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PBS’s The Great American Read Results: Narnia is No. 9

Posted October 23, 2018 7:03 pm by Glumpuddle 19 Comments

Last Summer on Talking Beasts: The Narnia Podcast, Douglas Gresham (stepson of C. S. Lewis) called on NarniaWebbers to support Narnia in PBS’s Great American Read.

And you responded! The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis placed 9th on a list of one hundred beloved books. Thanks for voting, NarniaWebbers!

Over 4 million votes were cast. Here is the top ten:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
2, Outlander
3. Harry Potter
4. Pride and Prejudice
5. The Lord of the Rings
6. Gone with the Wind
7. Charlotte’s Web
8. Little Women
9. The Chronicles of Narnia
10. Jane Eyre

View the complete list

Vote Narnia in the Final Week of The Great American Read

Posted October 12, 2018 6:48 pm by The Rose-Tree Dryad 16 Comments

 

Do you think that The Chronicles of Narnia should be crowned as America’s best-loved novel?

It’s now the final week to vote in The Great American Read on PBS. After five months and almost four million votes cast, C. S. Lewis’s classic series is currently ranked in the Top Ten from a list of one hundred books. The winner will be announced during the grand finale episode on October 23rd, but there’s still time to vote and help Narnia take the gold!

HOW TO VOTE:

– The Great American Read website (Search: “Narnia”).
Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #VOTENarnia.
– Texting #VoteNarnia to 97979.
– Calling toll free at 1-855-443-6522.

You may vote once per day with each of these voting methods.

Voting is eligible to individuals in the United States and Canada. For more information, check out the How to Vote page.

Remember, voting ends on October 18th at 11:59 pm PT, so the clock is ticking. #VoteNarnia and show the world that Aslan is on the move!

Ballet Inspired by “The Great Divorce” Premieres This Weekend

Posted October 2, 2018 11:02 am by daughter of the king 6 Comments

Ballet 5:8 is premiering a ballet inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce by Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager this weekend in Grand Rapids, MI called The Space in Between.

Drawing inspiration from The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, The Space in Between explores the nature of eternity and the joy found on its shores.

The Space in Between is a one-act ballet that will be performed with another original by Slader, Four Seasons of the Soul. The ballets will be toured in other cities, including Chicago, Fort Wayne, and Memphis. Tickets are available on the Ballet 5:8 website. Seen the show? Be sure to tell us what you think!

Tickets On Sale For ‘The Horse and His Boy’ at The Logos Theatre

Posted September 14, 2018 10:50 am by Glumpuddle 4 Comments

Narnia history will be made on March 1, 2019.

Tickets for the first-ever United States stage production of The Horse and His Boy are now on sale. It will premiere at The Logos Theatre in Taylors, SC.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the horses.

Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis, will be attending the first two performances. The book was dedicated to him and his brother. Listen to NarniaWeb’s discussion with Mr. Gresham about the book and his excitement for the upcoming play.

Over a dozen NarniaWebbers will be in the audience on opening night, so stay tuned for our review.

We understand most of our readers will not be able to make it to South Carolina. But we hope you will join us in celebrating one of the lesser-known (and for many, favorite) Narnia stories getting much-deserved attention.

Read our review for The Logos’ Theatre’s Prince Caspian production.

Shaw Festival to Stage Another Narnia Play in 2019

Posted August 11, 2018 1:33 pm by daughter of the king 5 Comments

Narnia fans may have more than one opportunity to see original stage versions of The Horse and His Boy in North America next year! The Shaw Festival’s version of The Magician’s Nephew opened to excellent reviews earlier this year, and will continue to stage performances this fall. Building off that success, The Standard reported today that one of the plays in next year’s line up is an original version of The Horse and His Boy adapted by Anna Chatterton and directed by Christine Brubaker. Although performance dates for the individual plays next season have not yet been announced, according to the Shaw Festival’s official website, the 2019 season will run April 6th – December 22nd next year. The Logos Theatre will also be staging a production of The Horse and His Boy in 2019.

Steven Sutcliffe as Uncle Andrew and Travis Seeto as Digory

Tickets are not available to the general public for either production yet, but there are still tickets available for The Magician’s Nephew at shawfest.com.

The 1960s Narnia Movie You (Probably) Haven’t Seen

Posted July 24, 2018 12:27 pm by The Rose-Tree Dryad 86 Comments

The White Witch from the 1967 TV serial.A movie version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that’s half a century old?

