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School of Performing Arts Presents “Narnia” to Over 3,200 People in Southeast Idaho

The School of Performing Arts brought the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre to life this season with their musical adaption of “Narnia” based off the C.S. Lewis’s classic “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

School of Performing Arts Presents “Narnia” to Over 3,200 People in Southeast Idaho

The School of Performing Arts brought the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre to life this season with their musical adaption of “Narnia” based off the C.S. Lewis’s classic “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

The stage design, costumes, lighting and characters helped the play come to life and engage audience members of all ages. The stage featured a rotating forest with flying snow, projections and over-the-top costumes and make-up. The cast included 30 students, which was one of the largest casts in the School of Performing Arts history.

The production was directed by Stefan Espinosa, assistant lecturer in theatre and dance who has taught classes in voice, dialect and fight choreography. Before settling on the musical version, Espinosa said he looked at the various stage scripts of “Narnia” and wanted to find the one that best reflected what he felt when reading the book as a child.

“I wanted to find the perfect fit, and this adaptation really captures the story’s epic quality,” he said. “The music is charming, fun and quite beautiful, and helps the play become larger than life.”

Espinosa said his favorite part of the production was when the lion, Aslan, sang to the children at the end that the next task for them is to repair the war-torn world. Aslan tells the children that it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep the world safe through love, freely given with a generous spirit.

“I think it is magical for young people today to get to see children as the heroes of the story,” Espinosa said. “I have a great passion for children's theatre and frequently tell my actors how they will likely never know the seeds they may plant through this work, but the positive message of this play will absolutely find fertile ground in the hearts of our young audience members.”

Over 1,500 students from area schools were able to see “Narnia” at matinee performances during the week. Students came from Rockland Elementary, Morningside Montessori, Holy Spirit Catholic School, the Grace Lutheran School, Syringa Elementary, American Falls Middle School, Highland High School, and more.

Along with the students, more than 1,700 Southeast Idaho residents came and saw the production, totaling audience attendance over 3,200.

The School of Performing Arts will next present “ISU Dance in Concert” on Feb. 24, 25 and March 2, 3 and 4. Then they will perform Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” on April 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.

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