Stage adaption of classic novel made for entertaining theater

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By Gina Schultz

A group of children from elementary schools on the Hill performed the timeless C.S. Lewis classic “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Aug. 3 at the White Rock Baptist Church.
The set was simple and the 20-plus members of the cast utilized the entire auditorium by prancing up and down the aisles and fighting the elaborate final fight scene.
For being so young, the five lead characters did very well. The leads were Elise Chavez, 9, as Lucy, Filippo Delzano, 10, as Edmund, Lidia Appell, 10, as Susan, Ryan Rushton, 9, as Peter and Sage Wilcox, 10, as the White Witch. Wilcox’s older brother Braden, 18, led the cast playing the noble lion Aslan.
Chavez and Delzano’s lines were clear and loud enough for the whole audience to hear, which sometimes can be difficult to do in children’s theater.
“Chavez did a great job learning so many lines in such a short time period,” Director Cindy Richard said, a fourth grade teacher at Chamisa Elementary.
Cameron Haag had a stellar performance with his role of Tumnus. His compassion toward Lucy was heartwarming. Carter Haag and Marie Lee played the adorable Mr. and Mrs. Beaver wonderfully.
The cast was comprised of students from mostly Chamisa and Piñon Elementary Schools in White Rock.

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