Check out Hull UK’s NARNIA TRAIL for April 2017

Come and visit Hull, the UK’s City of Culture!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW on Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/hull-community-church-world-of-wonder-13120527254

“Some journey’s take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.” – C.S. LEWIS

Step into Narnia and discover betrayal, heroism and sacrifice…
• Pick up your Narnia passport
• Walk through the wardrobe
• Be tempted by the white witch
• Visit Mr Tumnus’s cave
• Pop in to Mrs Beaver’s kitchen
• Discover Aslan at the stone table
• Be part of the Narnian battle camp
• Meet Aslan himself
• Be crowned on the 4 thrones of Cair Paravel
Follow the trail and journey into the amazing land of Narnia entering the scenes, meeting the characters, and exploring the Easter story.

Tickets £1.50 (under 12 mths go free)

(With kind permission from the CS Lewis Company Ltd).

Venue: World of Wonder, Hull Community Church, 310 Newland Avenue, Hull, HU5 2NB

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The Narnia Experience returns to Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall this month

PRESS RELEASE: Following its sell-out run in 2013, The Narnia Experience returns to St. George’s Hall this month; the critically acclaimed interactive walk-through experience is back now until 25 February and tickets are currently on sale.

Brought to life once again by Crosby-based community theatre charity In Another Place, the company also behind 2016’s hugely successful production, The Alice Experience.

Visitors are invited to step through the enchanted wardrobe where they will discover a wintery forest scene and whisked to the magical land of Narnia. Take on the role of either Lucy or Edmund and follow the adventure from their perspective in this classic children’s tale by C.S. Lewis.

The Great Hall has been beautifully transformed as visitors go on a journey through the White Forest and across the land of Narnia in this large-scale, immersive and interactive trail. Get set to meet all the favourite characters along the way including Mr Tumnus, Mrs Beaver and The White Witch.

The Narnia Experience is an ideal day out for the whole family, from children 3+ to adults alike, and is perfect to enjoy during the February half-term holidays.

It is a huge production, In Another Place have gathered a team of around 500 volunteers to produce the event who have been drawn from community groups and churches across Liverpool, many individuals are also getting involved.

This event is selling-out fast, so be sure to book your tickets ASAP and don’t miss out visiting Narnia!

The Narnia Experience returns to St. George’s Hall from 8 – 25 February and is open daily from 9:30am – 7:30pm with admittance every 15 minutes.

St Georges Hall General Manager Alan Smith said: “We are delighted to welcome back the team at In Another Place, their previous productions of Narnia and Alice Experience were incredibly well received by the public. The creativity and vision in their set designs and the characters they bring to life are always astounding. I would definitely recommend booking fast as I imagine this to be another sell-out!”

Annie Spiers, Artistic Director said“This is not just walking through the amazing scenery, but meeting the characters as they bring the story to life in this walk-through performance. This is an experience all ages will love”.

There will be four Autism friendly performances on Tue 21st February between 6:15pm – 7pm specifically designed to welcome those who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. A BSL performance is also available at 7:30pm on Saturday 18 February.

LISTING DETAILS

The Narnia Experience
St George’s Hall, North Entrance, William Brown Street, Liverpool
Wednesday 8 – Saturday 25 February
Times: Daily from 9:30am – 7:30pm (at 15 minute intervals)

Tickets Prices: 

Mon & Tue: Child £6/ Adult £8
Wed & Thu: Child £7/ Adult £10
Fri & Sat: Child £10/ Adult: £13
Fri 10th: Child £6/ Adult £8

BOOKING DETAILS

Purchase in person at Echo Arena Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool, online at www.ticketquarter.co.uk or on 0844 800 0410.

Prince Caspian on Stage – Behind the Scenes Write up

By: Sarai Manning (“Prince Caspian” Cast Member)

What does it take to bring “Prince Caspian” to the stage?

An innumerable amount of time and effort has gone into preparing for the World Premiere of “Prince Caspian” on stage. Academy of the Arts Ministries has created everything used in this production… from dwarf beards to train stations, regal costumes to Caspian’s life-sized, ride-able horse Destrier. Academy volunteers and staff have worked day and night to find the music, create the light cues, sew hundreds of costumes, and experiment for hours with make-up. They have built all the sets from a ruined Cair Paravel to Aslan’s How, complete with a broken and aged Stone Table. Artistic director Nicole Stratton corresponded long distance with the C.S. Lewis Company and Douglas Gresham to finish and perfect the final script for performance. Cast and crew members have had to practice “flying” characters on stage rigging and spent months rehearsing scenes. Our stunt team has planned and choreographed over a hundred fight sequences, whilst the media team spent more than a day in the studio recording the voice of Aslan, voiced by Dr. Nicky Chavers (Academy of the Arts Ministries’ founder). Actors on stilts have learned to walk, run, and fight like living trees in Narnia. Props have been drawn, built, and painted. The team has done so much in order prepare Logos Theatre and the cast of “Prince Caspian” to present and share C.S. Lewis’ moving story of spiritual faith, trust, and new beginnings in a powerful and memorable way that only Narnia can.

