Open Auditions for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Gardner-Webb Theatre Arts Invites Community on Feb. 3 – 5

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Gardner-Webb University Theatre Arts is holding auditions for its next production, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Feb. 3-5 in preparation for performances taking place April 9 – 15.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the classic fantasy novel for children by C.S. Lewis.  First published in 1950, the story deals with four London children, who were sent by their parents to a professor’s home in the country for protection during World War II.  While there, they find a magical wardrobe that transports them to the land of Narnia, a place ruled by an evil witch, where mythical creatures and talking animals exist.  It becomes their destiny to try and defeat the witch, as they join forces with Aslan, the lion God of Narnia.  In 2005, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was made into a movie that was a box office success.

‪The GWU Department of Theatre Arts is seeking performers to audition and is encouraging the public to get involved.

‪”We are looking for actors of all ages,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, director for the production, who also serves as assistant professor for GWU Theatre Arts. “There are various roles that include people, animals, and other creatures. We encourage actors from the community to audition. You don’t have to be a student or faculty member at Gardner-Webb to participate.”

‪Initial auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3-4 followed by callbacks Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 4-5.  If necessary, final auditions will carry over to Thursday, Feb. 6.  Performers need to indicate a range of time they would be available between 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 3 or 4.  When auditioning, actors should bring a 30 to 60 second monologue to perform.   If selected for a role, participants need to be committed to both evening performances, as well as three student matinees.

Those interested in auditioning can schedule a five-minute slot for initial tryouts by emailing Nelson at

‪GWU Instructor of Theatre and Technical Director Sue Fair, says the excitement is already building. “We’ve had overwhelming response from area schools to attend the matinee performances.  Our work is cut out for us to make this the best it can be, as we get the opportunity to perform in front of large audiences,” said Fair.

‪For more information about this production and GWU Theatre Arts is available at 704.406.2777.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University blends a liberal arts core curriculum with more than 55 specialized major and minor programs, a comprehensive academic experience that flows from our Christian commitment to intellectual freedom, service and leadership.