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Welcome to Narnia, at Aylsham High

Just Regional
Nov 21, 2016 3 mins read

Aylsham High School is being turned into Narnia in a few weeks’ time.

The floor of the main hall will soon be turned decidedly frosty, with Mr Tumnus’ house in one corner, the lamppost through the back of the wardrobe in another, Mr and Mrs Beaver’s lodge and even the White Witch’s icy castle with inhabitants of Narnia who have been turned to stone.

And for £6 a ticket, members of the public can be transported to Narnia too, to experience Aylsham High School’s production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

As one of the drama staff, Tanya Wiseman said, the audience will feel as if they too have stepped through the back of the wardrobe and entered Narnia.

“The students will be enacting the play on the floor of our main hall rather than the stage, which makes this a very special and atmospheric production indeed. Our aim is to make everyone feel part of the action, as if they’re there in Narnia watching the Pevensey children and Aslan take on the forces of winter,” she said.

There will be 30 students, playing the famous characters … from Aslan to the statues who come to life when the White Witch’s cold-hearted grip on Narnia is broken forever.

Mrs Wiseman said: “It’s quite an amazing production, it’s right up to date. We’ve spent hours getting the feel of it just right. There are sixty pictures on panels to help ‘dress the set’, it looks phenomenal. You’re actually in Narnia, you’ll feel you’re in Narnia. You’ll be in the battlefield, you’ll be with Mr Beaver as he takes you fishing.”

Our picture shows Edmund (Saul Burgess) and Peter (Ally Mitchell) practising their swordsmanship before the great battle. Jess Curtis is Susan and Purdy Harlow is Lucy.

Ben Sayers is Aslan, dressed in a gold waistcoat and bow tie, head girl Olivia Hill is the White Witch and Dominic Lawrence is Mr Tumnus, the fawn. Mr and Mrs Beaver are Thomas Curtis and Bobbi Wilson.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is being performed at Aylsham High School at 7.30pm on Friday 2nd December and at 2.30 and 7.30 on Saturday 3rd December. Tickets for the spring musical Guys and Dolls will also be going on sale then. Tickets are £6 and available from the school’s box office – boxoffice@aylshamhigh.norfolk.sch.uk  or on the door.

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