I loved the book and really enjoyed the production we saw in Melbourne many years ago, so my expectations were high.
The casting was delightful. Peter (Gareth Potter) was a great older brother, still a kid, but serious. Susan (Ruby Joy) was the perfect older sister. Edmund (Andre Morin) is the not quite evil one, easily seduced by Turkish Delight and the thought of being more important than his elder brother and sister. And Lucy (Sarah Farb) is the youngest who leads them all into the adventure and demands that they do the right thing. Anyone who does not love Mr Tumnus (Mike Nadajewski) is just grumpy. The same thing goes for Mr and Mrs Beaver (Steve Ross and Barbara Fulton).
Yanna McIntosh had a glorious time as the White Witch, plotting to destroy her enemy Aslan (Tom McCamus). He did a wonderful job manipulating the front end of the Lion puppet, supported by Colin Simmons at the back end. the White witch’s henchman, Maugrim (Brad Hodder) was deliciously evil.
The scenery and staging were magical.
My only complaint was with the pace, which I found a bit slow, perhaps a result of the need to move the scenery around so often. But the kids in the audience seemed to be enjoying it and for this production that is what really counts.