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Arts & Entertainment Magical world of ‘Narnia’ at the Smoky Mountain Center

The Overlook Theatre Company will present “Narnia” Aug. 4, 5, and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 7, at 2:30 p.m., at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Pictured are Heather Lenox as the White Witch; Rachel Alford as the Dwarf and Sam McQuitty as Edmund. Tickets are $13 adult, $10 students. To purchase tickets, call (866)273-4615 or visit www.GreatMountainMusic.com. Photo by Betsey GooderThe Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts’ own resident theatre troupe, The Overlook Players, will present “Narnia” Aug. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday, Aug. 7 matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$13.

Based on the beloved classic “Chronicles of Narnia” written by C.S. Lewis, this faithful two-act adaptation for the stage tells the tale of four young children who stumble through a wardrobe and into a mysterious world. Told here with a mix of live actors and puppets, Narnia will transport you to the most magical place you have ever been.

Narnia is directed by Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Artistic Director, Scotty Corbin, who also performs as the vicious wolf, Fenris Ulf. The production stars Franklin favorites Samuel Crabtreee as Aslan the brave lion; Heather Lenox as the chilling White Witch with Rachel Alford as her Dwarf sidekick; Doug Egge and Nikki Corbin as Mr. and Mrs. Beaver; and T.J. Hanson, Kaley Davis, Sam McQuitty, and Sarah Talley as the four Pevensie children who enter the mysterious land of Narnia through an enchanted wardrobe.

The Overlook Players are known for presenting large-scale, quality productions featuring local actors with big-time talent. Recent performances include Disney’s stunning “Beauty and the Beast,” the classic crowd-pleaser “The Sound of Music,” and the Tony-award winning “Guys and Dolls.” Whether you’re a long-time fan of the theatre or just passing through the area, take time to step through the wardrobe into the magical world of Narnia.

This production is sponsored by Compassion International, a Christian aid organization focused on the spiritual, physical, economic, and social needs of children in poverty. Compassion International is also sponsoring “Narnia Adventureland Party” on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., in the back parking lot of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Children can experience the mysterious world of Narnia through games, face-painting, adventure castles, and much more. Tickets are $5 per person and do not include food. Tickets are available prior to the event at the box office or the day of the event. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. In case of bad weather a smaller “Adventureland Party” will be held inside the theater.

To purchase tickets to any performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, to get more information, or to see a schedule of coming events, go to www.GreatMountainMusic.com or call (866)273-4615.


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