Shadowlands Now Open in New York City and New Behind The Scenes Featurette

The new Fellowship for the Performing Arts revival of the highly acclaimed William Nicholson play Shadowlands has just debuted in New York City to sold out audiences. Along with the premiere of the show FPA has released a new behind the scenes video with the director. This video emphasizes connection between C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia while teasing at concept art for a “through the wardrobe” set piece. Shadowlands will run until January 7, 2018 with tickets available from the Fellowship for the Performing Arts website www.fpatheatre.com

Behind the Scenes with the Director of Shadowlands from Fellowship for Performing Arts on Vimeo.

Shadowlands Cast Revealed and Tickets On Sale Now

The story of C.S. Lewis’s late life love to Joy Davidman is most widely known by the 1993 movie staring Anthony Hopkins, but before the movie Through the Shadowlands this story was first dramatized through a play written by William Nicholson. Fellowship for the Performing Arts is now in the works of reviving the original 1990 Shadowlands play for debut in New York starting October 17. A recent press release with Broadway World revealed the full cast. In addition tickets are now available for purchase and cost $75 with a special $30 rate for viewers under 30 year old.

Cast

Daniel Gerroll as C.S. Lewis

Robin Abramson as Joy Davidman

John C. Vennema as Warnie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack McCarthy as  Douglas Gresham (alternating with Jacob Morrell)

Jacob Morrell as Douglas Gresham (alternating with Jack McCarthy)

Also featuring:

In the meantime before Shadowlands premieres Fellowship for the Performing arts is currently touring a smaller show C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert about C.S. Lewis’s journey from Atheism to Christianity with 12 upcoming performances in Dallas.

Dallas, TX – Eisemann Center, Richardson September 27-October 8. Book Tickets

LEGO Narnia Could Become A Reality

How would you like to be able to buy a Lego set that takes you on an imaginative adventure into the world of Narnia? Tim Karl is a NarniaFan who decided he would take steps to make this dream a reality. His project is one of many listed on the Lego fan/creator website LEGO Ideas. The way LEGO Ideas works is that anyone can propose an idea for a new Lego set and if 10,000 people support the project it could become a real Lego set. Unlike Kickstarter or other crowdfunding websites LEGO Ideas does not require any financial support or contributions. If you would like to support the project all you need to do is click the link: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/166949 and support the project using a free LEGO.com account. Some other examples of successful LEGO Ideas fan projects that have become actual Lego sets include:

 

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New Stage Production of The Shadowlands Premieres October 17

Shadowlands by William Nicholson. The love story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman

Fellowship for the Performing Arts is currently developing a revival of William Nicholson’s award winning play about the love, life, and loss C.S. Lewis experienced in his relationship with Joy Davidman. This will be the first ever revival of this play which was also the inspiration for a 1993 movie staring Anthony Hopkins. Fellowship for the Performing Arts has produced excellent stage adaptations of C.S. Lewis books The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce and is currently touring C.S. Lewis Onstage The Most Reluctant Convert coming to Dallas September  27 – October 8.

This gripping story of how C.S. Lewis dealt with love and pain is a core moment in his life and this play is based on C.S. Lewis’s book A Grief Observed. The show is being directed by Broadway veteran Christa Scott-Reed whose goal is that, “Absolutely everyone, regardless of faith background or belief, will find something that resonates deeply for them in this show.” The new show premieres October 17 and is scheduled to run until January 7, 2018 in New York City.

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When is The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair movie filming?

Update: Unfortunately the press release is a forgery. The below is from a fake press release.

Joe Johnston IS directing, but most of the rest is false.

The start of filming for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair has been scheduled for November. The film will shoot for about five months in New Zealand, on both the North and South islands in New Zealand as well as at New Zealand’s Henderson Valley Studios. After the five-month shoot, a post-production schedule will follow (presumably beginning in late April or early May of 2018. This will lead into the film’s global release through Sony and Entertainment One (eOne).

Weta Digital and The Moving Picture company have been hired to handle the film’s CG characters under Visual Effects supervisor Robert Legato. Weta Workshop is going to be designing and building armor and weaponry under the direction of Richard Taylor.

Special effects make-up will be handled by Joel Harlow.

Directing the film is, again, Joe Johnston.

Producing the film are Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber and Melvin Adams.

Composing the score, we have Thomas Newman (The Shawshank RedemptionThe Green MileRoad to PerditionFinding Nemo). Look for the score to be heavy on piano and violin, and to have very beautiful sound, if the mentioned films are anything to compare to.

Editing the film will be Robert Dalva.

Director of Photography is Shelly Johnson.

Production Designer is Andy Nicholson alongside designer Jacqueline West.

Nina Gold and Theo Park (Paddington and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) are the film’s casting directors.

Source: ComicBook.com

C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert on Tour

by Fellowship for Performing Arts

This unique production tells the captivating story of how Narnia’s author C.S. Lewis journeyed from atheism to Christianity. The play takes the form of a one-man show with Max McLean starring as C.S. Lewis. The Most Reluctant Convert has just concluded a critically acclaimed 15-week extended run on Broadway will now tour several American cities including Charlotte, NC and Dallas, TX. This show comes from the same team behind popular stage adaptations of C.S. Lewis books The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. For more information please visit The Fellowship for Performing Arts.

 

Tour:

     Charlotte, NC – Levine Center for the Arts, Knight Theatre July 14-15. Book Tickets

     Dallas, TX – Eisemann Center, Richardson September 27-October 8. Book Tickets

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The Silver Chair is the start of a new Narnia Trilogy

Director Joe Johnston has said that the new Narnia film, The Silver Chair is the start of a new Narnia film trilogy.

“Everything is new,” he says. “This is the beginning of a brand-new trilogy. We will make reference to characters and events in the other films as the book does, but think of this as the beginning of an all-new trilogy.”

