2014 C.S. Lewis Festival Focus on “A Quest for Meaning”

A Quest for Meaning  NARNIA (2014)October 24th kicks off this year’s weekend for the C.S. Lewis Festival that is now celebrating it’s twelfth year in  Petoskey, Michigan. There theme, “A Quest for Meaning” was chosen because they will have an advanced screening of a new documentary film about “myth, imagination and faith in the lives & literature of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.” This will take place a Petoskey Middle School Auditorium at 7:30 PM on the 24th (Friday night). This is a free event, but most of the other events are not.

On Saturday, October 25th they will have four sessions as part of a “Saturday Seminar” (click here for pricing details). It runs from 9 o’clock until 3 in the afternoon and includes a questions and answers panel discussion with Chip Duncan (one of the filmmakers of “A Quest for Meaning,” and scholars Dr. Verlyn Flieger and Dr. Peter Schakel. Each of these guest will also have their own session. All of these events are held at the North Central Michigan College Library Conference Center.

Among other happenings going on at this annual event is a presentation of Narnia: The Musical. It takes place on the evening of October 25th and afternoon of the 26th. Get ticket information for this and other events by visiting CSLewisFestival.org.


Narnia hits the Stage in Chicagoland

Mark Sommer, from Hollywood Jesus, writes:

The Paramount Theater in Aurora, Illinois will be hosting the Theatreworks USA musical, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. There will be three shows on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 9:30am, 11:45 am and 7pm. Family-friendly entertainment.

For more information, be sure to visit Hollywood Jesus

Children learn makeup, costumes for fantasy world of ‘Narnia’

Teaching 53 children and teens how to apply makeup to look like animals and mystical creatures could have been a recipe for disaster.

April Morgan found a formula to make it fun.

And like the characters in “Narnia,” the musical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” perhaps a bit of good luck and magic were involved.

Morgan, 25, who is working on a degree in communications with an emphasis in theater from West Virginia State University, said she involved the cast members in the process.

Watching “The Chronicles of Narnia” helped kids visualize the characters.

“We actually sat down and I drew some stuff out and the kids drew stuff out and we drew inspiration from the movie,” Morgan said.

“I did two Saturday workshops where I taught the kids and their parents to apply the makeup and the prosthetics.”

Each character was given a diagram showing what his or her makeup should look like.

[Read the rest at the Daily Mail]

C.S. Lewis Fest is much more than a ‘Myth’

PRESS RELEASE: The Petoskey area is gearing up for its fourth annual month-long festival honoring the life and works of author C.S. Lewis.

Activities begin with the kickoff weekend Oct. 26-29, when community groups and guest scholars will explore “Myth, Imagination and Faith: A Spiritual Journey Through Literature.” That is the title of a forthcoming documentary on authors Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The film is co-produced by Petoskey filmmaker David Crouse and award-winning director Chip Duncan of Milwaukee, co-creators of the 2002 PBS documentary, “The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Work of C. S. Lewis.”

“Myth” features interviews with an international cast of scholars including Reza Aslan of Santa Barbara, Calif., author and scholar of comparative religions; and Dr. Christopher Mitchell, director of the Wade Center at Wheaton College. Both will take part in a screening of rough edits and a panel discussion with the film’s co-producers on Friday evening, Oct. 27, at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.

The kick-off weekend also will feature a day-long seminar Oct. 28 entitled “Windows to Other Worlds: C. S. Lewis on Imagination and Literature,” also at North Central Michigan College.

Designed for educators, administrators, students and lifelong learners, the seminar features scholars Peter Schakel of Hope College and Leland Ryken of Wheaton College. Half-day registrations are available.

Other Lewis-related events throughout November include musical performances, community arts and library programs, school reading events, discussion groups and the annual children’s performance of “Narnia: The Musical” Nov. 3-5.

Some events are free and open to the public, while others require registration or tickets.

For more information, visit www.cslewisfestival.org or call 347-5550.

Narnia the Musical Tickets On Sale

Tickets are available for South Valley Civic Theatre young performers’ production of ‘Narnia.’ The musical is running in Morgan Hill, CA.

‘Narnia’ is a musical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic tale, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Directed by Carol Harris, ‘Narnia’ is produced by special arrangement of THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING CO. of Woodstock Illinois.

SVCT’s ‘Narnia’ opens at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse on March 17 and runs through April 8. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. There are two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday March 25 and April 1.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. Tickets are available from cast members, at the Gilroy Visitor’s Bureau, Morgan Hill Community Center and at Booksmart in Morgan Hill. Tickets can be purchased online at www.svct.org.

Pied Piper Players’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Fans in the San Francisco Bay Area: This is a sophisticated, beautifully staged play with some great special effects — appropriate for adults, families and kids (though perhaps children under five might be a bit scared in the killing Aslan scene or the battle scene?).

A Family Musical based on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
presented by Pied Piper Players
October 21-30, 2005
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm
Bayside Performing Arts Center, 2025 Kehoe Avenue, San Mateo
Tickets/Info 650.992.PIED (7433)

See a Narnia Play

Looking for Narnia Play Scripts

If anyone can help, I’m looking for Narnia scripts for plays that are easy to produce and made for children to perform. I’ve received many e-mails from people looking for this type of stuff, and I would like to be able to provide some material for them. If you have something that could help, or can provide a lead to the acquisition of a script, please contact me with the contact form.

UPDATED! We’ve Found Some: See C.S. Lewis On Stage for a handful of plays based on Narnia and more!

If anyone has any more resources, e-mail me!