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'The Chronicles of Narnia's Prince Caspian' coming to Bluefield College

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Bluefield College Youth Theatre will present the classic C.S. Lewis fantasy The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8.

Performances of the fantasy adventure based on the classic novel by C.S. Lewis will begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. All shows will take place inside Harman Chapel's Performing Arts Center. Admission for each performance will be $10 for adults and $5 for non-BC students and senior citizens.

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a follow up performance to Bluefield Youth Theatre's 2014 production of The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

“People just keep asking us if we are going to do the whole Chronicles of Narnia series,” said Charles M. Reese, artistic director for Bluefield Youth Theatre (BYT). “I guess it's a possibility. We just have to see how much interest there is for further productions. This one seemed a natural choice, since it's so action-packed and exciting. Our kids love stage combat, and there is a lot in Prince Caspian.”

The kids that make up the cast for Prince Caspian include BYT Chronicles of Narnia veterans Isaac Hodge as Peter Pevensie, Kathryn Yates as Susan Pevensie, Brian Fisher as Edmund Pevensie, and Kylie Bower as Lucy Pevensie. All four locals played the roles of the Pevensie siblings in the 2014 Narnia production. Bluefield Youth Theatre regular Noah Jennings returns to play the role of the usurped Prince Caspian.

Other cast members include Anthony Maranto as the lion, Aslan; Jacob Stowers as the dwarf, Trumpkin; Nick King as the dwarf, Nikabrik; and Halea Fowler as Trufflehunter. Bluefield College theatre alumnus Bobby Hall returns to the BC stage to play the villainous King Miraz, while Reese plays Caspian's mentor, Doctor Cornelius. Christian Yates plays Reepicheep, Alexandra Stout plays Bruenna, Ethan Stout plays Pattertwig, Layton Romano plays Camillo, Laurel Romano plays Raven, Caitri Sylvain plays Hogglestock, and Katy Priest plays Glenstorm.

Wrapping up the Caspian cast are local youth Grace Maranto, Libby Stevens, Mary Jones, Cassidy Davis, Claire Fisher, and BC students Matthew Newman, Jordan Davis, Heather Sharp, Virginia Bird, Kara Neal, and Megan Moore. The “action-packed” stage combat Reese spoke of is choreographed by Bluefield College theatre alumna Jennifer Bohannan.

“Jennifer does a great job with our combat,” said Reese, “and the actors and the audience seem to eat it up.”

Prince Caspian is set in the enchanted land of Narnia. It tells the story of a young prince named Caspian, the rightful king of the land who has been denied his throne by his evil uncle, Miraz. With the help of the inhabitants of Narnia and with magical help from the lion, Aslan, and the Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, he is able to reclaim his throne and rid Narnia of Miraz.

Bluefield Youth Theatre at Bluefield College began in the fall of 2007 when dozens of local youth responded to a call for auditions for the production of Treasure Island, a performance that would become one of BC Theatre's largest and most popular ever. From that event, the vision was born to create a theatre company designed specifically for training and performance experience for the youth and children of the two Virginias.

In December of 2007, the concept came to fruition with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the pilot production of Bluefield Youth Theatre. Since then, the group has staged 15 additional productions, including two repeat performances of Best Christmas Pageant, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; The Adventures of Robin Hood; Oliver Twist; Charlotte's Web; Arthur at Merlin's King's Academy; A Christmas Carol; Jungle Book; Aladdin; Peter Pan; Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Mulan; The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree; and now Narnia: Prince Caspian. During those seven-plus years, more than 100 children have performed on the BC stage for audiences of more than 10,000.

For more information about Prince Caspian or other Bluefield Youth Theatre productions, contact the BC Theatre Department by e-mail at creese@bluefield.edu or by phone at 276-326-4244 or 276-326-4213.

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