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Annex/Dreamers to present ‘Lion, Witch, Wardrobe’

Published: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Annex/Dreamers Theatre Group will presenting C.S. Lewis’ beloved “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” Jan. 11 through 13 at Northern Illinois University’s Corner Theatre.

The play tells the famous tale of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy – four siblings in World War II-era England who are sent away from London to live in the countryside, where they will be safe from air raids and bombings. While they are staying in a large, historic country house owned by an old professor, Lucy discovers that a wardrobe in a spare room is a gateway to a magical land called Narnia.

Based on the well-loved book by C.S. Lewis, the play explores the four children’s adventures in Narnia where they learn about bravery, loyalty and the meaning of friendship. Time magazine included the novel in its “All-TIME 100 Novels.” It has been published in 47 foreign languages and made into three major feature films.

“This is an exciting, family-friendly play that is perfect for children of all ages,” director Calvin Coran said in a news release. “This cast has done a great job of bringing Narnia to life with all its interesting characters and dangerous adventures.”

Aslan is played by Noah Brock, and Lucy is played by Shiloh Smith and Analiese Hudson. The role of Edmund is played by Nathan Davis.

The role of Susan is played by Hannah Wells and Eliza Coran, and the role of Tumnas is played by Marc Thompson. The White Witch will be played by Mary Flaherty and Izzy Hepker, and Mr. Beaver is played by Madison Bound.

The role of Mrs. Beaver is played by Olivia Holloway-Racine and Kara Strohm, and Peter is played by Brooks Coran.

The Centaur is played by Lauren Brazeau and Amber Leston, and Fenris Ulf is played by Baylee Moon and Sofia Mattson. Cumorah Bound and Christina Baca play Dwarf, and Erin Hawkins and Brittany Moudy play the role of the Elf.

Father Christmas is played by Grant VanLanduyt, and the role of the Unicorn is played by Cadmium Bound and Michaela McMahon.

Animals will be played by Sandra Brown, Merri Bork, Marly Richards, Timothy McMahon, Kathleen Walstrom, Taylor VanLanduyt, Sarah Davis, Libby Mildner, Maria Holloway-Racine and Clara Coran.

Army members will be played by Zippora Hanson and Sarah Lehan.

“This will be a very entertaining and exciting walk through the forests of Narnia,” Coran said in the release. “It’s a perfect family show to kick off the new year.”

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12; and 2 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13.

Tickets cost $5 for students and children, and $8 for adults, available at the door one hour prior to curtain.

NIU’s Corner Theatre is in the Stevens Building behind McDonald’s on Lincoln Highway. For more information, visit

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