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‘Lion, Witch, Wardrobe’ aims for fun
‘Lion, Witch, Wardrobe’ aims for fun
Shayla Klingaman in her costume for the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which will be presented at UW-Platteville Richland on Friday, March 31, Saturday, April 1, Sunday, April 2 and April 7 and 8.

A cast of both new and veteran actors and actresses are hoping to entertain you with UW-Platteville Richland’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  The play, based upon C.S. Lewis’ fantasy novel, tells a story of hope and redemption that will appeal to all ages.  Tickets are only $5.00 to make it very affordable for families.

The show will take its viewers to the magical land of Narnia, where the evil White Witch makes it “always winter but never Christmas.”  The four Pevensie children travel through a magic wardrobe to join forces with talking forest animals, who follow Aslan, the great lion.  After their brother falls under the spell of the Witch, they must rescue him and do battle.

With over fifty actors in handmade costumes and makeup, along with special effects and large set pieces, the show is geared to be fun to watch.  “We really are trying to make it as much of a spectacle as we can,” said Brendan Merkle, the show’s Technical Director.  “We’re bringing in special lights for the show, along with a couple of surprises.”  

Adding to the beauty of the show will be scenic painter and designer Helen Mar Adams, whose granddaughter, Allison, plays an elf in the show.  “Things are really coming together for us this time around,” said Director Andrew Sharp.  “We’re getting just the help we need.”

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be shown on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at 7:00, on Sunday, April 2 at 1:00 as well as Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.  All shows are at the UW-Platteville Richland Coppertop Theater, 1200 Highway 14 West, Richland Center.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.