This show will be interpreted for the hearing impaired on Saturday, Dec. 21st at 2 pm.
Going to The Rose Guide
It’s almost time for our next production, Narnia, a musical version of the first beloved novel in The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis! We’ve assembled some special information to help you and your family to get ready for the upcoming for performance. Before you go to the show, you might want to take a few moments to review this
“Know Before You Go” Guide so everyone will know what to expect from the performance!
The Story You Will See
Narnia is based on the first novel in The Chronicles of Narnia series of children’s books by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In this story four siblings find
themselves living in a new house after leaving London during World War II. In this house, they discover that an old wardrobe in their new home is actually a portal into the mystical land of Narnia! The evil White Witch has ruled for one hundred years of winter, turning animals and people into stone when they upset her! The four children discover that they are a part of an old prophecy to save Narnia, and they must engage in a gigantic battle for the future of Narnia. With the help of Aslan, the lion, will the siblings be able to conquer the White Witch and restore peace and happiness to the strange and wonderful land of Narnia?
The Characters You Will Meet
• White Witch – The evil queen of Narnia. Because of her unfair leadership, Narnia is a
cold land of winter and despair.
• Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie – Four siblings who discover the land of Narnia by walking through an old wardrobe.
• Mr. Tumnus – The first character Lucy meets in Narnia. Mr. Tumnus is a faun,
half-goat and half-human. He truly cares about his friends and risks his safety to
• Mr. & Mrs. Beaver – This comedic duo is married and helps the four siblings find
Aslan, the lion. Like Mr. Tumnus, their priority is justice regardless of the White
Witch’s scary powers!
• Aslan – A majestic and brave lion who is leading the fight to save Narnia from the
• Dwarf and Fenris Ulf – Assistants to the White Witch who are expected to carry out
her evil plans.
• The Cruelies – Various other loyal subjects of the White Witch.
• Father Christmas – The familiar jolly, red-suited, bewhiskered character also
known as Santa Claus! He brings a little holiday joy to the frozen world of Narnia.
• Aslan’s Followers – Other citizens of Narnia who join Aslan to fight the White
Witch and her subjects.
Here are few things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
• In the second act, the White Witch captures Aslan. She cuts his hair off and actually kills him on stage. This scene might be a bit scary or upsetting for some younger audience members unfamiliar with the story.
• The younger boy, Edmund, can be quite rude to his elders and especially his siblings! You may want to discuss with your family why Edmund acts the way he does and the consequences of his actions.
• Aslan states, “…even one who is not truly wicked can follow wickedness to get what he wants”. This show deals with the mature theme of how our ambitions can cause us to make bad decisions. You may want to discuss priorities with your family and think about how our choices affect others.
• The end of the play involves a rather epic battle of good versus evil. The staging of the violent confrontation may be too intense for some younger audience members.
• The works of C.S. Lewis, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, typically involve allegorical references to religion and morality. Families may want to have a conversation about the characters, the story, and the moral issues that are a part of these stories.
From Page to Stage
• The author of the book, C.S. Lewis, once stated, “You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream.” He wrote hundreds of books that have sold millions of copies and have beentranslated in over 30 languages.
• In his essay “It All Began with a Picture”, C.S. Lewis reveals that his 7-book series, “all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself: ‘Let’s try to make a story about it.’”
• The playwright who adapted the book into a play, Jules Tasca, originally performed with a Commedia dell’Arte group in Italy. Commedia dell’arte is a type of theater that includes stock comical characters and lots of improvisation.
Topics for Dinnertime Discussion
One of the best ways to enjoy a play is to talk about the story and the characters with family and friends who saw the show. Here are some topics you can discuss before and after you visit The Rose Theater to see the production.
Before the Show
• At the beginning of the story, the four Pevensie children are placed in a new home with the Professor and Mrs. Macready where they discover the exciting land of Narnia.
At times, they may miss London and feel homesick. What are some ways you handle feeling homesick when you are far from home?
• This show portrays some great examples of strong friendships. Mr. Tumnus, Mr. Beaver, Mrs. Beaver, and others put themselves at great risk to help the four children they have befriended. What makes a good friend? What are some things you have done to help your
• In the story, the Pevensie children face some very “grown-up” challenges. Mr. Beaver tells the siblings, “You can’t be children forever.” As you have grown older, what are some new responsibilities you have had to face? What new things have you learned in the last year?
After the Show
• The younger “Son-of-Adam,” Edmund, eagerly accepts Turkish Delight from the White Witch. She ends up taking advantage of Edmund and he ends up in a dangerous situation. What would you have done in Edmund’s situation? What are some ways we can be
careful around people we do not know well?
• Peter doubts that he will be able to lift the heavy sword. However with some encouragement from the people around him, he proves able to successfully lift the sword
above his head. Have you ever faced a task that you were worried you could not accomplish? How did you family and friends support you? Why is it important to have
support when you are trying to meet a challenge? What are some ways we can show support for others?
• The White Witch rules over her kingdom by causing the people of Narnia to fear her power. She causes it to always be winter (and never Christmas!) in Narnia. However Aslan’s leadership helps to end the streak of winter and introduces spring with hope and kindness. What are some qualities of a good leader? How can we be good leaders in our homes or our schools?
Awesome Aftershow Activities
After your family enjoys the performance, you might want to try these fun and educational activities at home to extend the experience! Try these:
1) Walk into a Winter (& Spring & Summer & Autumn) Wonderland! – In the story of Narnia, seasons are very significant. What colors or emotions do you associate
with each season? Using your favorite art supplies, create pictures of the four seasons (or even of Narnia’s). Make a gallery of your artwork and imagine yourself stepping into each of your drawings to act out a story there.
2) Try a Tantalizing Turkish Treat! – Edmund loves a sweet treat called Turkish Delight so much it gets him into trouble! You can try making this tasty treat yourself (with a grownup, of course). There are many recipes on the internet—from the very simple to the more complicated. Check your favorite recipe web site to find one you like and share your culinary creation with your family and friends!
3) It’s Father Christmas! – Place an empty box on the ground and use your imagination to decide what Father Christmas has brought for you! Then pantomime the use of your gift. You could swing your sword around like Peter or shoot an arrow like Susan!
4) Wander through a Wardrobe! – The Rose is celebrating the wonder of the holiday season be asking young artists to share their own imaginative “Wander Through the Wardrobe” visions. Theatergoers will a special worksheet created by artist Paula Wallace. (You can also download it on our web site.) Use this page to create YOUR wardrobe world!
While at The Rose
• Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session! – A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you
about the story.
• Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph! – Some actors will be available after the show to
say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their autographs for you. You can meet them on the
mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.
• Take Home a Souvenir! – The Rose Guild presents a souvenir stand before and after
many performances offering a variety of fun and inexpensive show-related mementos. The
proceeds help to support the great education programs at The Rose Theater!
• Grab a Theater Classes Brochure! – If you like what you saw on the stage and think you’d like to be a part of it, try taking a theater class here at The Rose Theater. We offer a wide range of arts classes for every interest and experience level.