Brandon Beck, 14, Archbold, has one of the lead roles in the upcoming Archbold Community Theatre Production of “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.”
Beck plays the role of Peter in the fantasy adapted from the children’s book of the same name by British author C.S. Lewis.
It was published in 1950.
Peter is the eldest of four siblings who discover an old wardrobe, and through it, discover a land of magic and talking animals known as Narnia.
The other children are Lucy, the youngest, played by Molly Rutledge, 10, West Unity; Edmund, second youngest, played by Collin Westrick, 10, Wauseon; and Emma Bailey, 12, Defiance.
David Stuckey, Archbold, plays the evil wolf, the enforcer of the evil White Witch played by Chelsea Reecer, Wauseon.
Mason Stickley, Pettisville, plays Tummus the Faun, who greets Lucy when she first enters Narnia.
Kate Nofziger, Archbold, is the elf to Jason Westrick’s Father Christmas. Westrick is from Wauseon.
Jeff Patterson, plays the evil dwarf, while Meg Mello is the unicorn. Both are from Archbold.
Other animals and creatures are played by Mallory Beck, Sadie Hausch, Elsie Mello, Gage Nafziger, Tessa Nafziger, Lynne Stuckey and Jadelynn Whitacre, all of Archbold, and Edward Bialorucki, Ridgeville Corners.
In the story, the White Witch holds Narnia in her grasp in a never-ending winter, in which Christmas never comes.
The Great Lion, Aslan, played by Chris Harben, Wauseon, returns to reclaim the leadership of Narnia, and the children become involved in the struggle.
The story is described as one of love, faith, courage, and giving, with good triumphing over evil. It is a true celebration of life.
Steve Van Sickle directs, and is assisted by MacKenna Whitacre. Katy Corkle did the set design, and Bill Phelps leads set construction. All are from Archbold.
ACT presents “The Witch, The Lion and The Wardrobe” in the Archbold High School auditorium, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 11-12-13, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, July 14, at 2:30 pm.