If you think you’ve experienced C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, you haven’t experienced anything that compares to the production being presented by Theatre of Youth (TOY), Buffalo’s only professional theatre designed specifically for child audiences and their families. Directed by Chris Kelly and designed for young people ages seven and older, TOY’s adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is fun, innovative and interactive, and provides plenty of entertainment, including traveling musicians.
While it’s possible to view The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe purely as a fantasy adventure, the story is very much grounded in Christian themes, making it a version of the Easter story more accessible for children and perfect for this time of year. Public performances begin March 11 and run through April 3.
The first published (in 1950) and best known of the seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe tells the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who step through a magical wardrobe into Narnia, the once peaceful land of dwarves, fauns, giants and talking beasts, but now frozen into winter by the evil White Witch. Destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy, the four children must defeat the Witch, restore peace and sunshine to Narnia, and return Aslan, the King of Beasts, to his throne.
After each performance, TOY is pleased to present The M&T Bank Talkback. The audience is invited to stay seated as the actors lead a fun and interactive conversation that gives children the fullest understanding of the play.
Theatre of Youth is fully handicapped accessible. For tickets or additional information, please call 884-4400 or visit www.theatreofyouth.org.