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West Springfield High School The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

By • Nov 24th, 2009 • Category: Cappies

There is a magical world hidden from humans that is home to mysterious animals and blood curdling evils. Here, good and evil clash. The suppressing powers of evil smother happiness and leave the land of Narnia in distress. This land provides for the perfect adventure, and West Springfield High School embarks on its own journey in their production of Joseph Robinette’s, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This C.S Lewis classic was published in 1950, and has been arranged for the stage by Robinette, an acclaimed author of fifty-one published plays and musicals. His rendition of this play has become a popular favorite.

Four children from England arrive in a new house in the country where they begin to explore. Curious little Lucy (Megan Dumond) discovers a wardrobe, and upon her entry she is ecstatic to find a whole new world. She calls for her brother Edmund (Grayson Van Beuren), and then Susan (Siri Benn) and Peter (Doug Dunphy) then follow suit into Narnia. The four children discover the sadness within the perpetually icy Narnia, under the evil spell of the White Witch (Ruthie Rado).

The creatively depicted personalities of animals and their mannerisms, along with their interactions with humans add undoubted originality to this play.

Megan Dumond brought the energy that was needed for Lucy’s bubbly character. Her liveliness and understanding of her character was well developed and crafted accordingly, complimenting the beloved character of curious little Lucy.

Megan Fraedrich commanded the attention of the entire theatre, as her intriguing performance of Fenris Ulf was portrayed superbly in every aspect of her character. The development of this authoritative, intimidating wolf persona was carefully depicted in every movement, from the way she delicately prowled the stage, to the way she articulated her words, adding extra chills to this already frosty setting.

The timid, stuttering, Mr. Tumnus brought a new wave of energy to the stage. J.D. Fortney was intriguing and believable as a friendly fawn. He played his character with such precision and care that he brought his own originality to this interesting role. Gliding across the stage, on the balls of his feet, and with dedication to his character, it was hard to miss Fortney’s outstanding performance.

Kelsey Rose was the original composer and director for the music in the play, this difficult task was executed in a great manner by this young artist. The music was a major aspect in enriching the overall tone of this performance.

The overzealous ensembles distracted some of the attention away from the leads; however their energy and enthusiasm added a much appreciated extra bit of liveliness to the show.

The set was visually pleasing, and the small details and polished scene changes were quite fabulous. This ‘oomph’ in set brought out the energy that seemed to lag at times. Despite some glitches with the microphones, the lines were well delivered and every actor quickly adjusted to any problems they had faced on stage. The costumes were rendered artistically for every character, and the ingenuity of the costume design was fantastic as all the animals looked quite the part.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is an exciting adventure full of many enchanting characters, and the West Springfield cast made for an interesting performance.

by Caroline Burr of Flint Hill School

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