The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Grades 3-12)

Students entering Grades 3 through 12 this school year: Join us for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe! This will be a Youth Theatre Companies and Troupe co-production, with the Troupe playing the lead and supporting roles, and the Companies playing the featured and ensemble roles.

They opened a door and entered a world—Narnia—the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever. This superbly adapted dramatization delightfully sweeps the audience into the marvelous heart of their imaginations and into the enchanted world of Narnia. This exquisite production will warm and engage the hearts of children and adults whether they’re hearing the story for the first or the fiftieth time.

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Please click here for an extensive outline of our safety procedures as they currently stand. Please note that these safety procedures are being evaluated and may change prior to the start of the program.

Please email Director of Youth Programs, Leah Porrata, at Leah.Porrata@cfcarts.com with any questions.

Rehearsals will be at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789).

Students enrolled in the Companies Cast (optional auditions, ensemble and featured roles) will rehearse regularly on Mondays from 5:30-7:30 PM from August 9 to September 6. All Companies Cast members will be called to all Monday rehearsals from 5:30-7:30 PM.

Students selected to enroll in the Troupe Cast (mandatory auditions, lead and supporting roles) will rehearse on selected Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 5:30-8 PM from August 9 to September 10. Not all Troupe Cast members will be called to all rehearsals. A full rehearsal schedule will be created after casting based on Troupe cast members’ conflicts, and will be shared at the beginning of the rehearsal process.

Tech and dress rehearsals will take place at the following days and times at Trinity Preparatory School (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park.) 

  • Monday, September 13, 5:30-9:30 PM
  • Tuesday, September 14, 5:30-9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, September 15, 5:30-9:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 16, 5:30-9:30 PM

ALL Cast must attend ALL scheduled tech and dress rehearsals and performances or they will not be able to perform.

Live performances will take place on the following days and times at Trinity Preparatory School (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park.) 

  • Friday, September 17, call time 5:30 PM, performance 7 PM
  • Saturday, September 18, call time 12:30 PM, performances 2 PM and 7 PM (dinner break between shows!)

Audience members may purchase tickets on the event page.

Tuition for all performers is as follows: (scholarships and payment plans available; see below.) 

  • Companies Cast – $150
  • Troupe Cast – $200

Tuition cannot be paid for Troupe Cast until after auditions, as not all students will be selected for the Troupe. Companies Cast tuition can be paid prior to auditions; if a student does audition and chooses to be considered for Troupe Cast, we will send a payment link for the additional $50 if they are accepted into Troupe.

There are three ways to cover tuition:

  • Complete the tuition payment in full via PayPal using the link above for Companies Cast (a link will be sent out after auditions for Troupe Cast to those selected), or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted.) 
  • Reach out to youth@cfcarts.com to set up a tuition payment plan. The first installment will be due no later than the first rehearsal on Monday, August 9. The final installment will be due no later than Thursday, September 16. Installment payments may be made online via PayPal (a link will be provided) or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted, and be sure to set up your payment plan with us first.)
  • Complete the Financial Assistance Application to be considered for a scholarship for this program.

Auditions

Auditions will take place on August 6 and 7, with callbacks on August 8 for those called. These auditions are mandatory for the Troupe Cast and optional for the Companies Cast, and will determine roles. Students may audition for our Winter Companies and Troupe production of Meet Me in St. Louis at the same time if desired! Click here for more information about Meet Me in St. Louis! 

Auditions are for placement only – there’s a role for all actors in this production! 

If you wish to participate without auditioning, that is completely fine! You will be able to note that preference on your Registration Form. We are happy to find a place in this production for all performers, even if they are audition-shy!

Audition blocks are listed below, and you can select which one your student will attend on your student’s Registration Form.

  • Block A – Friday, August 6, 5:30-8 PM
  • Block B – Saturday, August 7, 10:30 AM-1 PM
  • Block C – Saturday, August 7, 2-4:30 PM
  • Block D – Saturday, August 7, 5:30-8 PM

Please note that students do need to stay for the entire block, but may be released early.

For certain students, callbacks will take place on Sunday, August 8 from 2-6:30 PM. Not every student will receive a callback; students who are only auditioning for Companies Cast (featured and ensemble roles) will not require a callback. Students will be notified of callback status by 10 PM on Saturday, August 7 via email.

