Alliance Theatre Education intern, Regan, got a behind the scenes look at the Alliance Theatre’s production of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. Check out her thoughts on the process!
The Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center is a spectacular fun filled place that welcomes actors, actresses, musicians, and all other types of artists. The Alliance Theatre has had multiple plays and performances. One play rehearsal that I had the opportunity to see was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. While watching the making of this play, I saw all of the hard work and dedication that everyone had to provide in order to have the play completed in an almost perfected standard. One major key point that I grasped within this specific play was the ability of the actors. Every actor and actress needed to have the capability and skill to know their lines, manage their given time well, and perform to their best ability. From what I could notice, every actor within this play had these skills and was very persistent in knowing how to use the skills they withheld to have a well-performed play. Even though the actors and actresses are a major part of a play, I would say that at least sixty percent of the overall work goes into the people that necessarily aren’t seen at all during the play, specifically the technicians. There are over 200 different light set ups that can be used during a play at the Alliance Theatre. Some common lights that are used in almost every play are the conventional and revolutionary lights. During my sit in at one of the play rehearsals, I noticed that most of the lights as well as sounds brought out within a play are directed by a person and aren’t on a timed automatic schedule. This means that if there are fifty different noises within a play, someone would most likely have to call out about twenty commands to have someone else push play to have it projected throughout the entire theatre. Overall, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is an entertaining play that requires much work on stage as well as off stage. I personally enjoyed the parts of the play that I did get to see and would recommend it to all students. Even though this play would probably be suited for elementary students, I do believe middle school as well as high school students would enjoy the play. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe could help teenagers to bring back the excitement, adventure, as well as fascination that may have been lost between the years of becoming a teen.
by Regan, 15
For showtimes and ticket information visit: http://alliancetheatre.org/production/the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe