Students help to bring Narnia to life

Published: January 29, 2020

Telford College students have helped to create the sets for a live theatre performance of classic children’s story The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Drama group CentreStage has transformed St Andrew’s Church in Shifnal into a theatre for performances of the famous CS Lewis story on January 31 and February 1.

The play takes audiences to Narnia and tells the story of Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy and their classic tale of good versus evil.

Telford College business tutor Gavin Real, who is also involved with CentreStage, said: “The students have helped install the stage and sets, and also got involved with scenery painting

“The music and creative students have transformed the church into a theatre with the stage, lights, sound equipment and backdrops all going in over the past few days.”

Kemi Smallman, one of the Telford College students involved, said: “It’s a really interesting project to be part of.

Three of the students who have helped to create the sets, from left, Kemi Smallman, Emily Cartwright, and Chloe Evans | Telford College

Three of the students who have helped to create the sets, from left, Kemi Smallman, Emily Cartwright, and Chloe Evans | Telford College

“I want to go into events management as a career, and this has given me an insight into my career. It’s been a good work placement, and I’m excited to go backstage.”

Gavin added: “A true local production, we are partnering with as many local businesses as possible to provide costumes, lighting and stage equipment, refreshments.

“Eight Telford College students will be involved in the production on work experience to gain insight into sounds and lights mixing, event management, hospitality and backstage working.”

CentreStage is a youth-driven theatre group which provides life skills and training beyond that of a traditional drama group, including events and production management, budgeting and backstage skills.

Tickets are on sale for this show from St Andrew’s Church, Katrina’s in Shifnal or online at ticketsource.co.uk/centrestageshifnal