Imagination Roars at Riverfront Theatre

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Pictured from top to Bottom: Dalton Carter (Peter) Nolah Walton (Susan) Dylan Phillips (Edmund) Lina Fredrick (Lucy)
Pictured from top to Bottom: Dalton Carter (Peter) Nolah Walton (Susan) Dylan Phillips (Edmund) Lina Fredrick (Lucy)

The Second Street Players Children’s Desert Theater presents The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis October 16, 17 and 18. All performances will be held at the Riverfront Theater 2 S. Walnut Street, Milford, DE. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7pm and Sunday is at 1pm.

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia.

The action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting play: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. Also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. & Mrs. Beaver, and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

Director Bill Walton and Assistant Director Alyson Parola bring this magical story to life with the help from an outstanding cast covering every generation. “This show brings you back to your childhood. Everyone has explored in places they weren’t allowed before,” said Walton in a recent press release. “The adventure of Narnia lives in everyone. From the moment Lucy steps through the wardrobe the audience will be transported to the land of Narnia where anything can and will happen.”

Assistant Director Alyson Parola debuts in her leadership role although she has been an actor in several Second Street Players’ performances including The Homecoming and Beauty and the Beast. She made the jump to start assisting with directing the Children’s Theatre when Director Bill Walton asked for some help with the unique performance that is presented by local children.

“It is fun to see the kids get so excited and so into character during rehearsal. They are thinking outside the box and get involved with the direction in which the performance takes,” said Parola. “This story has always been a favorite of mine, I love to see how the siblings grow and evolve together. I want the audience to leave with a sense of awe and motivate them to explore their own imagination and creativity.”

The Second Street Players ask that families feel free to come in costume since this is their Halloween show. Audience members can stay for some treats and autographs from their favorite characters after the show. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7pm and Sunday is at 1pm. Tickets are $5 for children 18 and younger and $10 for Adults 19 and over. Friday night is a special family night, tickets are Pay What You Can. All tickets can be purchased at the door.  More information can be found at secondstreetplayers.com