Something different on stage for the holidays. The Providence Players open The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe This Friday, December 12th.
Great theater – Great entertainment for the whole family and for a great cause.
The Providence Players stage C.S. Lewis Family Classic for the 2014 Holiday Season – Great Theater for a Great Cause – Opens December 12th
The Providence Players (PPF) continue their 17th season with a holiday treat for the whole family. On December 12, 2014, PPF will open The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe the C.S Lewis classic adapted by award winning playwright Joseph Robinette at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church.
This beloved C.S. Lewis classic that has inspired generations of readers, young and old alike, for more than 60 years will is directed for PPF by Brian O’Connor.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will run for two weeks from December 12 through December 21st for nine performances included four Saturday and Sunday matinees as well as evening performances on Thursday Friday and Saturday.
At the James Lee Community Center Theater
2855 Annandale Road in Falls Church, Virginia 22042
to assure your desire date – tickets will also be available at the door – Box Office Opens 40 minutes before show time
Great Theater for A Great Cause
The Providence Players and The Young Hearts Foundation are, once again, proud to bring you outstanding live theater for a great cause. Half of all net proceeds from this production will be donated to Young Hearts Foundation that strives to improve the lives of young people affected by long-term illness. For the past two years, over $16,000 was generated to support this important cause, and PPF hopes to increase its support in 2014.
Directed by Brian O’Connor
Produced by Prince McLaughlin and David Whitehead
Four children, evacuated from London during World War II, explore their new country home. Lucy, the youngest, stumbles upon a curious wardrobe, climbs in and discovers a magical forest in the land of Narnia. The land is under the power of a White Witch, and soon Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy must lead an entire kingdom in a fight for good. This popular and heart-warming tale is full of mystical creatures, talking animals and Aslan, the great lion and ruler of Narnia. A holiday treat that is good for the entire family.
Co-Produced by Providence Players and The Young Hearts
Nine performances including 4 Saturday and Sunday matinees as well as a Thursday evening performance in addition to Friday and Saturday evenings.
About the Play:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a timeless and enchanting tale that has been a favorite of children and adults for decades, was written by C.S. Lewis in 1950. This stage adaptation brings all of the magic and majesty of Lewis’ Narnia to the stage and has been neatly condensed by award-winning playwright Joseph Robinette. The adventures of four children who inadvertently wander into an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia are faithfully recreated, along with the benevolence and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, and his struggle with the White Witch. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are the four otherwise ordinary children until Lucy discovers a wardrobe that is really a gateway to the enchanted land of Narnia. The evil White Witch has cursed the land with eternal winter and turned many of her enemies to stone. With the arrival of the children, the land begins to change, murmurs of a prophecy surface, and rumors soon spread that Aslan, the beloved lion king, is going to return. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the guidance of Aslan as the children are crowned the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is truly a story of love, faith, courage and giving, and the triumph of good over evil. This beloved C.S. Lewis classic has inspired generations of readers, young and old alike, for more than 60 years.
About the Director:
This is director Brian O’Connor’s 6th show working with the award winning Providence Players. Previously he has directed It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (twice) and last winter’s A Christmas Carol. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama department, Brian has been seen on stage at Ford’s Theater, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and with other theater groups in the area. He was a member of the Interact Theatre Company for 5 years and performed with many of the founding acting members of Arena Stage in his career. When not working with PPF, Brian is a sports announcer for major equestrian competitions throughout the United States and was one of the stadium announcers for the Olympic Games in China in 2008. Brian is an inventive director with an eye for detail and staging and his productions are always rich, imaginative and delightful.