Boston, MA, October 10, 2016 - Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s highly imaginative production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe brings to life the well-known characters of C.S. Lewis’s beloved book series, with minimal props and costumes. Adults and children alike will share in the adventures of four siblings who travel through a special wardrobe into the mythical land of Narnia, where they are caught up in a struggle between the magical lion Aslan, and the mysterious White Witch. The stage adaption is by Le Clanché du Rand. The production is directed by Peyton Pugmire, associate director of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Theater Division.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will be performed at The Zack Box Theater, 8 Fenway, Boston, MA, on Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 13 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Admission is $10–$15 with discounts available, and can be purchased at bostonconservatory.berklee.edu or at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.
Director and actor Peyton Pugmire joined the Conservatory in 2011. Pugmire also serves as the artistic leader of the Conservatory's theater for young audiences programming, including an annual theater production. Prior to the Conservatory, Pugmire was the producing artistic director of the award-winning Watertown Children's Theatre. During that time, he served as president of the Consortium of Boston Area Children's Theatre and helped initiate the organization’s first regional annual Children's Theatre Festival. In 2005, Pugmire founded Divine Stage Works, a Boston-based theater company.
Pugmire’s directing credits include And Then There Were None (voted “Best Theatre of 2009” by Edge Boston), Stoops!, The Wiz, Into the Woods, The Shadow Box, Singin’ in the Rain, and various play readings with Divine Stage Works’ site-specific PlaYces Series.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee's theater program is recognized internationally for training leading artists on and off Broadway, on television, and in film. Working closely with a faculty comprising Broadway veterans and theater professionals, students receive rigorous training in acting, dance, and voice, designed to develop them into well-rounded artists who are prepared for any role. Recent guest artists include the acclaimed Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza—two Tony Awards), alumnus Nick Adams (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Wicked), Susan Stroman (five-time Tony Award-winner), and Andrew Lippa (Tony Award and Grammy Award nominee), to name a few.
More about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Air raids over London during WWII compel four siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy—to be sent away from the city to the house of a kindly but remote Professor "who lived in the heart of the country." There is much to discover in the country: woods, mountains, owls, eagles, maybe even hawks and snakes. But the children will soon discover that the Professor's large house, staffed by three servants, holds even more mystery. It is a house filled with unexpected places, including a room which holds nothing but a large wardrobe, which Lucy opens one rainy day, never dreaming that the wardrobe is a passageway into Narnia. The children become embroiled in an adventure that includes themes of betrayal, forgiveness, death, and rebirth.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first installment of C.S. Lewis' renowned series The Chronicles of Narnia, has been enchanting the hearts and imaginations of millions since its publication in 1950.