Vic youth theater to present ‘Lion, Witch and Wardrobe’

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The Vic will present a youth production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” for five performances, beginning Friday, at its theater at 702 Mahoning Ave. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and July 21 and 22; and 2 p.m. July 23. Tickets are $10 ($5 for children under 6); call 330-746-5455 for reservations.

The play is a theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Sam Luptak Jr., director of the Vic’s production, said the story is one of the most captivating and powerful fantasy novels ever written. “I was first exposed to it in the second grade, and I have read and reread it – along with the other six books in the series – dozens of times,” said Luptak. “The privilege of bringing this magical story to life on the stage is one of the great thrills of my theater career.”

The plot revolves around four siblings, played by Carter Monroe, Morgan LaCamera, Dallas Sipusic and Hana Bender, who wander into the magical world of Narnia through a wardrobe. They soon meet talking woodland creatures such as the faun Mr. Tumnus (Rob Whiting), Mr. and Mrs. Beaver (Noralee and Richard Smiley), Mrs. Unicorn (Amber Johnson) and her Kidicorns (Madelyn Sipusic and Victoria Mulichak), Centaur (Nick Rauschenbach) and many others.

A cast of more than 30 actors, creative makeup and costuming and the intimate venue will bring Narnia to life, said Luptak.

“Audience members walk through the wardrobe to get to their seats and instantly join us in Narnia,” he said. “This show has something for everyone – there are swords, fights and battles, witches, unicorns, ogres, dwarves and zombies. There are talking animals and evil spells. Narnia is a magical land, and everyone who ventures through the wardrobe will find a night of theater that will transport them to a place like no other they have experienced.”

The Good vs. Evil tale unfolds as the Great Lion Aslan (Jenna Cintavey) and the evil White Witch (Lynne Peterson) enlist their armies to fight for control of Narnia. The deciding battle, staged by fight coordinator Vijay Welch-Young, proves to be an intense fight that engages the entire cast.

The mystical world also includes wood nymphs (Marissa Keshock, Kristy Francis), Father Christmas (Brandon Palomaki), the witch’s Dwarf (Liam Bierlair), Army Captain Fenris Ulf (Kevin Bender) and Deputy (Dillon Bender); Aslan’s Army: Dakota Sipusic, Christopher Rutledge, Brylee Rutledge, Kiley Johnson, Colton Johnson, Cameron Johnson and Karina Mulichak; and The Witch’s Army: Cody McMurray, Serena Fix, Josh Kelly, Kory Frederick, Brandon Palomaki, Kevin Bender and Charlene Fuqua.