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Good and Evil Collide In ACT Show

Cast members for the ACT production of “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardobe,” a story about the magical land Narnia where animals talk, and good battles evil include, front row, from left: Elise Eberle, Elsie Mello, Collin Westrick, Audrey Strader, Molly Rutledge, Megan Mast, Emma Ferrell, Amelia Canales. Second row: Ryan Mooney, Mallory Beck, Ryan Clark, Bradon Beck, Emma Bailey, Betsy Harben, Chris Harben, Scott Reeb, Mason Stickley. Third row: Madelyn Westrick, Jadelynn Whitacre, Raegan Rutledge, Lynne Stuckey, Kate Nofziger, Tessa Nafziger, Samuel Myers, Austin Mann. Back row: Jeff Patterson, David Stuckey, Chelsea Reecer, Jason Westrick, Kyle Schwiebert, Edward Bialorucki.– courtesy photo

Cast members for the ACT production of “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardobe,” a story about the magical land Narnia where animals talk, and good battles evil include, front row, from left: Elise Eberle, Elsie Mello, Collin Westrick, Audrey Strader, Molly Rutledge, Megan Mast, Emma Ferrell, Amelia Canales. Second row: Ryan Mooney, Mallory Beck, Ryan Clark, Bradon Beck, Emma Bailey, Betsy Harben, Chris Harben, Scott Reeb, Mason Stickley. Third row: Madelyn Westrick, Jadelynn Whitacre, Raegan Rutledge, Lynne Stuckey, Kate Nofziger, Tessa Nafziger, Samuel Myers, Austin Mann. Back row: Jeff Patterson, David Stuckey, Chelsea Reecer, Jason Westrick, Kyle Schwiebert, Edward Bialorucki.– courtesy photo

The never-ending competition between good and evil is one of the topics of the next Archbold Community Theatre production.

ACT presents “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” starting Thursday, July 11.

“We are taking a departure from our typical summer musical to instead bring you this full-length, live-action production,” said Jason Westrick, both an actor in the show and a member of the ACT production committee.

“We know that not everyone may be a fan of musicals, but almost everyone can appreciate great storytelling, and C.S. Lewis does this like no other in his beloved classic tale of Narnia.

“You will be transported along with Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy through the wardrobe to a magical world full of castles and woods, where you will meet all sorts of talking animals and mythical creatures.”

Embedded into the story is a great deal of symbolism along with many positive themes and messages.

“It is about having faith when all seems lost, about having courage when the odds are stacked against you, about doing the right thing no matter what the cost,” Westrick said.

Molly Rutledge, 10, West Unity, and Mason Stickley, Pettisville, rehearse a scene from the Archbold Community Theatre production of “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.” The show will be performed on the stage in the Archbold High School auditorium Thursday, July 11, through Sunday, July 14.– courtesy photo

Molly Rutledge, 10, West Unity, and Mason Stickley, Pettisville, rehearse a scene from the Archbold Community Theatre production of “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.” The show will be performed on the stage in the Archbold High School auditorium Thursday, July 11, through Sunday, July 14.– courtesy photo

“Ultimately it is a story of self-sacrifice and redemption from our past mistakes.

“These lessons are birthed from scenes of deception, bitter betrayal, torture and intense combat.

“The constant tension between good and evil is prevalent from start to finish, and culminates with an on-stage battle of epic proportions.

“Another thing that truly makes this show unique is that it consists of an all-ages cast and therefore is sure to appeal to an all-ages audience.”

ACT presents “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 11-12-13, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, July 14, at 2:30 pm in the AHS auditorium.