To kick off our new blog, we’ve got an interview with Linda Connor, the director of our current production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Linda brings a wealth of experience to the group in both directing and performing, and we’re all excited to see her latest directing venture come to life!
How long have you been in Centre Stage?
I have been in Centre Stage for 23 years which means I have been involved, in one way or another, with over 50 shows.
You’ve directed quite a few shows for us as well as performing, which one has been your favourite to direct?
I loved directing “The Railway Children”, but my all-time favourite is probably “Improbable Fiction” by Alan Ayckbourn.
So what made you want to direct The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe?
I read the story to my children when they were young, so it brings back very fond memories. There is no pantomime this year so a family show seemed a good choice.
What do you think will be the main challenges with this show?
There are some quite complicated special effects in the show for which I will be very dependent on the stage and lighting crew. There will also be some interesting costume challenges as many of the cast are animals or strange creatures.
What can audiences expect? Why should they come and see it?
Many of our audience will already know the story of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and the stage version stays pretty close to the original. For those who have not come across it before, the play follows four children on a magical journey into the snow-covered land of Narnia where the forces of good and evil are locked in battle. It should appeal to both adults and school age children alike. (Probably too scary for the under 5s)
Most importantly…will there be snow?
There will DEFINITIVELY be snow.
You heard it here first folks. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for details on how to book tickets for this magical family adventure, there’s snow way you’ll want to miss it. (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)