Originally created 05/15/98

'Roar of Love' production puts artistic twist on C.S. Lewis' story



It's pouring rain, and Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy are forced to stay inside their uncle's house in the English countryside, playing hide-and-seek.

Lucy hides from her siblings in a wardrobe in the attic. She presses through the back and tumbles into the magical land of Narnia.

You can journey with her tonight and Saturday night at the Augusta Dance Theatre's ballet production of Roar of Love, based on the C.S. Lewis story The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

The book was adapted by the troupe's artistic director, Ron Jones, and his wife, Kathleen, the associate director. The 130-member cast for the classical/contemporary ballet includes dancers age 3 to adult and was choreographed by Mr. Jones. It's the 13th year for the production. The book has been a favorite of the couple since Mr. Jones gave a copy to his wife while they were dating.

In Narnia, Lucy finds a land covered with ice and snow. She meets a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and they have tea. She tumbles back through the wardrobe, tells her brothers and sisters all about her big adventure. But they think she's been reading too much Alice in Wonderland.

They tell her she hasn't gone through a looking glass. To prove herself not to be a liar -- "she's never told lies in her life," says Mr. Jones, Lucy takes her brothers and sisters to Narnia.

It's snowing in Narnia because the land is under the power of the White Witch."Under her power it's always winter but never Christmas," Mr. Jones says.

The rightful king, Aslan the lion, returns and his breath melts the ice. Eventually, the evil witch is destroyed. The children are crowned kings and queens. But then one day they tumble back through the wardrobe. They're children again, and no time has passed, Mr. Jones says.

"When you leave you're so elated because you've gone somewhere you're thankful for having gone," Mr. Jones says. "It's such a renewing thing."

THE WHITE WITCH -- -- Adrienne Poarch, Lauren Weber

PETER -- Stephen Jones, Brad Green

SUSAN -- Amy Jones, Kathryn Goldsmith

EDMUND -- George Doss, David Keesee

LUCY -- Jessica Randolph, Abby Wood

PENELOPE THE CAT -- Carissa Dickson, Charlene Lioi

On stage

What: Roar of Love

Where: The Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.

When: 8 tonight and Saturday night

How much: $10 for adults and $7.50 for students and senior citizens

Tickets: On sale at the Georgia Bank & Trust, 4109 Columbia Road. 863-2583