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Theatrical Production/Southern California

Postby Mornamoice » 21 Apr 2006, 16:59

I am definitely going to try to get tickets for this! Anyone Wardrobians in Southern California care to join me?

http://www.lacanadaonline.com/articles/2006/04/20/entertainment/lap-narnia420.txt
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Re: Theatrical Production/Southern California

Postby Stanley Anderson » 21 Apr 2006, 17:17

Mornamoice wrote:I am definitely going to try to get tickets for this! Anyone Wardrobians in Southern California care to join me?

http://www.lacanadaonline.com/articles/2006/04/20/entertainment/lap-narnia420.txt


Sierra Madre is a bit too far for us on this one (not to mention that we'll be at a "Copelia" ballet that our son will be in at that time).

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…on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a fair green country under a swift sunrise.
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re: Theatrical Production/Southern California

Postby carol » 21 Apr 2006, 19:48

I am very confused about this show:

The stage and auditorium become the basement studios and audience of the London BBC in spring 1941 at the height of the Blitz. The British cast and production team for the radio-play Narnia are gathered in the studio. They act and sing their roles along with a combination of vintage sound effects replications. Even when bombs begin to fall (actual historical recordings), being British, they "keep a stiff upper lip and carry on."

"This will be an authentic, historical enactment as well as an entertaining experience for adults and children alike," says Alison Kalmus, artistic director of SCLT.


Why has the writer of this production chosen to suggest that there would be a radio play being presented in 1941 of a book not written until 1950??

Why do they think it is a historical enactment? Whaaaaat?
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re: Theatrical Production/Southern California

Postby AlisonKalmus » 06 May 2006, 13:57

Southern California Lyric Theater is taking Dramatic License with the 7 year time difference between WWII and the publication of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," and dramatizing the similarities of what Narnia and England were facing.
"Narnia" is a show within a show. The actors and audience enter the basement of the BBC Radio Studio (the time being the Spring of heaviest Blitz bombings when the BBC actually did have to transmit from their basement). After a few minutes of radio and actor business, broadcasting time approaches and the "ON AIR" switch is flipped. The British actors transform themselves into the Narnian characters and the program goes forth on the British airwaves, while the studio audience watches.
C.S. Lewis felt very strongly about the appeasement of Facists and equated the Nazis and their absolute and cruel single mindedness with that of Jadin and her governance of Narnia. Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of England) was often called the "Great Lion" for all that he did for the British during the war. (Listen to his speeches in the BBC Archives and here him roar!) Also the British Lion, the emblem of Great Britain, plays a significant part in the choice of Aslan as the "Great Lion" by C.S. Lewis.
The music (professional opera and music theater voices) underline the spiritual, emotional and humorous aspects of this story.
Audiences are coming more than once and the show is getting standing ovations. One patron was overheard saying that the death of Aslan made her cry in this production and she felt it more moving than the movie version.This is the last weekend so hope you can see this unique production. It doesn't dishonor the story but reiterates the time and events that influenced C.S. Lewis' allegory of hope, spiritual resurrection and the constant battle against forces of fascism and terrorism.
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re: Theatrical Production/Southern California

Postby Sven » 06 May 2006, 14:14

Welcome, Alison!
Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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re: Theatrical Production/Southern California

Postby carol » 07 May 2006, 09:10

Very interesting! But I'm afraid it doesn't appeal to me at all, either as a theatre person or as a Lewis reader.

Did this "Dramatic Licence" get approval from the C.S.Lewis company? (They are very careful about protecting the integrity of Lewis' work.)
I'd really like to know whether this is actually an authorised adaptation. It just seems to have a whole new political comment on the story, and to be trying to say something it isn't - since when did Aslan represent a British Prime Minister, for goodness sake?
Please can you give any information about that?
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Re: Theatrical Production/Southern California

Postby AlisonKalmus » 05 Jan 2010, 21:39

Just saw the above and, though a bit late, here's some interesting info in reference to the Fascist and BBC radio question.

"I am not thinking here solely, perhaps not even chiefly, of those who are our public enemies at the moment [1944]. The process which, if not checked, will abolish Man goes on apace among Communists and Democrats no less than Fascists. The methods may (at first) differ in brutality. But many a mild-eyed scientist in pince-nez, many a popular dramatist, many an amateur philosopher in our midst, means in the long run just the same as the Nazi rules of Germany. Traditional values are to be ‘debunked’ and mankind to be cut out into some fresh shape at the will (which must, by hypothesis, be an arbitrary will) of some few lucky people in one lucky generation which has learned how to do it. The belief that we can invent ‘ideologies’ at pleasure, and the consequent treatment of mankind as mere hyle , specimens, preparations, begins to affect our very language." - C.S. Lewis

About The Book - C. S. Lewis in a Time of War The World War II Broadcasts That Riveted a Nation
"During the most desperate years of World War II, Lewis was asked by the British Broadcasting Corporation's recently created Home Service to give radio addresses to a nation shaken by war. C. S. Lewis in a Time of War The World War II Broadcasts That Riveted a Nation is a fascinating look at how these talks were created and the enthusiastic response they generated at a time when bombing in London caused many radio stations to be evacuated." Harper Collins publishing
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