The ACT"s "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" is This Weekend at the Bama Theatre

Caleb Burdette (Edmund Pevensie) and Mary Kathryn Matthews (the White Witch) size each other up before rehearsing their intricate stage combat. Caleb Burdette (Edmund Pevensie) and Mary Kathryn Matthews (the White Witch) size each other up before rehearsing their intricate stage combat. Annie Ellis

Ever heard of a wardrobe with a majestic lion, an evil witch, and even a couple of talking beavers inside? Well, come journey through the magical land of Narnia where you will meet these characters and more as the Actor’s Charitable Theatre (ACT) brings The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa, Dec. 15-18. 

Based on the first book in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe tells the story of four children who discover an enchanted wardrobe with a magical land inside known as Narnia. There, they discover the White Witch, who has deprived the land’s inhabitants of Christmas, and has made it a daunting winter for the past 100 years. The four children meet a faun, two beavers, and a lion along the way, as they help defeat the evil witch and ultimately become the new kings and queens of all of Narnia. 

The White Witch is played by Mary Kathryn Mathews, a veteran of many ACT productions, who has also served in many other positions with the ACT, such as director and musical director. 

“My character’s motive is to keep Narnia ‘pale, cold, and lifeless’ just like herself,” Mathews said. “When Narnia starts to change with the arrival of the kids, it forces her to change, and she can’t have that.”

Mathews also noted that she read an article about the White Witch that refers to the character as a “Devil in Disguise” and explains that she brings out evil desires in others. 

“When you think of evil, you generally associate it with dark or black, but that isn’t the case here,” Mathews added.

Benji Stockton, director and choreographer of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, said the show will be filled with magic, special effects, sword fighting, and, most of all, heart. 

“As artists, it’s our job to tell stories by taking them from the storybook page and bringing them to life on the stage,” Stockton said. 

According to Stockton, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is an experience people do not want to miss. 

“You will be taken on a fantastical journey through the eyes of the Pevensie children as they encounter the evil White Witch, Aslan the Great, and many other mythical creatures,” he added. 

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