Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Seattle Children's Theatre presents The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!

*Disclosure: I received tickets to attend this show for the purpose of writing this review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

The 2016-2017 season started with a bang at Seattle Children's Theatre with the opening night of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I'm a longtime fan of pretty much everything that C.S. Lewis wrote, and an especially big fan of Narnia, so was very excited to see this play! In case you're new to Narnia, here's a bit about the play, from the SCT website:

SCT proudly presents C.S. Lewis' magical, timeless classic from his Chronicles of Narnia series, and one of our most beloved productions of all time. When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie arrive at the English countryside during the Second World War, they discover an enchanted wardrobe that spirits them away to the land of Narnia, where they find talking animals, mythical creatures, grand adventure, and a great quest awaiting them. No one is prepared, however, for a shocking betrayal that leads to one of the greatest battles of Good and Evil in children’s literature.
Parents and children familiar with the series, or discovering it for the first time, will love this dazzling musical which champions honesty, bravery, and goodness.

The play, as with all plays at SCT was absolutely beautifully presented. The sets and costumes were lovely and really brought the story to life. I was a bit surprised that this play was a musical. I'd missed that fact in reading about the play beforehand. The music was great, but personally I didn't think it added much to the story. Still, kids will like the songs and it does keep the play from getting too heavy. It's hard to scale such a big story into a play, but I thought the creators did a good job and that the actors were fantastic. This is a great way to introduce kids to the wonderful world of Narnia and a fun family event!