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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

flatlands theatre company / Winkler, MB

Posted: 07/12/2011 11:19 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/17/2011 2:21 PM | Updates

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Alloway Hall (Venue 4), to Saturday

Actors Boewen Weibe and Kim Ireton look every inch the innocent 1940s children in both manner and dress in this gentle family production. Their wide-eyed, earnest method of addressing the audience connected well with the children in attendance. Portraying siblings Peter and Lucy, they recount their adventures in the magic land of Narnia.

Unfortunately, the show relies too much on the audience’s imagination. No matter how appealing the narrators are, it becomes hard to stay focused on someone simply reciting a story for an entire hour, even if they do attempt to physically re-enact some of the events. The complicated tale of fantastical Narnia begs for some more props and visuals. Things became particularly confusing when the pair attempted to portray four siblings amongst all the other characters. Knowledge of the story would also be useful to fill in events given short shrift due to time constraints.

Imagination is a wonderful thing, but in this case, it could use a little help.

— Janice Sawka

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Peter and Lucy have been to Narnia and want to share their experiences with you. Join them in reliving this epic story by CS Lewis. The story was built on the use of imagination, and this adaptation truly uses that inspiration to bring it to life on stage.

"Yes of course you'll get back to Narnia again someday …. Indeed, don't try to get there at all. It'll happen when you're not looking for it."

"A magical story from a very unique perspective. The show is well-crafted, setting expectations from the beginning, which releases the audience to use their imaginations. Bravo!" - Anonymous

http://www.flatlandstheatre.com/

Recommended For: Family Friendly

Length: 60 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $7 for Matinees, Kids (12 & under)

Babes in arms permitted.

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Updated on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 2:21 PM CDT: Adds review

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