Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe returns to Claremont Showgrounds for Narnia-inspired Christmas magic

Tristan McInnes (Menora) as Mr Tumnus. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d488995
Tristan McInnes (Menora) as Mr Tumnus. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d488995

FULLY immersive show Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe returns for a third year to spread some C. S. Lewis-based Christmas spirit.

The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has inspired the family-friendly experience, with event creators Wunderstruck adding new characters and a bigger Narnia world for this December’s season at Claremont Showgrounds.

“My vision for this year is to create an immersive fantasy landscape that is both surreal and breathtaking, like stepping into a dream,” said Wunderstruck artistic director Vivienne Doran.

“Interactive, immersive theatre blurs the lines between actors and the audience so that they both play an active role in the story.

“In Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe, the characters will invite audience members to assist them, such as helping Mr Beaver fry his trout for supper, journeying to the White Witch’s cave to rescue Mr Tumnus and fixing the broken toy machine in the North Pole.”

Mr Beaver and the Mr Tumnus rescue mission are just two of the new characters and experiences this year, along with an elves’ toy shop and mythical creatures including a unicorn and fairies in the enchanted forest.

“My wish is that every person who steps through the Enchanted Wardrobe will experience what it’s like to step into a real adventure that touches their heart and imagination,” Doran said.

Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe is at Tom Wilding Pavilion, Claremont Showgrounds, December 1-2, 7-9, 14-24.

Sessions run for about 90 minutes and tickets are available at www.ticketek.com.au.

Tristan McInnes (Menora) as Mr Tumnus. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d488995