  • Fill out your student’s Registration Form. Headshots and resumes are encouraged as well, and can be emailed to youth@cfcarts.com. Please do not bring hard copies to your audition.
  • Please bring a water bottle. Mess-free, nut-free snacks are permitted to be eaten during breaks only. Gum is not permitted.
  • Please wear proper attire for a dance/movement audition. Dance or athletic shoes required. No restrictive attire, open-toed shoes, flip-flops/sandals, heels, or skirts/dresses without leggings or shorts beneath. ALL auditioners will participate in the dance/movement audition, even if not auditioning for Meet Me in St. Louis, as there may be featured dance/movement roles in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  • No monologue is required. All auditioners will participate in cold readings from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and/or Meet Me in St. Louis. The scripts will be emailed to all auditioners at least two days prior to the auditions.
  • Only if also auditioning for Meet Me in St. Louis: Prepare and memorize a 16 to 32-bar selection from a musical theatre song. Please do not sing selections from Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Only if also auditioning for Meet Me in St. Louis: Please bring sheet music, three-hole-punched, double-sided, and in a three-ring binder. An accompanist will be provided. Tracks may not be used. Students may not sing a cappella (without accompaniment.)
  • Auditions, as well as rehearsals, are closed to parents, family members, and other visitors. For safety reasons, only students and approved staff/volunteers are permitted.
  • If your student would like some help preparing for their audition, the CFCArts Academy is here to help with Virtual Private Lessons in audition prep covering acting, voice, and/or dance coaching! Lessons can be one-time (called “Flex”) or you can set up recurring lessons if you prefer. Contact Academy@cfcarts.com to register!

Troupe Characters

Lead and supporting roles, cast by audition only. Troupe actors will not double as other roles except for Father Christmas and Elf.

Please note that all 3 Aslan actors, as well as some other Troupe members to be determined, will need to be available on the morning of Friday, Sept. 17 for a promotional event with our puppeteering partners, Michelee Puppets. This can count for service hours.

  • Aslan (3) – A powerful, bold lion who is King of Narnia, embodying all that is good. Will be played by 3 actors (all speaking) and a life-size manipulated puppet. Any gender presentation.
  • Lucy – The youngest Pevensie sibling; naive and trusting, but brave. Female presenting.
  • Edmund – The younger Pevensie brother; selfish and unkind but is redeemed. Male presenting.
  • Susan – The older Pevensie sister; sensible, loyal, and intelligent. Female presenting.
  • Peter – The eldest Pevensie sibling; a true leader, strong, and kind. Male presenting.
  • Tumnus – Nervous but sweet; silly but able to be serious. Any gender presentation.
  • White Witch – An evil witch who claims falsely to be Queen of Narnia. Female presenting.
  • Fenris Ulf – The Witch’s bullying, menacing Captain. Any gender presentation.
  • Dwarf – The Witch’s cruel, rough assistant. Any gender presentation.
  • Mrs. Beaver – Motherly and friendly; member of Aslan’s army. Female presenting.
  • Mr. Beaver – Grumpy but kind-hearted; member of Aslan’s army. Male presenting.
  • Unicorn – An elegant, sophisticated creature; member of Aslan’s army. Female presenting.
  • Centaur – A cheerful person-horse hybrid; member of Aslan’s army. Any gender presentation.
  • Father Christmas – Jolly and warm, an ancient form of St. Nicholas heralding Aslan’s return. Male presenting. Will double as a Sentinel for the White Witch.
  • Elf – A cute, but sharp-witted, elf and assistant to Father Christmas. Any gender presentation. Will double as a Sentinel for the White Witch.

Companies Characters

Featured and ensemble roles, cast by audition only. All are any gender presentation; several of each may be cast. Actors may double as more than one role.

  • Wood Nymphs – Similar to woodland fairies. Graceful and beautiful; on Aslan’s side.
  • Statues – Statues of various creatures, real and mythical, who Aslan brings back to life.
  • Squirrel – Feisty, funny, and strong-willed creatures. Members of Aslan’s army.
  • Fox – Sly, cunning, intelligent, and swift animals. Members of Aslan’s army.
  • Deer – Demure but kind, mature, and elegant animals. Members of Aslan’s army.
  • Rabbit – Energetic, excitable, and very brave creatures. Members of Aslan’s army.
  • Ghoul – Similar to zombies; disheveled and terrifying. Members of the White Witch’s army.
  • Boggle – Similar to goblins; creepy and a bit gross. Members of the White Witch’s army.
  • Ogre – Similar to trolls; ugly, rough, and tough. Members of the White Witch’s army.
  • Cruel – Similar to demons; dark and frightening spirits. Members of the White Witch’s army.
  • Spectre – Similar to ghosts; ethereal, haunting spirits. Members of the White Witch’s army.
  • Hag – Similar to witches; spooky and, well, bewitching. Members of the White Witch’s army.
  • Wolf – Menacing, strong animals. Members of the White Witch’s army.
  • Raccoon – Sneaky, deceitful creatures. Members of the White Witch’s army.
  • Boar – Beasts with brute strength. Members of the White Witch’s army.
  • Mice – Small but mighty creatures. Hard-working and kind; on Aslan’s side.

Other creatures may be added as necessary!

Please follow these steps to register your student.

  • Please register for an audition by filling out the Registration Form. (If your student does not wish to audition, you may note this on the Registration Form as well.)
  • Students new to CFCArts will need to fill out the CFCArts Membership Application.
  • Once your student is registered, you will be sent Fall-Winter 2021 paperwork via DocuSign to your email. 

ALL Forms and Membership Application are due Thursday, August 5.

Not quite ready to join but have some questions about the program or how to get involved?
Just ask! Contact our office at 407-937-1800;719, or email us at Youth@cfcarts.com.

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