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C.S. Lewis classic to be performed at the Averitt May


May 05, 2017

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When four children went into a mysterious wardrobe, none of them anticipated the great adventure they’d have – or that we’d be tagging along.

The Statesboro Youth Theater group at the Averitt Center for the Arts will perform “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” beginning May 4. The story focuses on the four Pevensie children: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. The foursome is evacuated during World War II to the countryside to live with Professor Digory Kirke. Lucy finds a mysterious wardrobe and enters, with no idea that it leads to a land called Narnia. The quartet soon finds themselves in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil.

The show features a large cast of more than 40, and includes a wide span of ages, from adults all the way to 5- and 6-year-old performers, said Eddie Frazier, co-director and costume master for the show.

John Parcels will portray the lion Aslan, and Sarah Kate Thompson will take on the role of Lucy. The other Pevensie children will be portrayed by Kian DeVine (Edmund), Joshua Drew Hawkins (Peter) and Chloe Stack (Susan).

Isabel Vicers will play the White Witch, with Garett Coleman as Mr. Tumnus, and Kevin Kolbe and Amber Wade as Mr. and Mrs. Beaver.  Other cast members include Bryan Burke Jr., Jameson Orvis, Kimball Shaw, Shanna Haselton, Kenzie Cannady, Zac Davis, Stan Haselton, Caroline Snipes, John Marsh, Cecilia Marsh, Aidan Sowell, Sofia Constantini, Claire Kennedy, Erin Henry, Hugh Henry, Wyatt Henry, Rowan Henry, Bridget Henry, Dominick Henry, Mackenzie Harvey, Aliya Cunningham, Sophie Lunsford, Trenton White, Kiera Andrews, Phoebe Hansen, Olyana Deckard, Katie Calhoun, Avery Kuytandall, Madison Harvey, Kayli Tipton, Julian Schwarz, Jack Blackmon, Edy Kaleta, Xavier Deckard, Tori Mills, Lucas Mather, Kain Price, Noah Shuman, Ella Wilkie and Ally Keene.

The show is directed by Bethany DeZelle. Stage manager is Ashley Brack, the set is designed by Bunyan Morris, and the lighting and sound design is by Robert Faller.

Frazier said there were more than 100 people who auditioned for the show, making it the largest turnout for auditions ever at the Averitt.

“The story itself is one of the greatest in literature,” Frazier said. “The actors are working diligently to present these characters authentically in the way they were originally written by C. S. Lewis.”


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