C.S. Lewis's classic tale, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe will be performed for the community on Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the Batavia campus of Genesee Community College. Students from the Children's Theatre class at Genesee will also be presenting the play to area school children as part of the college's community outreach program.
The cost for this event is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. Genesee students with a current ID pay only $2.00.
Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland on November 29, 1898 and published his first book, Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics, in 1919 under the pseudonym Clive Hamilton. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was written in 1949 and published in 1950 as part of The Chronicles of Narnia series. The story chronicles the adventures of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, four children evacuated from London during the Blitz, who flee to the house of an old professor. Inclement English weather forces them to explore the old house. Adventure ensues as Lucy investigates an old wardrobe in an empty room and discovers a parallel world beyond the confines of the closet. Despite criticism from friends and colleagues for his decision to write for children, Lewis remains best loved and most remembered for these tales.
David Eitemiller, Associate Director of Performing Arts at Genesee is the faculty supervisor for the Children's Theatre class. "We're especially thrilled to be working with this story. Lewis's stories were not only better than most children's books which appeared at the time, but became almost instant classics." Eitemiller added that "the theatre students have had great fun with the costumes and scenery for this play, creating life-size puppets and a giant wardrobe." The Children's Theatre class has been inviting local students to the theatre for three years as part of the Community Outreach initiative. "It's a great way to introduce elementary students to theatre," Eitemiller concluded.
Tickets for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe are on sale now and can be reserved by calling the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814.