Below are many Behind-the-Scenes pictures from creation to dress rehearsals, as well as, a special Behind-the-Scenes highlight video put together by our Production Manager, Joe Hainsworth.

Enjoy!

Between The Scenes – Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian on Stage – Reviews

First Written Review of “Prince Caspian”: ‘Prince Caspian’ is a wholly divine, almost cinematic feast on an epic scale with some 100 actors and stellar production values that are grandiose and idealistic on all levels.
http://carolinacurtaincall.com/2016/12/24/review-prince-caspian/

News Reports:

Opening Weekend Attendee Reviews:

Prince Caspian on Stage – Douglas Gresham’s Speaking Engagement Photos

During his time visiting South Carolina for the World Premiere of “Prince Caspian” Douglas Gresham, the step-son of C.S. Lewis, traveled around promoting “Prince Caspian” and participating in a number of local events. He spoke at Mitchell Road Christian Academy, Anderson University, and taught a Master’s Class at Logos Theatre (Academy of the Arts). Below are pictures from a few of his speaking engagements.​ Thanks to Sarai Manning for the photos!

Prince Caspian on Stage – Two More Performances have been Added!

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TWO MORE PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN ADDED!

The opening weekend of Prince Caspian was a great success with sold out performances and C. S. Lewis’ stepson, Douglas Gresham, in attendance to watch the World Premiere! Mr. Gresham thoroughly enjoyed the performance and told us the play was on the level of Broadway. But, he said he was refreshed to be in a setting where such professionalism was accomplished with “genuine Christians” sticking so closely to Lewis’ original story of faith. Praise the Lord!

Performances of Prince Caspian will continue from January 5th through the 21st. However, because of the overwhelming requests for tickets, we are going to be adding two performances on January 27th at 7pm and January 28th at 2pm. Please spread the word to your family and friends so they do not miss this world premiere! Call 864-268-9342 or go online to purchase your tickets before they are gone!

We wish you a happy and safe New Year with your loved ones!

Noah and Nicole Stratton
Executive Directors

Prince Caspian on Stage – The Script, Douglas Gresham’s Involvement and the Gala

By: Sarai Manning (“Prince Caspian” Cast Member)

Greetings Narnia Fans!

I would like to express my thanks to Paul Martin and the Narnia Fans team for expressing interest in the Academy of the Arts World Premiere of “Prince Caspian” on the Logos Theatre stage.

To begin, I would like to give you some information about Academy of the Arts and how the production of “Prince Caspian” came about.

Located in Taylors, South Carolina Academy of the Arts Ministries is both a professional theatre and Christian Conservatory. Founded in 1971, by Dr. Nicky Chavers, its goal is to “make the Bible come alive” through the dramatic arts. All the plays performed at the theatre are used as giant illustrations of whatever biblical truth that is being expressed within the works. Theatre is simply a vehicle to give out the gospel and to continue to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to people across America. The staff of AotA and young people who minister through the dramas, whether conservatory students or local youth, have devoted themselves to sharing a deeper spiritual message within every production. Academy of Arts Ministries teaches skills such as costume/makeup arts, costuming, technical leadership, choreography, prop/set design, and cinematography with Venture Films.

Logos Theatre presented three seasons of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” beginning in 2013. It was the first production to ever have a life-sized, three-man-puppet Aslan, created by AotA technical director Ken Hines, featured. With “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” ‘s incredible success, the Academy was nominated to perform the show across the Atlantic in Edinburgh, Scotland at an International Arts Festival. Led by the Lord Academy Artistic Director Nicole Stratton, daughter of founder Dr. Nicky Chavers, began drafting a play script for the sequel “Prince Caspian”. This was the first time anyone had tried to turn “Prince Caspian” into live theatrical format.To date, only three of the seven books have been presented at a professional level. Nicole Stratton began talking to the C.S. Lewis Company in order to obtain approval on the script so that they could have the rights to produce the play. During this lengthy process, Nicole’s script was sent to C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham. Many of you will be familiar with the fact that Mr. Gresham was extremely involved in the most recent production of Narnia films (2005-2010). Mr. Gresham worked alongside Nicole in editing the script. He told Nicole he was so grateful and impressed at how true she devoted she was to remaining true to the original text by C.S. Lewis. Through their communication, Nicole invited Mr. Gresham to come see the show when it premiered in December 2016. He agreed, arriving a week earlier and spending hours traveling around upstate South Carolina promoting the play, meeting the cast and crew, and finally being a special guest at the Academy’s “Beyond the Wardrobe Gala”.

