The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe pick ups

The SIU Department of Theater is producing 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' for the stage.

COURTESY STEVE BUHMAN

CARBONDALE — The evil White Witch has taken control of the land and cast a frozen spell over Narnia. Now, only the bravest and noblest of heroes can stop her.

SIU Theater will treat the region to an encore production of C.S. Lewis’ classic fantasy tale “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” dramatized for the stage by SIU alumnus Joseph Robinette, Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 in the McLeod Theater.

Filled with intrigue, adventure and action, this 1989 stage adaptation has all the mystery and magic of the original 1950 story as Lucy and her three siblings find their way to the troubled land of Narnia. There, brother Edmund, beguiled by the evil queen, wrestles with greedy betrayal, finds redemption in forgiveness, and joins his brother and sisters as they team with the lion, Aslan, to help end the White Witch’s rule.

Joseph Robinette, who penned the script, received a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from SIU. He is the author or co-author of 55 published works, receiving awards for a lifetime of adapting children’s classics. In 2013, he was nominated for a Tony Award for the libretto of Broadway’s acclaimed “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” This year, Mr. Robinette will be in Carbondale for the production, and will present a lecture at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, prior to the 2 p.m. matinee performance.

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, through Saturday, Dec. 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the McLeod Theater.

Regular tickets are $18 for adults and $6 for children and students. A family four-pack is on sale for $40, using promo code 4for40. Tickets can be obtained during regular hours Monday through Friday by phone at 618-453-6000, in person at the McLeod Theater or SIU Arena box offices or online at theater.siu.edu. There is a School Matinee 10 a.m., Nov. 30, with special pricing for school groups.

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