Magical production at Holy Cross College

James Evans, Jack Hammon and Angela Gethin rehearse for Holy Cross College’s production of Narnia’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Picture: Bruce Hunt        www.communitypix.com.au   d438314
James Evans, Jack Hammon and Angela Gethin rehearse for Holy Cross College’s production of Narnia’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Picture: Bruce Hunt        www.communitypix.com.au d438314

DRAMA students at Holy Cross College are set to take their audience into a world of magic, mythical beasts and talking animals.

Budding actors from years 1 to 12 will perform a jazz-inspired musical version of Narnia’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which is tipped to be the school’s biggest production to date.

About 55 actors and stage crew are taking part in the show.

The story follows four siblings who are sent to the country house of the eccentric Professor Kirk during the World War II bombings of London.

One day Lucy finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia and soon returns there with her brothers Peter and Edmund and her sister Susan.

There they join the magical lion Aslan in the fight against the evil White Witch.

“It’s a really rewarding challenge for the kids,” co-director and music co-ordinator Chris McCrae said.

“It’s challenging because it moves between the real world and the fantasy world.”

“The jazz nature of the music helps with the shift from that fantasy to the reality, so we’ve really been able to play with staging elements and musical elements.

The school has taken on a technical director to help with some of the lighting affects in transitioning from the two separate worlds.

A wardrobe with an exit hole in the back will also help with the entry into Narnia.

Production dates are June 25 at noon and 6.30pm, June 26 at 6.30pm and June 27 at 12pm and 6.30pm

Tickets available at www.trybooking.com/120144.