We are massive Adventure Theatre MTC groupies now, but back in December of 2007 we selected Adventure Theatre for our then four-year-old Charlie’s first stage production ever. It was a two-person telling of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a book we had been reading to him at bedtime. We guessed that the small theater, children-centric storytelling and one-act format would be a great first foray to theatre for our preschooler.
We were so right. The outing was a success, as Charlie was awed and delighted by the experience, and riveted through the entire play. He made so many exciting connections during and after the show. He loved how his imagination was the “third actor” in the production, as he watched the two talented actors transform themselves from Lucy to the White Witch, or from Edmund to Aslan.
This past Sunday was Charlie’s 13th birthday, and was also the opening weekend of the 2016 production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which runs this month through December 31st. Our entire family attended, plus Charlie’s fellow 7th grader best friend. And all of us, from the parents in their forties to our kindergartener Alice, were completely entranced by the play as we were transported to Narnia. I love that the play was just as satisfying for Charlie at age 13 as it was when he was barely four.
The production was different, more robust in set design and even more imaginative than the one we saw nine years ago, but the acting was just as stellar. There are again two actors who through voices, mannerism and props transform themselves to all of the characters, with the core roles of Lucy and Peter narrating the story. From a whining Edmund, to a perfectionist Susan, to a prancing Mr. Tumnus, and of course a courageous Aslan, the entire holiday-feeling story came to life before our eyes.
The show is the ideal way to celebrate the season with your children. Tickets are bound to sell out for the weekend and winter vacation shows, so be sure to reserve your tickets now!
Photos by DJ Corey Photography. Review tickets received. No additional or monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.