Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy Proudly Presents: NARNIA

NARNIA, based on the beloved classic by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, will transport audiences February 21-22 at the Bangor Opera House. Part of Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy series, the production will feature 27 local students ages 4 – 13, directed by teaching artist Ben Layman. Throughout the academic year, Dramatic Academy offers three sessions of youth classes, each culminating in a final performance on the company’s main stage. For the 2013-2014 season, each production is an adaptation of a piece of children’s literature.

PTC Dramatic Academy presents NARNIA Feb 21 - 23.

PTC Dramatic Academy presents NARNIA Feb 21 – 23.

 

D.A. Teaching Artist and Director of NARNIA, Ben Layman. (Photo courtesy of Studio 36 JLR Photography)

D.A. Teaching Artist and Director of NARNIA, Ben Layman. (Photo courtesy of Studio 36 JLR Photography)

“My journey with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe began as many children’s,” said director Ben Layman. My mother first read it to me chapter by chapter at bedtime, and as I got older, I reread it many times. But the story became real for me when a troupe of touring performers brought the world of Narnia alive in my middle-school gymnasium. That performance has stuck with me even into adulthood. Now, some 20 years later, I have the privilege of guiding Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy students in creating the magic of Narnia and sharing its magic with audience members who will experience the story for the first time, or in a whole new way.”

NARNIA will feature the following Dramatic Academy students:

  • Teaching Assistants: Logan Bard (Bangor) and Macey Jennings (Bangor)
  • Tiny Thespians: Walker Bayless (Bangor), Ferris Bard (Bangor), Charlotte Hautala (Bangor), Cami Layman (Hampden)
  • Youth Troupe: Tala Bayless (Bangor), Kobe Hooper (Bangor), Quinn Bard (Bangor), Sophia Mullins (Bangor), Anna Kemble (Bangor), Jack Moring (Bangor), Jojo Picone (Bangor), Molly Hagerty (Bangor), Connor Plante (Charleston), Rebeclyn Parker (Dexter), Rachel Palmer (Winterport), Emma Campbell (Winterport), Nathan Manaker (Orono), Noam Osher (Orono), Zivi Osher (Orono), Harry Burns (Orono), Byron Sockalexis (Indian Island), Ellie McDonald-Darby (Milford), Ian Eskesen (Hampden), Thea Bowden (Hampden), Andrew Barrett (Hampden), Lana Sabbagh (Brewer), Claire McBride (Milo)
"Aslan" in progress. Specialty make up and costume design/construction by Elaine Bard.

“Aslan” in progress. Specialty make up and costume design/construction by Elaine Bard.

WHO:            Penobscot Theatre Company Dramatic Academy

WHAT:           Narnia

WHEN:          February 21 & 22 at 6 p.m.

                      February 22 at 3 p.m.

WHERE:        The Bangor Opera House

HOW:             Purchase tickets online at penobscottheatre.org or 207-942-3333

                       Adult tickets: $12

                       Children: $8

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About Amy Roeder

Director of Education – Amy Roeder is pleased to be joining the staff at PTC. Amy received her BFA in theatre from the University of Evansville and her Master of Fine Arts in acting from The University of Georgia. She recently relocated to Bangor from Chicago where she taught and performed with famed comedy institution The Second City. Local audiences may have seen her onstage with Improv Acadia in Bar Harbor where she has been a company member since 2005. Amy has performed all over the country including at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park and with the Improv Asylum in Boston. In addition to teaching acting and improvisation classes all over the world, Amy is also designs and facilitates workshops in improvisational techniques for businesses. Amy hates writing in the third person.