Striking fear in the audience

April 29, 2008|By HANNAH TUSSING / Pulse Correspondent

What's Narnia? "It's all the land that lies between this lamppost and the great castle of Cair Paravel." This begins the journey of four children to the magical land of Narnia in C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

For the past several months, my drama team, Y-ROC, (Youth Reaching Others for Christ), has been attempting to bring this production to life.

This group is composed of teenagers, so of course we enjoy hanging out together. Seth Decker, 17, who plays Peter, put it this way. "This has been one of the most socially gratifying experiences of my life. Every single Y-ROCer has made me grow in way I would have never imagined!"

Even though it has been very fun, there are many challenges getting a production like this together. Most of the actors would agree that lines are a big problem. Jeremiah Gayman, 18, who plays Aslan, the great lion, said, "Getting lines memorized was very challenging for me and other actors in the production."


Another tricky part to this play is the makeup and costumes. For example, I am a 15-year-old girl, but I'm playing the part of Fenris Ulf, a wolf. Since he is Captain of the Witch's Secret Police, we decided that putting me in a big fur suit would not be scary. Instead, I'm in a military uniform with wolf hands, tail and ears. By choosing this direction, the makeup used to make me look like a wolf is very important.

We have a small army of moms and teens that are doing makeup. They will be responsible for changing 19 teen faces into all sorts of animals.

Then there is the acting. Caleb Cheek, 15, who plays Mr. Tumnus the faun, said this is challenging.

"I think pulling off the characters is really hard. After seeing the movie or reading the books, people have a strong idea of how they think the character would act," Caleb said. "So we as actors need to do our characters justice."

With all these things to worry about, we don't want to lose the real message of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Mandy Jenkins, 16, who plays a butterfly summed it up like this "We all go through the battle of life, but God is on our side, and he sent a substitute to bear the consequence of our sins. All we have to do is accept the free gift - salvation through Christ."

Meredith Sumner, 18, who plays Lucy, found this message in the play: "There is so much spirituality packed into Narnia! There is a scene where Lucy asks Aslan if anything can be done to save her brother. Aslan simply says, 'All will be done.' That's really spoken to me, because so often I want an immediate answer and consolation to whatever it is I'm worried about. I forget to trust in God, that He knows what He's doing and, yes, 'all will be done.'"

If you go ...

WHAT: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

WHERE: Bedington United Methodist Church, near the Spring Mills exit of Interstate 81 in West Virginia

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2; and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3

COST: Free admission

CONTACT: 304-274-2011

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