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  • The magic of Narnia

  • Allie Cullver likes that she has the opportunity to play a character as evil as the White Witch in the Fort Osage High School production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

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  • Allie Cullver likes that she has the opportunity to play a character as evil as the White Witch in the Fort Osage High School production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
    “My favorite scene is when she kills Aslan. I get to stab him dramatically,” said the Fort Osage junior. “I like that she is a character that I can experiment with. She is not a normal human.”
    “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is based on the novel by C.S. Lewis. It is part of The Chronicles of Narnia series, which includes seven books, although, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is by far the most recognized. The novel is set in Narnia, a land four children discover after stepping through a wardrobe discovered in a spare room. Narnia is full of mythical beings and talking animals who are being ruled by the White Witch. The story focuses on the children and their attempt to break the witch’s spell, returning rule to Aslan, a lion who is the true king of Narnia.
    “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” is at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday at Fort Osage High School, 2101 N. Twyman Road. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and anyone younger than 5 is free.
    “This is a great family play with lots of interesting characters, and I think it lets the kids show off their skills,” director Jeannie Hutter said. “The biggest challenge has been all the tech stuff. We had no costumes and had to make all the sets. We really started with nothing. Spring break also means less time on stage.”
    Junior Claire Benedict plays Lucy, a brave, outgoing and curious young girl. Benedict said her favorite scene is where she meets Tumnus because it shows Lucy’s best qualities.
    “I love how Lucy is willing to go out of her way to do things for other people,” she said. “The British accent has been the hardest to develop. It took lots of practice and running lines over and over again.”
    Sophomore Carter Behler plays Edmund, who is jealous of his older brother Peter. Behler said Edmund feels he needs to prove to himself and others that he is as good as his brother.
    “In the end, he ends up helping and saving everyone from the witch,” he said. “I think the audience will enjoy seeing Aslan and the other characters, and, of course, the fight scenes, which are always good.”
    Senior Tyler Arndt plays Aslan, a character C.S. Lewis wrote as a version of Jesus Christ. Arndt describes the lion as bold, but gentle.
    “Playing Aslan is living up to a high standard. It takes a lot to be able to play that,” he said. “I think people will enjoy the emotion behind the play, and the feelings that it produces.”
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