A MUSICAL adaptation of CS Lewis’ famous children’s classic, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will be staged by final year students from Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) and Kokoro, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed new music ensemble.

In this timeless story, four children step through a wardrobe into a frozen world, which is under the spell of the formidable White Witch.

BA (Hons) acting students will bring these well-loved characters to life and BA (Hons) make-up for media and performance and BA (Hons) costume and performance design students will transform the cast into mythical beasts and wicked foes. Costume students Ynna Ramirez and Ella Turvey have created over 50 costumes especially for the show.

The set is designed by costume student Tish Mantripp, and is made with natural materials. Inspired by working with internationally renowned puppetry company Green Ginger, Performance design students have also created a number of puppets for the performance, bringing the number of characters and actors combined to 91. Aslan himself will be played by a puppet created by Hatti Gadd, that will be manipulated by three actors.

Course leader for AUB’s BA (Hons) acting course Katharine Piercey said: “Working on a show like this, alongside professional musicians, gives our students a real insight into what it is like to work on a professional production. This kind of collaboration is one of the ways that we ensure our students are ready for life after university.”

Vice Chancellor and Principal at AUB, Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE, said: “This production represents a special collaboration between Kokoro and Arts University Bournemouth. We are pleased to be the Academic Partner of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as our students learn a great deal from working with these talented musicians. We are looking forward to welcoming audiences to what promises to be a memorable production.”

* The production runs at Lighthouse Poole from May 9 – 11. Age guidance 6+. To book, visit lighthousepoole.co.uk or call 01202 280000.