The first and most famous story of The Chronicles of Narnia has become a musical presentation of this unique, enchanted world filled with creatures and spirits of myth and fable, both good and evil, demonic and transcendent. The principal inhabitants, however, are the intelligent talking animals ruled by the majestic King Aslan, the great lion of Narnia. Though Aslan is often absent from the land (so that his very existence is doubted by some), he returns when the need for him is greatest. And entering Narnia at a moment of high adventure are some children—plucked from our world in unexpected ways to help Narnia and to learn from their Narnia odyssey lessons of courage, unselfishness and wisdom that will help them grow. Narnia wants to sing, and from the excitement of the opening song, "Aslan's on the Move," to the joy of "Narnia (You Can't Imagine)," your spirits will soar with all those in Narnia.
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- Type of Show Musical
- Product Code N01000
- Cast Size 11
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 120 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871293817
- "It's a lovely little piece that ends up being huge. Songs are very germane and move the plot along nicely. Script is very "tight"Ñno useless words. Impossible to cut as a result. :) Everyone involved found Narnia a truly worthwhile and often moving experience."
- Review by Pamela Dundas, Wing & A Prayer Players, Southfield, Mich.
- "Excellent show! Even four-year-olds were mesmerized! Music enhanced the plot and characters greatly! Love this show!"
- Review by Donna Chalmers, Fifth Row Center, Flowery Branch, Ga.
- "This was the third show in our 2009-2010 inaugural season and generated our largest attendance. The timeless message of Narnia was a delight to everyone who saw the show."
- Review by Willa Martin, Christian Youth Theatre, Wichita, Kan.
- "The music is challenging, but the show is very well written. This is a great adaptation of the book. Our studentsÑand a wide audienceÑloved it."
- Review by Doris Goble, Eastbrook High School, Marion, Ind.
- "Narnia was a hugely rewarding project for the students of our conservatoryÑit challenged us all, but in the end the journey was worth the payoff and everyone was uplifted. The songs are surprisingly lovely, poignant, and often very funny. It is a larger play than it appears on paper, but is very satisfying to produce."
- Review by Stefan Espinosa, Utah Festival Opera, Logan, Utah
- "This show contains great characters and memorable songs. If you want a powerful and exciting show, this is it."
- Review by Roy H. Wilhite, Jr., Royal Heights Productions, McKenzie, Tenn.
- "Narnia is an excellent musical with fun and memorable music and a well written script that creates an ensemble cast. Middle school actors loved it and were able to create really professional performances with this script and music."
- Review by Nancy Olszewski, McMurray Middle School, Vashon, WA
- "We had an excellent run! Suitable musical for middle school -- great orchestra parts (especially the flute). Fabulous sets and costumes. Highly recommend this musical. Great acting and singing opportunities."
- Review by Judy Gislason, St. James-Assiniboia Music Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
- "An excellent community theater play. The roles are interesting (suitable for double casting); the songs are not too challenging (yet funny and catchy); and there is plenty of room for the Director to play with."
- Review by Horacio Ferriz, Center Stage Community Arts Conservatory, Waterford, CA
- "This is a fun filled show entertaining for both the audience and performers. Perfect for any size of theatre company. A true audience pleaser!"
- Review by Patrick Weber, Peter Augustus Theatre Group, Minneapolis, Minn.
- "This is a powerful story. It's the salvation message in a cool symbolic way. The diversity between the children and all the complex Narnians is so fun to play with. I feel the authors served the C. S. Lewis book well. "Field of Flowers" is the best song from your library I've worked with."
- Review by Fredia Thompson, Christian Youth Theatre, Vancouver, Wash.
- "This worked beautifully for a middle school group. Lewis' book is so well loved, and this adaptation retains the richness and diversity of the original, while keeping the story moving at an excellent pace."
- Review by Susan Stillman, Convent of the Sacred Heart School, New York, N.Y.
- "This play is absolutely fabulous ... by far the best that we have ever produced. The script is extremely well written, the music is wonderful, and the lyrics are awesome. The authors have brought the well-loved story to life and not only were true to the original but also added a delightful touch of humor."
- Review by Barbara Eyges, Theatre of Light, Marblehead, Mass.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Focus on the story. Don't make it a spectacle. Read C. S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe before you go into directing."
- Tip by Fredia Thompson, Christian Youth Theatre, Vancouver, Wash.
- "We used three-sided flats on casters to create three different scenes (mansion, winter, spring)."
- Tip by Mark Miller, Ox Hill Baptist Church, Chantilly, Va.
|Narnia (You Can't Imagine)||mp3||Download|
|Wot a Bit a Spring Can Do||mp3||Download|
|From the Inside Out||mp3||Download|
|Catch Me If You Can||mp3||Download|
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|Glenridge Performing Arts Center||Sarasota||Florida||4/20/2018||4/28/2018|
|S.A. Kroc Community Theater||Coeur d'Alene||Idaho||3/2/2018||3/11/2018|
|Artios Academies of Gwinnett||Lilburn||Georgia||12/14/2017||12/16/2017|
|Barn Theatre Trust Limited||Welwyn Garden City||12/15/2017||12/31/2017|
|Valor Christian High School||Highlands Branch||Colorado||1/26/2018||1/27/2018|
|Cambridge Performing Arts Centre||Cambridge||Ohio||6/8/2018||6/17/2018|
|Hillhurst United Church||Calgary||Alberta||5/4/2018||5/6/2018|
|Musical Theatre Village||Irvine||California||6/8/2018||7/8/2018|
|Lakewood Congregational Church (UCC)||Lakewood||Ohio||3/24/2018||3/25/2018|
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