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SC Theatre to stage ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’
During a rehearsal for Sterling College Theatre’s production of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter (middle) Susan (left) and Lucy (right) played by Luke Harding, Rebekah Parish and Cate Gutteridge, realize that their brother Edmund is missing. Looking on in the scene are the bear and fox, played by Anya Billings and Jesse Higgins. The show will be staged Feb. 4-6.

STERLING — Aslan, Mr. Tumnus, the White Witch, the Pevensie children, and all the fantastic creatures of Narnia from C.S. Lewis’s beloved novel “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” will come to life on the Sterling College Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6, in Culbertson Auditorium.  

“The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,” dramatized by Joseph Robinette, follows the adventures of the Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, who step into a wardrobe and find themselves in Narnia, a winter wonderland inhabited by fantastic creatures and talking animals. For all its beauty, Narnia is not without danger. 

All the inhabitants of Narnia live in fear of their ruthless queen, the White Witch, who keeps the land under her spell, so it is “always winter, but never Christmas.” Many Narnians hope for the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, who could challenge the White Witch. The Witch fears the appearance of human children in Narnia signals Aslan’s return, so the four siblings are forced into hiding. They successfully evade the Witch, but then Edmund disappears. Peter, Susan, and Lucy are determined to find him, even if they must save all of Narnia in order to rescue him.  

Aslan will be voiced by Nilo Reynoso of Carson, Calif., and puppeteered by him along with Max Martin of Dallas, Texas. Peter will be played by Luke Harding of Sterling. Susan will be portrayed by Rebekah Parish of Westminster, Colo., and Katie Lumbert of Wichita. Dawson Urwiller of Hutchinson will play Edmond, and Cate Gutteridge of Oklahoma City will play Lucy. Mr. Beaver will be played by John Williams of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Beaver will be played by Ava Bachert of Sterling and Katie Lumbert of Wichita. Mr. Tumnus will be portrayed by Torey Wilson of Rural Hall, N.C. Rachel Thomson of Hutchinson will play the White Witch. Fenris Ulf will be played by Ian Diaz of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and Jake Pieplow of Sterling will play Father Christmas. 

All performances of “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” will take place in Culbertson Auditorium on the Sterling College campus. Doors open half an hour prior to the show. Tickets are available online at and can also be purchased at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.