The Magician's Nephew
Adapted for the stage by Aurand Harris based on the book by C.S. Lewis

March 18 through April 17, 2005

(Dallas, TX)  The legend of Narnia begins .......
Dallas Childrenıs Theater presents the first in C.S. Lewisı classic fantasy series, The Magicianıs Nephew from March 18 through April 17 in the Baker Theater at DCTıs Rosewood Center for Family Arts.

Following last seasonıs highly successful, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, DCT returns to Narnia and the beginning of the series known as The Chronicles of Narnia.  Written as a prequel, The Magicianıs Nephew provides the source and mythology behind the creation of Narnia.  Lewisı landmark series, regarded as a classic of childrenıs literature, is read by college students and adults as well as by children and adolescents.  The enduring popularity of his stories has even inspired an upcoming feature film, The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe..

Artie Olaisen, director of  both The Magicianıs Nephew and last yearıs The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, contrasts the two productions.  ³In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the young heroes engage in life and death battles, clashes of physical strength and fast paced adventure.  However, The Magicianıs Nephew exposes a more complex struggle of conscience and character through one boyıs quest to save his mother and which ultimately provides the link between our world and Narnia for further adventures in the series.²

C.S. Lewis wrote The Magicianıs Nephew in 1955 as the sixth of the seven Chronicles of Narnia.  However, author Lewis insisted that it should be the first book read.  The prequel, an allegory of creation and the Garden of Eden, relates the genesis of the world of Narnia.  In The Magicianıs Nephew, Lewis recounts a story of wonder and beauty, corruption and betrayal, hope and healing.

Young Digory and his friend, Polly, with magic rings created by Digoryıs uncle, are hurled through a series of encounters with mythical ancient kingdoms and enchanted lands.  In their travels, they unexpectedly awaken the evil queen, Jadis, unleashing her dark power and desire for conquest of other worlds.  Attempting to find some miracle cure for Digoryıs sick mother, the heroic children unintentionally bring Jadisı evil into Narnia, the new world which the great lion Aslan sings into existence.  In order to ³heal the harm² that Digory has brought to Narnia, Aslan sets the boy on a quest for a magic apple which will provide protection for Narnia against Jadis.

Bringing such an epic and imaginative work of literature to the stage presents enormous challenges for the artistic team.  Director Olaisen comments, ³This is an epic story full of fantastic locations, creatures and special effects.  In order to translate this adventure to the stage, one must narrow the epic size and vision to focus on the essential actions, themes and characters.²  However, loyal Narnia fans wonıt be disappointed. DCTıs The Magicianıs Nephew remains faithful to Lewisı classic.

To create the visual elements and effects of this production, DCT has assembled a veteran team of award-winning designers.  The collaborative efforts of scenic designer Zak Herring, costume designer Leila Heise, light designer Linda Blase, and sound designer Marco Salinas will transport audiences to other dimensions and worlds and, finally, to witness the creation of Narnia from a void to a vibrant land of enchantment.  The creative team has also enlisted the expertise of master puppet artisan, Kathy Burks, for conception and realization of the creature inhabitants of Narnia.

Enjoyed by all ages.

Fri - March 18; April 1, 8, 15 - 7:30 pm
Sat - March 19; April 2, 9, 16 - 1:30 pm
Sun - March 20; April 3, 10, 17 - 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm


TICKETS $10!  This performance only!  ( * sponsored by Target Stores)

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for children.  Special discount rates for
groups of 10 or more.

Box Office 214/740-0051 for reservations and ticket information.

Weekday Student Matinee shows also available Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Please call Artreach at 214/219-2049.

The Dallas Childrenıs Theaterıs 2004-2005 Season is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News, WFAA-TV Channel 8, The Rosewood Corporation, Dr Pepper/7Up, Target Stores, Maintenance of Dallas, Inc., KVIL 103.7 FM, and TACA;co-produced by El Centro Community College; and supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  American Airlines is the official airline of Dallas Childrenıs Theater.



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