matinee Dates: December 9-17, 2021
Touring Dates: September 13 – December 7, 2021
In Narnia, land of eternal winter, the White Witch holds power over all – any who dare dissent are turned instantly to stone. But one day, a little girl named Lucy enters this magical land through an enchanted wardrobe and signals a great change to come. Go through the wardrobe with Peter and Lucy in this two-actor adaptation of the classic tale of triumph of good over evil.
From the story by C.S. Lewis
Dramatized by le Clanché du Rand
Best enjoyed by ages 7 and up
Location: The LCT Main Stage and On Tour
Length of Show: Approximately 1 hour long
Family Weekend Performance Info
*Pay What You Will
^Sensory Friendly Performance
School Day Matinee Info
Thursday – Friday, December 9-10
Tuesday – Friday, December 14-17
10:00am & 11:45am
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is recommended for – 3rd – 8th grade
Curricular Connections – Myth, Storytelling, Fantasy, Compassion
Things to Know Before the Show
About LCT’s Touring Productions
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is one of our Touring Productions, which means it doesn’t just perform here in Lexington! Our two professional actors are traveling with this and our other production of The Little Mermaid from September through December to schools, libraries, and theatres all over the Commonwealth and beyond! As a touring production, the show is designed to be performed by a smaller cast, so you will notice that the two actors play multiple different characters throughout the course of the story.
About your trip to the theatre
Be sure to arrive early to find a place to park – options include metered parking surrounding the theatre and the parking garage on the corner of Broadway and Short Street. LCT unfortunately cannot validate garage parking.
Masks are always required in the building, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover mouth and nose. (The only exception is infants under 2 years of age.) Guests who are not willing to comply with this guideline will be asked to leave the premises. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building. All LCT staff members are fully vaccinated, and temperature check daily. For more COVID safety info: https://www.lctonstage.org/covid19-safety/
The Larry and Vivian Snipes Main Stage will open 30 minutes prior to show time. While the Box Office will be open 60 minutes prior to show time for those who still need to purchase tickets, if you have already purchased your tickets, we encourage you to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to showtime and plan on going directly to your seats to prevent congregating in our lobby.
LCT is moving to contactless/paperless ticketing and playbills. Your ticket confirmation email will have all the information you need to check in, no physical tickets required! It’s a good idea to have the email pulled up on your phone when you arrive so you can reference your seat numbers. At the theatre doors, just tell our ushers the name your tickets are under and they will be able to check you in and help you find your seats.
To offset the heat generated by stage lighting, the Larry and Vivian Snipes Main Stage theatre can get pretty cold. It’s a good idea to bring a sweater or additional layers with you!
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About The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, dramatized by le Clanché du Rand, is based on the classic story by C.S. Lewis. This two-actor adaptation tells the story of the Pevensie children’s adventure through Narnia, a world found through the back of an old wardrobe. In the play, Lucy and Peter Pevensie visit the house where they first found the wardrobe, and re-tell the story together using their imagination and various items they pull from the room.
Peter and Lucy begin by introducing us to the four Pevensies – Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. At the beginning of the story, there is family conflict as the siblings believe Lucy is making Narnia up, and there is some teasing and name calling between siblings. Later on, Edmund makes several bad decisions that hurt Lucy’s feelings and ultimately separates himself from the rest of his family. This causes distress among the siblings as they struggle with the truth that Edmund personally hurt them, while also being worried for his safety. Additionally, this leaves Edmund in the clutches of the White Witch, who desires to kill him along with his brother and sisters.
Throughout the story there are some intense scenes that include battles, sword fighting, and death, but because Peter and Lucy are telling the story to the audience, we know everyone is going to make it out okay in the end. Nothing is portrayed in graphic detail because the actors are using found items and creative miming to convey each scene. Some examples of the kind of visuals you will see are red cloth being used as “blood” and miming of a sword fight. All stage combat you see has been choreographed carefully and practiced multiple times to be 100% believable for the audience and 110% safe for the actors.
This play is a great way to spark conversations about family, and especially the bond siblings have with one another. Throughout the show, the Pevensies have to work through conflicts and ultimately learn to stick up for each other and love each other no matter what. This show is also a great way to bring up conversations about forgiveness. Edmund’s family forgives him even after he brings danger to them through his lies and betrayal. They also realize that they contributed to Edmund’s actions by treating him unkindly. Ultimately, Edmund is rescued and redeemed by Aslan, who takes Edmund’s punishment for him. Just like Edmund, we all sometimes make mistakes and may experience consequences for them – but we are all still valuable and worthy of love.
We love this story because it focuses on how love is the deepest magic of all. Not only is it powerful enough to melt through ice and stone, but it is able to defeat evil itself. We also love this story because it takes us on an adventure and uses all parts of our imagination to depict the children’s journey. By performing this story using minimal actors and sets, we show that you don’t always need big special effects to tell a story. Storytellers can share human experiences through things as simple as a fur coat, a hat rack, or an umbrella. After watching this play, we hope your family will explore some creative storytelling on your own!