This morning my 3 and I went off to St. Luke's Theatre to watch an 11:00 a.m. performance of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Its always a tricky thing seeing seeing the play of a great book after you've seen a great movie of a great book. 1 of my 3 had read the book, 2 of my 3 remembered the movies fondly, and the 3rd had a mild memory of it all but she just turned 6 and there are so many more important things to remember when your 6.
The films The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008)), directed by Andrew Adamson, were very well done - a lovely series of films. My anxiety was that my children would expect great production values from this 100 (?) seat house. So, that was a great start of the conversation to prepare their minds; what can we expect if the house is so small that there was no rake (the seats did not slope) and there were only 2 performers in the entire cast. It was a good conversation to have. Lots of great ideas were shared and expectations were adjusted appropriately.
In the 50 minutes it took to tell the tale, my 3 were riveted the entire time. Andrew Fortman (Peter) and Erin Layton (Lucy) did a great job, with no set, nominal props but great story telling skills, at taking us back and forth through the wardrobe, conveying the emotional ups and downs this adventure.