We recently dropped in on rehearsal for the world premiere of the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – the classic story, told through dance. Choreographer Randy James has created a modern interpretation of C. S. Lewis’s tale of children leaving World War Two-era England for the magical and mythic world of Narnia, which is accessible through a mysterious wardrobe in the country home of a relative. In Narnia, they meet many characters – from Aslan the lion to the evil White Witch. For this project, which James has been developing since 1998, he recruited beyond his all-male group 10 Hairy Legs. Dancer Monica Gonzalez (pictured below) plays the role of Lucy – the young hero of the story.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe runs this weekend at NJPAC.

Our segment on the project will air Sunday, 2/21.