Here is the special video announcement released by the Academy of the Arts:

The Gala was held at the Pointsett Club in Greenville, South Carolina on Wednesday, December 14. There were over one hundred people in attendance. Among them, the theatre sent an array of familiar characters to meet and interact with guests. Everyone from Miraz and the White Witch, to the Pevensies and Mr. and Mrs. Beaver! Even Aslan and Caspian’s horse Destrier made a very special appearance! Mr. Gresham shared stories about his childhood with C.S. Lewis and his love of “The Chronicles of Narnia”, before taking some audience questions. During the question and answer period, Mr. Gresham talked about Lewis’ favorite works, his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, themes and messages within the novels, his views on Susan’s ending in “The Last Battle”, the inspiration of his theological works, as well as, his faith in Jesus Christ. It was a wonderful evening where guests had the opportunity to see special behind-the-scenes footage of the making of “Prince Caspian”, meet characters, and get a picture with Mr. Gresham. It was an exciting lead up to the World Premiere of “Prince Caspian” on stage!

Attached are some pictures from the “Beyond the Wardrobe Gala”.​

Douglas Gresham to attend World Premiere of “Prince Caspian” on Stage!

There have been many stage adaptations of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but it’s time for Prince Caspian to be performed. Cast member Sarai Manning sent us details so that you can see the show, if you live within range of Taylors, South Carolina or can get there. I reached back out to her for more information, and hope to be able to share some photos of the premiere soon.

Here’s part of her report:

Hello NarniaFans!

I have been a follower of this blog probably since 2008, right around the time the Prince Caspian film came out. I don’t check as regularly as I used to, but I am honored to be able to share with you some AMAZING NARNIA RELATED news that is changing history once again for Narnia.

Logos Theatre and the Academy of the Arts in Taylors, South Carolina is presenting the WORLD PREMIERE OF “PRINCE CASPIAN” ON STAGE.

The show was written by our amazing director Nicole Stratton and was approved by Douglas Gresham himself! In fact, Gresham liked the script so much that next week he is traveling from his home across the Atlantic ocean to come to our opening weekend performances.

I am honored enough to be a part of this cast of around 100 in bringing to the stage the story of Prince Caspian for the FIRST TIME EVER!

The show opens December 16, 2016 and runs through January 21, 2017.

I shall try and link some important information below for you.

Logos Theatre Website: http://www.theacademyofarts.org/logos.html
Academy of the Arts Website: http://www.theacademyofarts.org/
YouTube (featuring many videos about Prince Caspian): https://www.youtube.com/user/TheAcademyofArts/videos
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LogosTheatre/?fref=ts
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aoaministries/

Douglas Gresham will be in Taylors for the show Dec. 16 & 17!

Narnia 4: The Silver Chair to enter Pre-Production in 2017?

The Silver Chair

A member of the cast of a new Prince Caspian stage show e-mailed us to let us know that Douglas Gresham is in South Carolina this week to attend the premiere of the play that will be performed at the Logos Theatre.

A few days ago he spoke about the status of The Silver Chair, saying that he expects pre-production to begin sometime next year. Depending on the speed that Sony pictures moves, the film could see a release as early as 2018. Gresham is very excited about the film and says that the script is the best yet, saying that Puddleglum’s major speech from the book is included in the movie (as it should be).

More information on The Silver Chair and the Prince Caspian stage show to come shortly.

Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: The Dark Mountain Chronicles Book One: The House of Envy

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf, where we review any and all books written by, about, and inspired by C.S. Lewis, The Land of Narnia, and The Inklings. For today’s review, we will be looking at Jennifer K. Johnson’s debut fantasy novel The Dark Mountain Chronicles Book One: The House of Envy!

Title: The Dark Mountain Chronicles Book One: The House of Envy

Author: Jennifer K. Johnson

Publisher: Xulon Press (July 26, 2016)

ISBN-10: 1498480160

ISBN-13: 978-1498480161

Summary:

Deep in the world of the Dark Mountain lays a kingdom bound by the lies and deceptions of Apollyon. Only a few

Cover for The House of Envy

Cover for The House of Envy

know the truth and are dedicated to leading these captives back to the Creator. One such captive is Madam Angeline from the House of Envy. All her life she had been devoted to the Code of Glamour, a way of life that places the self and physical beauty above all else. That is until her sister, Julia casts her out from Hawthorne City, in a power grab.

Angeline is found by a young girl named Ellie and her family, a strange and wondrous group who do not need to be made up like the other people who live within the Dark Mountain. With the guidance of Ellie and her family, Angeline undergoes a remarkable journey home  that shows her a world she never knew existed and causes her to confront many truths she never encountered, learns the meaning of love, undergoes a startling transformation, all leading to a final confrontation with her sister. Read the rest of this entry »