Monday, November 11, 2013

Winter Theater: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Encore Stage and Studio

Connor attended the last 15 minutes of Helen's musical theater class. While there, he noticed an advertisement for Encore Stage and Studio's current production, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

I was going to skip this production. Fall has been a busy season for us, and I wasn't sure the content was quite right. A friend of mine made a compelling argument why she was waiting to let her child read the book, which I figured extended to watching the show as well. But Connor was excited by the ad, as was Ed, so we decided to go.

Connor loved the show. He was intrigued throughout and was definitely interested in how it would be resolved - though he did note that all stories like this have a happy ending, so he did anticipate that much. The acting in the show was quite good, and it was fun having Helen imagine herself in the show - though she would prefer to be one of the good people, not the mean people in the White Witch's crew! (I guess she's not quite at the point of being able to detach the actor from the character.)

The show was well done, and I do recommend making it part of your weekend before it closes on November 17. The show is recommended for ages 4+, but I think the White Witch was scary enough, that I'd actually recommend it for older children. Helen did make it through, and did not have any bad dreams - but I still think even 6 might have been a little young for this show. I've included a photo of the White Witch below, so you can check out the creep factor for yourselves.

The show is being held at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd; Arlington.

Remaining performances are:
Friday, November 15 at 7:30
Saturday, November 16 and 11:00 and 3:00
Sunday, November 17 at 3:00
Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for children, students, seniors, and military.

The White Witch is played by Sophia Kingsley. Photo credit: Larry McClemons

From left to right: Lucy Pevensie (Isabel Tate), Susan Pevensie (Lauren Monsivaiz), Edmund Pevensie (Thomas Schindler) and Peter Pevensie (Richard Bew). Photo credit: Larry McClemons

Congratulations to the cast members and crew! It must have been so much fun working on this show, and it showed in your performance. Even when there was a minor technical glitch, the show went on as planned. Bravo!


Encore Stage and Studio gifted me with two of the four seats my family used for this performance. I was not required to post about the show. All opinions are my own.


  1. Thank you! We are going all (11 people) on Saturday! And I saw Helen's pic on the web! She looks really cute!

  2. We have seen this at Imagination Stage and loved it.