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Seniors perform 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'

Ally Marcello helps William Johnston with his make-up. Erin Plummer. (click for larger version)
October 28, 2009
MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes students took a trip to Narnia with this year's senior play production of "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe."

C.S. Lewis' tale of four siblings who find their way into a magical yet dangerous world was brought to life at the Inter-Lakes Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday.

The senior play is a yearly tradition at Inter-Lakes. Teacher and play organizer Cindy Reid said "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" had been performed by the senior class nearly a decade ago.

Most seniors auditioned for their parts, but with roles left to be filled, some were asked to participate.

"Anybody who auditioned got a part, and I went back and begged people," Reid said. "Some of them were like 'I don't think I'm a stage person.' I said 'You know this is your last opportunity.' Some of them have never been on stage before and I think they really enjoyed it."

Rehearsals took place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"They pulled this together in literally four weeks," Reid said.

The official dress rehearsal was the performance to students in kindergarten through fourth grade on the Thursday before the play opened.

Ticket sales were split between the Drama Club and the senior class.

Cory Walker of Meredith played Edmund, the youngest brother who is lured into a trap by the White Witch. Walker has been involved with theater previously and is running for Vice President of the Drama Club.

"It's a lot of senior friends getting together," Walker said. "In the four weeks we rehearsed it, it's come together. A lot of people that weren't associating before kind of are now."

The role of the White Witch was taken by Ally Marcello of Meredith.

"It shows just my ableness to switch personalities quickly," Marcello said. "I have to be really evil and witchy and sweet and make (Edmund) believe I'm just this nice queen and then be a witch."

Marcello had no prior stage experience.

"It's like such an exciting feeling being in front of everybody," she said. "It was a lot of work to memorize all the lines, but it was fun working with everyone."

Korbin Shuffleton of Center Harbor wore a furry suit to play Tumnus the Faun, which he said was not difficult to act in.

Shuffleton said he does not have any other theater experience but is used to being on stage playing percussion with the high school band and guitar with the jazz band.

"I'll only be a senior in high school for one year in my life," Shuffleton said of taking part in the play.

Freshman William Johnston of Sandwich was asked to be in the play by Reid, who said if there were any roles open for the younger students in Drama Club, she would contact them.

Johnston played the Dwarf, the White Queen's main henchman. This is his first year in Drama Club, but he has been acting for the past three years with Advice to the Players, Barnstormers Theater, and in junior high school productions.

Johnston said he worked well with the seniors in the production.

"It's fun in some ways," he said. "We've all got the same kind of humor going on."

Marcello said Johnston helped her out greatly with her performance.

"I was so nervous and stuff, he calms me down," Marcello said.

Matin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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