Aslan roars

November 17, 2017

The White Witch takes over McLeod Theatre During a Daring Adventure to Narnia

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- “But it’s always cold in Narnia, Mr. Beaver.” That’s because the evil White Witch has taken control of the land and cast a frozen spell over Narnia. Now, only the bravest and noblest of heroes can stop her. 

SIU Theater will treat the region to an encore production of C.S. Lewis’ classic fantasy tale “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” dramatized for the stage by SIU alumnus Joseph Robinette, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the McLeod Theater. 

Filled with intrigue, adventure and action, this 1989 stage adaptation has all the mystery and magic of the original 1950 story as Lucy and her three siblings find their way to the troubled land of Narnia. There, brother Edmund, beguiled by the evil queen, wrestles with greedy betrayal, finds redemption in forgiveness, and joins his brother and sisters as they team with the lion, Aslan, to help end the White Witch’s rule. 

Joseph Robinette, who penned the script, received a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from SIU. He is the author or co-author of 55 published works, receiving awards for a lifetime of adapting children’s classics. In 2013, he was nominated for a Tony Award for the libretto of Broadway’s acclaimed “A Christmas Story, The Musical.”  This year, Mr. Robinette will be in Carbondale for the production, and will present a special pre-show lecture on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. prior to the 2 p.m. matinee performance. 

More delicious than Turkish delight, the production is a perfect holiday treat for children and adults alike. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” plays Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the McLeod Theater. Due to the family nature of this production, we are pleased to feature a family four pack for $40, using promo code 4for40. Regular tickets are $18 for adults and $6 for children and students. Tickets can be obtained Monday-Friday during regular hours by phone at 618/453-6000, in person at the McLeod Theater or SIU Arena box offices or online at Group discounts are available for regular adult-priced tickets only. However, there is a School Matinee 10 a.m., Nov. 30, with special pricing for school groups. 

For interviews or photo opportunities, contact J. Thomas Kidd at or 618-521-5005.