Jour­ney into a mag­i­cal land

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ATHEATRE group will ven­ture into the mys­te­ri­ous world of Nar­nia this week­end when it stages its lat­est pro­duc­tion.

Hav­ing left war-torn London be­hind them, four young evac­uees ar­rive at the mys­te­ri­ous house of Pro­fes­sor Kirk, where a wardrobe in a spare room takes them on an un­ex­pected ad­ven­ture in a mag­i­cal win­ter won­der­land.

Sib­lings Peter, Susan, Ed­mund and Lucy join forces with the great lion As­lan and a host of myth­i­cal crea­tures to do bat­tle with the White Witch, played by Karen Hockey.

Che­sham Bois Catholic Play­ers was formed more than 60 years ago and now has about 100 mem­bers of all ages, both Catholic and nonCatholic, from the area.

The group’s last ap­pear­ance at The El­giva was its award-win­ning pro­duc­tion of Honk! in Jan­uary last year, which was fol­lowed by Mort and Woman in Mind at The Lit­tle The­atre by the Park.

Mem­bers are ‘de­lighted’ with the adap­ta­tion of CS Lewis’ novel cho­sen for the pro­duc­tion, which fea­tures a cast of nearly 30.

Direc­tors Johnny Sch­w­erz­mann and Adam Mil­lard said: “We have both al­ways wanted to put on a pro­duc­tion of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and bring the magic to life on stage, and Adrian Mitchell’s script [for the Royal Shake­speare Company] gave us the op­por­tu­nity.

“We were de­lighted when Lizzy Sut­ton [pro­ducer] asked us to di­rect a show and im­me­di­ately thought that Nar­nia would be an ideal spec­tac­u­lar for the win­ter sea­son.”

The Peven­sie chil­dren are played by Kiera Lane (Lucy), Louie Cor­dara (Ed­mund), Char­lotte Mee­son (Susan) and her brother Jamie (Peter).

New­comer Kiera, who is 11 and at­tends Chal­font St Peter CofE Academy, has been per­form­ing on stage since the age of five. The group also wel­comes Louie who is 12, lives in Hemel Hemp­stead and is a pupil at John F Kennedy RC School. He at­tends Stage­coach and has re­cently recorded a Ra­dio 4 play.

Char­lotte is the el­dest, at 15, and at­tends Pipers Cor­ner School, and brother Jamie, 13, is at Berkham­sted School.

Char­lotte has per­formed with CBCP for six years, most re­cently as a duck­lings in Honk! Jamie was also a duck­ling and ap­peared in Peter and the Wolf.

The whole cast is en­joy­ing re­hearsals and ‘can’t wait’ to per­form on stage this week.

CBCP is per­form­ing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to­day (Thurs­day) and to­mor­row (Fri­day) at 7.30pm, Satur­day at 2pm and 6.30pm, and Sun­day at 2pm.

Tick­ets cost £15, £12.50 (OAPs/ con­ces­sions) and £10 (chil­dren). Book at www.el­giva.com or call the box of­fice on 01494 582 900.

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