The Opelika High Theatre Society is bringing C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s book to life as it kicks off a fall production of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’
This fast-action, 80-minute play is a community show that should hold the attention of anyone in the audience.
“It touches all the characters that are in the original novel,” said Revel Gholston, theatre educator and director for Opelika High School. “I think some of the actors have definitely read the story when they were younger, so that enhanced the actors’ knowledge of the play.”
The students auditioned for the play in the summer and began rehearsing as soon as the new school year started.
“We have worked really hard, and I think it’s gonna be awesome,” Gholston said. “We built our frozen wonderland of Narnia, and you have some pretty cool aspects of it.”
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The audience can expect to see centaurs, unicorns and beavers as the whimsical background changes before their eyes throughout the production.
“I’m excited for the kids to see it,” he said. “They have this imagination that is still in their soul, and they are able to get in touch with the story pretty quickly.
“Since I read the books when I was young, the show helps me feel a little bit younger and remember some of my childhood.”
There are five more opportunities to see The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts, as the show runs on through Oct. 2. The curtain raises at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturdays, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sundays.
There are no shows on Friday nights for obvious reasons. (Go Bulldogs!)
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and can be purchased from the actors, online or at the door.
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