Watertown-Mayer High School students will take the stage this week in a production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the selection for this year’s annual spring play.
Based on the popular children’s novel by C.S. Lewis, this dramatization written by Joseph Robinette follows four children through a wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia. There, they join the great lion Aslan and his mythical followers in a battle against the White Witch and her evil army.
“Our school has never done this show before, so we’re excited to see what the audience thinks,” said Watertown-Mayer senior Sarah Soley, who plays the White Witch. “The sets and costumes are amazing, and our new director has done an excellent job.”
Joyce Peterson has taken over as the director after Doug Voerding retired at the end of last school year. Peterson has been a part of seven previous Watertown-Mayer productions, but this is her first one serving as director.
“For this show, I wanted to give the students more creative control of not only their character, but the sets, costuming and artistic production,” Peterson said. “It is also the first show to my knowledge that we have a student director (Kira Hazelbaker).”
Peterson said the dedication and talent from the students in this year’s production have made her job easy.
“These kids are amazing,” she said. “They have really put their hearts into all aspects of this show. I am so proud of them and can’t wait for the community to see the finished product.”
Performances will take place in the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students, and are available at the door.
Josh Loomis (Aslan); Sarah Soley (White Witch); Jeremy Nikunen (Edmond); Ian Klass (Peter); Lyndzi Durkin (Susan); Emalee Mader (Lucy); Kurt Gilbertson (Fenris Ulf); McKenna Luedke (Dwarf); Liz Vouk (Mrs. Beaver); Zoe Clark (Mr. Beaver); Ana Alexander (Unicorn); Kathryn Jorganson (Centaur); Jay Boerner (Tumnus); Jacob Wandersee (Father Christmas, Aslan Warrior); Josiah Aldrich (Elf, Aslan Warrior); Meghan Campbell (Leopard); Rebecca Czech (Rabbit); Natalie Donat (Owl); Hannah Kroeger (Fox); Samantha Elsenpeter (Doe); Lucas Merringer (Queens Army 1); Grace Filek (Queens Army 2); Jackie Farniok (Queens Army 3); Grace Kroeger (Queens Army 4); Mackenzie Farber (Wood Nymph 1, 1st Newcomer); Katie Hillmann (Wood Nymph 2, 2nd newcomer); Brigit Larkin (Wood Nymph 3); Theressa Solberg (Wood Nymph 4).
Director: Joyce Peterson
Student Director: Kira Hazelbaker
Technical Supervisor: Kyle Hoffmann
Lighting Design and Technician: Zeke Cartland
Sound Technician: Caleb Farber
Set Design and Construction: Jeremy Nikunen, Emalee Mader, Sarah Soley, Grace Filek, Hannah Kroeger, Grace Kroeger, Samantha Elsenpeter, McKenna Luedke, Jacob Wandersee
Costuming: Sarah Soley, Ana Alexander, Emalee Mader
Centaur Design and Construction: Jim Jorganson, Kathryn Jorganson
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