Spring Lake play brings Narnia to life

Krystle Wagner • Nov 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — The land of Narnia will be coming to life on the Spring Lake High School stage.

“The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” opens at 7 tonight. Other performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens, and $12 for adults. They can be purchased online at www.springlakeschools.org.

Since mid-September, SLHS students have been working on bringing the characters to life from C.S. Lewis’ story set in the fictional land of Narnia.

The school’s theater director, Shaylynn Chalupa, said she selected the show for several reasons: many people are familiar with it, it’s a “nice contrast” to shows from previous seasons “which were dramatic classics,” and she likes having diversity when choosing shows.

When Erika McSheehy learned what the fall show would be, the 15-year-old said she was excited and interested to see how students would adapt characters they’ve known for so long.

Sophomore Emily Prescott said everyone has been dedicated in producing the show and making it one for audiences of all ages to enjoy.

“It’s a great show,” she said.

Having grown up knowing the adventures of the children helping the lion’s struggle against the White Witch, Kayla Raschke said she felt being in the show is a great opportunity to try something new. The SLHS junior, who will play the White Witch, said the magical play gives her a chance to escape reality, and it’s different from the dramas she’s previously been in.

Raschke encourages the community to see the show because it’s filled with talented students and has a great message for all ages.

In watching the production, Chalupa said she hopes the audience will “see that even the most normal of people can end up becoming fantastic leaders,” and for people to not let self-doubt stop them from making decisions they believe in.

“Nobody has to be lost forever,” she said. “There are certainly other themes within this show, but for an audience of young ones, the theme of rectifying one's mistakes is the most important, from my perspective.”

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