Shadowlands Receives Excellent Reviews from Secular Media

     It is not often that something originating as a Christian work can be widely recognized and praised by the media. C.S. Lewis was exceptional at creating Narnia stories based on Christian themes that are beloved by readers of all religious backgrounds. The latest Fellowship for Performing Arts stage production now playing in New York tells C.S. Lewis’s own life story while incorporating the spiritual message from his book “A Grief Observed”. The show’s producer has experience creating great C.S. Lewis based shows that have also been critically received by a diverse audience The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, and The Most Reluctant Convert. Here is one excerpt that highlights Shadowland’s appeal to viewers of all audiences:

“Shadowlands blends the lightness and humor of a good romantic comedy with just enough theological depth to engage the intellect without feeling like homework.”-National Review

TheterMania was especially wowed by Daniel Gerroll’s portrayal of C.S. Lewis saying,”Gerroll is infinitely truthful in his manner of blending intellectual confidence with emotional uncertainty, the conflict at the heart of Shadowlands, which extends a hand to the faithful and faithless alike.”

Other reviews like The New York Times had some criticisms, but also praised the overall performance and acting,”The iteration at the Acorn Theater at Theater Row doesn’t always trust the pauses in the script, while the set (by Kelly James Tighe) has the look of a budget stretched too far. But Mr. Gerroll and Ms. Abramson are appealing comic actors, smartly restrained and surrounded by a strong company.”

If you are in New York Shadowlands will be performing at the Acorn Theater until January 7 with tickets available from the Fellowship for Performing Arts website.

 

 

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Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown to play Jill Pole in The Silver Chair?

Stranger Things is one of my favorite shows these days (definitely not for kids, though). The casting on that show is consistently great across the board, and the acting is outstanding.

Millie Bobby Brown, thanks to her role as Eleven on Netflix’s Stranger Things, has reportedly been offered the lead role of Jill Pole in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. This report comes from an exclusive at ThatHashtagShow.com.

While the other Narnia films had a tendency to use unknown actors to play the child roles, if this report is accurate, it seems that TriStar is going a different direction, and could be attempting to assemble an all-star ensemble cast for this film.

According to the report, it is not clear if Millie Bobby Brown has accepted or passed on the part at this point.

The Silver Chair begins filming in Winter 2018

Joe Johnston is gearing up to shoot the next Narnia film in Winter 2018. It’s going to be his final film as a director, as he is planning to retire after this film is complete. According to an interview, they’re hoping to film in New Zealand, on the south island, with pre-production starting around July of 2018. If all of this comes to pass, they’ll be filming sometime around December, and film into early 2019. (My estimate is a release date sometime around December 2019, at this point. But I’ve reached out for more clarity related to filming.)

Johnston mentions that they’ll be filming during New Zealand’s Summer, which adds up, as their summer is our winter. He goes on to say that it’ll take a year for special effects work to be done, which would put us, at the earliest, at a December 2019 release date for the fourth Narnia film.

Casting will likely begin in early 2018 as well.

They’re planning to have this film be the start of something new, with no connections to the other three films that have come before it. Based on that, I’m expecting new music themes, a new feel to Narnia, and a new voice for Aslan.

They’ll be looking for a new kid to take on the role of Eustace, as Will Poulter has certainly aged out of it by now. (He’ll be nearly a decade older than he was when they shot The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.) This is something that I, like many of you, dislike in movies, but it has happened with some fairly big roles in the past. In the Marvel films, Rhodes was replaced before Iron Man 2, and they even addressed it with the dialog. Terrance Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle, and when he first shows up, this exchange takes place:

Tony Stark: I didn’t expect to see you here…
Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes: Well, it’s me, and I’m here, so get over it and move on!

There have also been many James Bond actors.

I’m not saying that, because it’s been done before, we should just accept it and move on. I know it’ll be hard. Will Poulter did a phenomenal job in the role. But we’ll need to accept that sometimes change is inevitable. Let’s give whomever takes the role on a chance to make it his own. Hopefully he’ll bring the character to life in a new way.

C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert Spring Tour Dates Announced

by Fellowship for Performing Arts

In a one man play Max McLean captures the spiritual and emotional journey of Narnia’s author C.S. Lewis from atheism to Christianity. Following a wildly received extended run in New York and fall tour the show is now preparing for a spring tour visiting several American cities. This show comes from the same team behind popular stage adaptations of other C.S. Lewis books The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, and Shadowlands. For more information please visit The Fellowship for Performing Arts.

 

Spring 2018 Tour:

Columbus, OH – Davidson Theatre Riff Center January 19-20. Book tickets.

Nashville, TN – James Polk Theatre TPAC January 26-27. Book tickets.

Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for Performing Arts February 2-3. Book tickets.

New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre February 17-18. Tickets on sale soon…

Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theater February 24-25. Tickets on sale soon…

Houston, TX – Jeannette & L.M. George Theater March 7-18. Tickets on sale soon…

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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, 2017. Book Tickets

     Dallas, TX – Eisemann Center, Richardson September 27, 2017-October 8, 2017. Book Tickets

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