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Narnia comes to life Friday on Chetco Playhouse stage

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Audiences will be taken into the land of Narnia, a magical place filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, in the Chetco Pelican Players' youth production of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe."

The play, based on the classic story by C.S. Lewis, will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Chetco Plahouse, 1240 Chetco Ave., Brookings. Free celebratory snacks and soft drinks, will be prepared and served by hospitality hostess Claire Willard.

The story begins when four children walk through a coat-filled wardrobe in England. Inside, they find the land of Narnia.

An evil witch (Madi Connolly), who has imprisoned Narnia in ice and snow, deceives and captures Edmund (Erick Wilson), one of the children. His brother Peter (Camryn Laidley) and sisters Susan and Lucy (Alexis Neketin and Ciera Yarbrough) must seek help from the great lion Aslan (Andrew Simmons), Narnia's creator and rightful ruler, to release Narnia and rescue Edmund. But the witch invokes the ancient "deep magic," and Aslan offers himself as a sacrifice in place of Edmund.

The production, directed by Karen de Lucca, also stars Bill Schlichting as the professor and Father Christmas; Michelle Connolly as Mrs. Macready, his housekeeper; Dylan Floyd Panter as Mr. Tumnus, a faun; Jaynie Gutierrez as the dwarf, a slave to the witch; Daisy Carr as Maugrim, a wolf; Alexandra Martin, a wolf, lieutenant to Maugrim; Joe Taormina as Mr. Beaver; Holly Carr as Mrs. Beaver; Cherita Wilson and Ca'Marea Freeman as leopards; and Stephanie May Reed as Giant Rumblebuffin (voice only).

Also on stage are Amaya Eckersley, Emily Johnson, Daisy Sandefur, Lily Sandefur, Destiny Fleming.

Additional show times will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, as well as the following weekend.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supply in Brookings, New Wave Video in Harbor and at the door.

For reservations, call 541-469-1877. For information, call 541-469-1857 or visit http://www.chetcopelicanplayers.org.

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