New Cities Added to C.S. Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert Tour

New cities have been added to the Tour of C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert. This show staring Max McLean takes audiences on the journey of Narnia’s author C.S. Lewis from atheism to Christianity. The show has already performed an extended run in New York and completed a fall tour. You may recognize the show’s production company Fellowship for Performing arts from 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:

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. Book tickets.

Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theater February 24. Book tickets.

Houston, TX – Jeannette & L.M. George Theater March 6-18. Book tickets.

*NEW* Washington, D.C. – Lansburgh Theatre April 4-8. Tickets on sale soon…

*NEW* Orlando, FL – Northland Church Longwood Sanctuary April 15. Tickets on sale soon…

*NEW* Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre April 28. Tickets on sale soon…

*NEW* Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater May 19. Tickets on sale soon…

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More Lego Narnia Fan Creations

     Last summer I shared about Tim Karl’s Lego Ideas project that has already gathered nearly 500 supporters. Now I would like to introduce another fan creation from TheNarnian136. This set recreates the scene from Prince Caspian when the Pevensies arrive at the ruins of Cair Paravel.

The basic idea behind Lego Ideas is that it is a website to share fan creations, but if there are enough fans who like a project it could be turned into a real Lego set. If you would like to support this project for free you can register and like the project using this link:

The Underground Treasury: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/4b6b5889-db55-474b-aa73-d1e7e7058732

 

 

 

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Narnia in the Real World

Map of Narnia Italy While it may be easy to recognize that the name Caspian could have been a reference to the Caspian Sea in our world, did you ever realize that there is a real town in Italy that bears the name Narnia? This town is even older than Rome and for over 2000 years was known by the name Narnia. It was only after 1870 when the name was changed to Narni.

Could this be a coincidence or was C.S. Lewis really inspired by this small Italian town? His personal secretary Walter Hooper thinks so because in 2009 he presented a Latin atlas of Italy where C.S. Lewis underlined the word Narnia. What was it about the Italian town of Narnia could have caught his attention?

Like land of The Chronicles of Narnia the Italian town of Narnia is also full of castles and medieval imagery. No this is not Cair Paravel, but it is a real Narnian castle Rocca di Albornoz from the 14th century.

 

These pictures of Narnia’s medieval re-enactments taking place in April to June look just like scenes I would expect to see from BBC’s Chronicles of Narnia TV Movies.

 

   

 

If you do visit Narnia, be sure to save time for wardrobe shopping because you never know what you might discover…

 

Sources:

http://www.narniainitaly.com

http://www.italymagazine.com/italy/places/real-life-narnia-inspired-author

A Year with Aslan eBook on Sale Until January 15th

A Year with AslanWant to take daily journeys into Narnia for reading and reflection? For this week only the A Year with Aslan eBook is on sale for $2.99. Only available in the United States until January 15, 2018.

Use the links below to purchase the eBook:

 

If you would like even more C.S. Lewis daily devotional readings the companion book A Year with C.S. Lewis is also on sale for $2.99 during the same time period. Download the A Year with C.S. Lewis eBook from the links below:

 

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. Book tickets.

Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theater February 24. Book tickets.

Houston, TX – Jeannette & L.M. George Theater March 6-18. Book tickets.

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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