For kids who love to read and have a burgeoning interest in literature, there’s probably no work that’s more revered than “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the masterpiece of imagination by British author C.S. Lewis. The 1950 classic, the first of Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” novels, has been delighting children and grown-ups for nearly three-quarters of a century.
Florida Studio Theatre is staging an adaptation of the novel, an adaptation the FST people call “inventive and highly theatrical,” beginning on Saturdays starting this week and running through the end of March.
The story, as you probably know, revolves around young Peter and Lucy and their travels to Narnia. The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Peter and Lucy travel to Narnia and along the way meet Mr. Tumnus the faun, Aslan the Great Lion and other talking animals of the kingdom. They all courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that love is the deepest magic of all.
The performances are in the Browne’s Lab Theatre, one of the smaller spaces at FST, and all the shows are sold out. It’s always worth checking with the theater to see if tickets become available, or if you can get on a waiting list.
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If you don’t have any luck, you might try the next FST show for young audiences, “The Boy Who Liked Pulling Hair,” which opens in April.