Walking through the wardrobe

Daily Journal staff reports

Theater lovers can see young thespians on stage this weekend.

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Community High School, 2600 Cumberland Drive.

Director Courtney Burke tells you what you need to know about the show.

» How much are tickets?

Tickets are $8, $10, and $12 depending on how close you sit to the stage.» How many students are involved?There are about 55 students involved between the cast and crew. There are also students from Custer Baker Intermediate School and Franklin Community Middle School participating as part of the cast this year.

» Why did you choose this play?

I wanted to pick a show that I could connect kids in the community to. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” was a perfect fit to spark the interest of all ages.

» What is your favorite scene to direct?

The scenes with all of the forest animals and the witch’s army members are fun to direct because many of the younger kids have never performed before. I enjoy watching them grow throughout the process and become better on stage.

» How are you connecting to elementary school students?

Earlier this year, the FCHS Drama Club purchased the book for each of the third- and fourth-grade classrooms in the school district. They have all been reading the book in their classes, doing activities surrounding the book, and will also get to come to a preview show at the high school Wednesday. This will be a free field trip for them.

» What do you want audiences to get from the play?

This is a fun, exciting play but has so much deeper meaning than some may know. I hope we are able to portray that more meaningful story to our audiences.