What a difference a movie makes. Five years ago the production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at the Dallas Children’s Theater would have sailed over the heads of many of the young children at the Saturday matinee I attended in the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, while a handful of their older brothers and sisters eagerly awaited key plot points from C.S. Lewis’ classic story to come alive on stage. But even the youngest children who attended the DCT’s adaptation of Lewis’ fairy tale about four children who pass through a wardrobe into a magical world of talking beasts, black magic, and a Christ-like lion were whispering to their parents in the rows around me: “Is that Aslan? Where’s Lucy? What happened to Mr. Tumnus?"
By Peter Simek