Monday, October 10, 2011

The Chronicles of Narnia

(The Land of Narnia)
(One Last look at the Kings Study)

This show is one of those that kept us painting and fixing right down to the show date! This one took MASSIVE amounts a stage painting, (lots of 2 - 3 A.M. nights!) but the end result of the teams work is just marvelous! Having done this show at the theatre before, we set out to "out do" the last time and I really think we did. We had the collaborations of my ideas along with those of three different directors, most of the bone structure of the sets goes to the talents of  Joe (co-captian of the set dressing team) and Bryson (the Set teams master carpenter) as always most the finished Stylized product was my doing with lots and lots of help to get it finished.  With a HUGE and special thanks to friend Utah who designed, built and painted the witches sleigh!

My projects included,

Mr. Tumnus' cave
The White Witches Castle
The Lamp Post

Sounds easy, right...

  "The Chronicles of Narnia- The Lion, The Witch, & Wardrobe" 
The story begins in 1940 during World War II, when four siblings--Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie--are evacuated from London to escape the Air Raid Blitz. They are sent to live with their Uncle Digory, who lives in a country house in the English countryside.
( The Set of Marbleton Manor)
While the four children are exploring the house, Lucy looks into a wardrobe and discovers a portal to a magical world named Narnia. There she meets a faun named Tumnus.
There she meets a faun named Tumnus, He invites her to tea in his home.
(Set of Tumnus cave, design collaboration of Joe Reed and Myself.)
There he confesses he planned to report her to the tyrannical White Witch.
 (Sleigh by Utah)
Her spiteful older brother Edmund enters the wardrobe and meets the White Witch, who befriends him and offers him magical Turkish delight that enchants him.
Eventually all four of the children enter Narnia together while hiding in the wardrobe. Edmund sneaks away to the White Witch. Her castle is filled with stone statues--enemies she has petrified.

 (Witches Ice Castle/ Courtyard designed by Myself.)
(With Petrified residents of Narnia)
The children and their new found guides the Beavers meet with Aslan and his army. Peter engages in his first battle, killing a wolf who threatens Susan.
The White Witch approaches according to "deep magic from the dawn of time" she has the right to execute Edmund as a traitor. Aslan speaks with her privately and persuades her to renounce her claim on Edmund's life.  Aslan has bargained to exchange his own life for Edmund's. The Witch ties Aslan to the Stone Table and then kills him with a knife.
(The Sacrificial Stone Table)
The following morning Aslan is restored to life. Unknown to the witch, "deeper magic from before the dawn of time" allows someone who willingly dies in the place of another to return to life.
 There he breathes upon the statues, restoring them to life. Peter and Edmund lead the Narnian army in a battle against the White Witch's army, The Narnians rout the evil army, and Aslan kills the Witch.
 The children are named kings and queens of Narnia. Several years later, now adults, the siblings go hunting for a lucky White Stag. On their search they rediscover the lamppost, branches become coats. The siblings are back in the wardrobe and are children again. They reenter the Professor's house where only fifteen minuets of time has passed.

As stressful as this show has been to get up, its entrancing to watch! I wish the plot wasnt as long as your arm and I could post more before and after pictures! As Always I owe a huge thanks to scads of people who came and helped paint, cut things out,  listen to me complain, and kept us going to reach the finished goal.

Chalk another one up to Success!



Amber Von Felts said...

Glorious! I love the cave/house of the fawn. The fake boulders and rocks look fabulous. Another good effort put forth by all. You guys sure are some busy beavers!

Vintage Christine said...

You (and all your co-workers) always do so an incredible job! I'd never even heard of The Chronicles of Narnia until the movie came out, which I loved, but it would be great to be able to see the play, too. Special congrats to the petrified people--that couldn't have been easy to do!