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Some stories are so important that they must be retold and experienced
by every new generation. C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” the first installment of the famous Chronicles of Narnia, is just such a story.
That’s why a group of about 20 children (ages 6 through 18) from White Rock and Los Alamos have been memorizing lines and blocking scenes all summer. Now they’re ready to present a 90-minute stage adaptation of the classic, spiritual fantasy at White Rock Baptist Church on Aug. 2-3.
“My favorite part (about the rehearsal process) has been hanging out onstage with my friends and acting, said 10-year-old Filippo Delzanno, who is playing the character Edmund Pevensie. “I want to show the audience that my character is a guy who likes being rewarded for things, but friendship is the best thing to have. If Edmund didn’t have friends, no one would have gone to save him. The White Witch would have killed him.”
“It was difficult, but really fun,” Sage Wilcox, 10, said of playing the White Witch. “She’s a totally different personality — a really mean person — but now I’ve got it down!”
Wilcox said she enjoyed rehearsals so much that she once suggested the cast record all of their special and hilarious moments to create a blooper reel later.
Sage’s brother, Braden Wilcox, 18, stars as the lion Aslan.
This project, conceived without a budget as an unofficial summer extension of the Chamisa Elementary Drama Club, has relied heavily on the time and talent of parent volunteers to come to fruition, as well as the assistance of Daren Savage and the Atomic City Children’s Theatre summer workshops.
There will be two performances, 7 p.m., Aug. 2 and 2 p.m., Aug. 3. Admission is free, however donations are accepted.
“The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” was dramatized by Joseph Robinette and directed by Cindy Richard, a fourth grade teacher at Chamisa Elementary School.