The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of four children who wander into a wardrobe and discover Narnia, a land cursed by an evil witch. It turns out that the only way to defeat this evil force is for the children to work together and put their faith in love, magic, and a unicorn! It’s a bit like students at L-Dub who put their faith in each other as they tackle the adventures of middle school and rely on love and friendships to make the world a better place. And, it never hurts to use the power of unicorns, too! This cast made the adventure through Narnia come alive as the sixth graders brought energy and enthusiasm to every song and dance whether they were wood nymphs, animals, or minions. The seventh grade came to every rehearsal with ideas and creativity as we revamped some Beatles songs, adding music to the adventure of putting on an L-Dub play. We may not be the “Fab Four,” but we did put a little band together with ukuleles, guitars, drums, a cello, and a piano to add live music to the L-Dub stage. The eighth grade crew did it all: painted, sewed, glued, built, filmed, strummed, and choreographed. As the crew members worked on all things technical, from lighting the show, setting sound and music cues, and creating projections, the rest of us at the theater get to sit back and enjoy the magic of Narnia.
While the students put their all into getting ready for this show, they did need some help from many teachers, parents, and volunteers. We could not have done this show without our Artistic Director, the patient and talented Ms. B, who spends her time at places like Goodwill and Michaels finding the best costumes and art supplies to make the actors shine even brighter. Theater week comes together because Ms. Colleen and Ms. Eva coordinate the many moving parts, while Ms. Mutschler and Sra. Jacquie make sure the actors are where they should be and are saying what they’re supposed to say (with volume and enunciation). Thanks to all the faculty and staff who ran to Stumptown for coffee, drove buses and cars to and from the theater, and came to see the show (often more than once!). And lastly, thanks to parents, families, and friends who fill the theater with laughter and love.
Here’s to using love to make the world a better place!