Long before the BBC serials and the Walden Media trilogy, an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s classic story aired on British television. Broadcast by ITV in the summer of 1967, the serial ran in ten installments of twenty minute episodes. All of the animals of Narnia, including Aslan, were portrayed by actors in costume.

Out of the ten episodes, only the first and eighth episodes are believed to exist today, and two clips from the eighth episode have surfaced on YouTube. Check them out below:

 

 

What are your thoughts on this glimpse of the first Narnia movie adaptation? How does it compare to later versions? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks to The Lamp-post Listener for this find! Check out their podcast here.

VOTE for Narnia! PBS Series The Great American Read

Posted May 25, 2018 10:00 am by The Rose-Tree Dryad 20 Comments

It’s time for NarniaWebbers to head to the polls!

This September, PBS will be launching a new series called “The Great American Read” and the one volume edition of The Chronicles of Narnia has a chance to win as the nation’s best-loved book in the series finale on October 23rd.

At the end of the latest podcast episode, Douglas Gresham said, “If anyone on NarniaWeb wants to vote, please do!”

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.  

HOW TO VOTE:
– The Great American Read website (Search: “Narnia”)
Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #VOTENarnia.

You may vote once per day on each of these platforms.

Voting is eligible to individuals in the United State and Canada. For more information, check out the How to Vote FAQs.

#VOTENarnia and show the world that Aslan is on the move!

 

School for the Deaf to Perform ASL Version of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

Posted May 24, 2018 2:09 pm by daughter of the king 1 Comment

Although there are many different stage versions of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, most of them are not designed to be accessible for the Deaf or hard-of-hearing. According to whyy.org, the original adaptation by director Daniel Brucker was written for specifically for American Sign Language (ASL), and features most of the high school students at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf as either actors or crew.

In the article, Brucker talks about some of the challenges of adapting the story for ASL:

“I had a vision of the different characters that they are not just acting out hearing roles, that they are actually deaf characters,” he said. So if the book said, for example, “We hear someone coming,” Brucker would tweak it. “A deaf audience wouldn’t actually resonate with that idea.”

Brucker rehearsing with students

The play will be performed on May 25th and 26th at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, and the lines will be spoken aloud while the Deaf actors perform in ASL so the show is accessible for both Deaf and hearing audience members. Whyy News also posted a video containing interviews with some of the cast members as well as Brucker:

CS Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert Now Available on Amazon

Posted March 23, 2018 10:59 am by The Rose-Tree Dryad 1 Comment

If you can’t make a performance during The Most Reluctant Convert’s ongoing tour, there’s another way to watch the one-man play that explores the conversion of C.S. Lewis from atheism to Christianity. The Fellowship for Performing Arts production is now available on DVD or for rent or purchase on Amazon. Streaming is free for Amazon Prime members.

For those who would like to see the play in person, these are the current tour dates:

Read NarniaWeb’s review of the play here, and check out the trailer below:

 

“The Making of Prince Caspian” Documentary (Review)

Posted March 14, 2018 1:04 pm by daughter of the king 4 Comments

Narnia fans who can’t get enough of the stage version of Prince Caspian will soon have the opportunity to bring a bit of it home with them on DVD. Back to Narnia: The Making of Prince Caspian is currently available to pre-order.

The documentary devotes a large portion of time to the preparations for a performance of Logos’ version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at a fine arts festival in Scotland, which was taking place simultaneously as the initial development of their version of Prince Caspian. The rest of the nearly one-hour runtime focuses on the various behind-the-scenes parts of stagecraft required to develop an entirely new play. The script, casting, sets, makeup, and sound design are all covered. Most of the special effects used in the play are not described, but those interested in stagecraft should enjoy what pieces are explained in detail, such as creating Beruna’s Bridge, which needed to hold together, come apart, and then be put back together for the next performance.

For those Narnia fans who might not be as interested in set design, there are multiple clips where writer/director Nicole Stratton discusses how she chose to adapt the script from the book and blocked various key scenes. Here is a brief clip about the process:

The highlight of the DVD is an interview between Douglas Gresham and Stratton. They discuss not only what Gresham thought of the play, but also the importance of live theater as a medium and the influence of C.S. Lewis’ works.

The final run of Prince Caspian ends April 28th. Read our review here, and order tickets with the NarniaWeb discount.

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