What does this mean?

The film is going to “look different” from the other three films. He has a production designer that is starting soon, but he can’t said the name of the designer because they haven’t signed him yet.

He wants the film to remain true to the essence of C.S. Lewis’ source material. He said it’s a little bit of a daunting task, but is ready for it. He is hoping to hire the best in the world to help in it.

Aslan will play as prominent a part in this film as he does in the book.

“I’m going to stick as close to the book as I can and make the most commercial version as I can.”

“The Lady of the Green Kirtle is the villain of The Silver Chair.

The cast will be entirely new. The cast from the original films have aged out of the ability to play the roles they played in the first Narnia trilogy. He wants to set the new trilogy apart from the original trilogy, so it’ll be an entirely new cast. He feels it wouldn’t be appropriate to use any of the original cast members. For instance: Will Poulter did a fine job as Eustace, but he’s much too old to continue the role now. (I can confirm that first hand, when I met him when they filmed the movie, and then again a year later when the movie was released, he was already a foot taller than when they were filming.)

He answered the question of who should play Puddleglum in the movie, and he wouldn’t give who he would pick today, but if he had a choice of anyone at any time, it would have been John Cleese at age 25.

He plans to shoot most of the film on location and use digital effects to enhance the landscape. Probably in New Zealand on the south island.

He feels that all of the tools to make a movie, that are cost effective, to tell the best story are going to be used.

His first C.S. Lewis books that he read were the Space Trilogy and Till We Have Faces, at about 12 or 13 years of age.

The Silver Chair, he reiterates, will be true to the essence of what C.S. Lewis wrote, and will have a lot of heart as well.

To him, the film is “about hope, it’s about working together and recognizing how you can share responsibility with others and can work together. It’s about standing up to tyranny, whether you call it a bully or however you want to phrase it. It is about knowing who you are and finding out who you are and recognizing who you are.”

Another question said “Please don’t let this one suck.” He said “Okay. I won’t let it suck.”

 

Joe Johnston to direct “The Silver Chair”

Narnia 4 has a director in Joe Johnston. The director got his start in feature films, directing Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and later films like JumanjiJurassic Park III, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Based on his work on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Jumanji, I believe he has the ability to get good and realistic work out of child actors, which will aid his work on The Silver Chair. Plus, working on special effects films like Jurassic Park III and Captain America give him the added experience that I can see working perfectly with the land of Narnia.

Welcome to the Narnia Family, Joe Johnston! We’re looking forward to seeing your work!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair doesn’t have a release date at this time.

Says Douglas Gresham: “It is very good news that Joe Johnston has agreed to come on board for The Silver Chair! We need a man with real feeling for beauty, enchantment, excitement and indeed humour and fun, all things that this Movie will be full of. I am really looking for to working with Joe on the project. In the best movies, the Director is always a vibrant, hidden character in the film — and I reckon we’ve got one!”

Producer of The Silver Chair movie, Mark Gordon, says “Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces. Because C. S. Lewis’s story is iconic and epic but also tender, personal and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring The Silver Chair to the screen.”

Updated to correct the spelling of Joe Johnston’s name. Sometimes my dyslexia gets the better of me and letters go running off.

“How could this happen? I was so careful. I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?” April Fools 2017

Well, fans and friends, another April Fools has come and gone. Yes, the last two articles you saw, were in fact, were part of another one of our annual  pranks. I’ll admit, they may not have been up to snuff with those from years past, but with so little news about the films to go off, it’s harder than it should be. We hope they gave you a chuckle, a groan, or at least a good facepalm. We also hope you shared them with your loved ones.

To reiterate:

1: Gilbert Gottfried is NOT replacing Liam Neeson as Aslan. We know nothing about the cast for Silver Chair, and there is a 1000% chance that, if they do replace Neeson, it will not be with Gilbert Gottfried. Aslan as we all know, should sound regal, wise, majestic and at least like He somewha from the British Isles. This one is kind of a throwback to the halcyon days when we announced that the likes of Mr. T , Zac Ephron, and Lindsey Lohan was playing Reepicheep, Eusatce and Ramandu’s daughter respectively…so ridiculous that there is no way it could be believed. Fun fact with the sources “McGurk” is the name that Mr. Mxysptlk calls out in his first appearance not only in the Superman comics books but in Superman: The Animated Series, and Red McCaw is a play on “Scarlet Macaw”, Iago’s breed of parrot.

2: Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Williams are NOT prepping an “Inklings” musical. I have the feeling that both are very busy at this point, Williams with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Ready Player One and Miranda with Mary Poppins Returns among other projects. Also, as fun Easter Egg that hinted that this was a joke came in the hyperlink attached to the producer named “Leo Bloom”. If you clicked it, you were redirected to a picture of the late Gene Wilder as Leo Bloom from the Mel Brooks musical The Producers.

So, again, thank you all for indulging us in our folly.  And remember, when we get close to the end of March, feel free to submit jokes to us.

 

 

 

APRIL FOOLS! Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Williams prepping new Musical “The Inklings!” APRIL FOOLS!

Lin-Manuel Miranda, perhaps best known for his Broadway smash hit Hamilton and Disney’s Moana is getting ready to prep his next project. Sources close to the award winning composer and lyricist say that he is heavily interested in producing a hip-hop musical about the Inklings tentatively called “The Inklings!” The story will be set during the formative years of the group at Oxford and focus on the friendship the men shared, and the eventual rift that formed between them.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

The musical will see him join forces with the legendary composer John

John Williams

Williams, best known for his work on Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and dozens of other films. The idea is to blend the classical, sophisticated sound of Williams, with the contemporary sound of Miranda, to show how relevant these classic works have become today’s world. Read the rest of this entry »