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Welcome to Narnia: Annual Fourth Grade Play

Welcome to Narnia: Annual Fourth Grade Play

By: Journalism Staff

As tradition, Mrs. Whitman’s fourth grade class, after much practice and preparation, performed a theatrical version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, in their elementary classroom this last week. Showtimes were on Wednesday, May 17 at 1 p.m. for parents, Thursday, May 18 at 1 p.m. for the middle and high school, and on Friday, May 19 at 9 a.m. for the elementary. The casting was as follows:

Narrator: Emily Ketcham

Lucy: Neviah Simoons

Susan: Moriah Szuch

Mrs. Beaver: Aniya Nichols

Robin: Ava Taylor

White Witch: Jaymin Parent

Peter: Malachi Menke

Edmund: Isaiah Kiser

Mr. Beaver: Hewitt Wright

Professor: Hewitt Wright

Lady Ginnerbrickea: Ava Taylor

Aslan: Curtis Pollard III

Lady Fox: Emylie Kerns

Mr. Tumnus: Curtis Pollard III

Father Christmas: Curtis Pollard III

Lady Oreius: Emylie Kerns

Maughrim: Hewitt Wright

Sound: Emylie Kerns, Ava Taylor, Jaymin Parent

Mrs. Whitman, who has been directing the play for nine of the about sixteen years now, was excited to share about the play! When asked her favorite part of organizing it, she stated, “I love teaching the meaning and the symbolism of the story between Aslan the Lion and Jesus. Going from winter to spring it represents the darkness turning into light. Every year I find a deeper meaning to the story. Little light bulbs come on for the kids, and they see that what Aslan did is like what Jesus did for them. I love the higher level reading and thinking skills in reading the book and having the learning centers before we have the play.” This year specifically, Mrs. Whitman was pleased in how much the kids and parents enjoyed the performance. Also, the fun she had in knighting and blessing each of her students individually after the play.

The story is chosen to be done as a play and read by the class each year because of the spiritual symbolism and characters author C.S. Lewis incorporated into it. In the play’s program is a description of the story and how it parallels to the Gospel. By learning the story, the students can better understand the crucifixion, and it’s impact of salvation to our souls.

Mrs. Whitman is already looking forward to next year’s performance! “I’ve already talked to next year’s kids, and they are so excited. Some of them have waited since kindergarten to be a certain part”, she shared. Congratulations to this year’s fourth-grade class and Mrs. Whitman for a job well done!