Reviving a Revival?


After months of practice, scholars proudly perform the story of Narinia in front of their parents and peers.

Samantha McGill and Hunter Vann

Narnia returned to the stage after eight years of hiatus, last produced the weekend of April 28th and 29th. After a long wait, the production of Narnia was seen by scholars, staff, and family. “I was in the original Narnia when I was a little girl. I played a snow fairy so it was very cool to be a lead in the second one. Narnia was very special to me because I played a background character in the first showings but now that I’m older I had the wonderful opportunity to play a lead!” Chloe Romaniello, a tenth grader playing the role of Susan, explained about her joy leading up to the show and the nostalgia surrounding it. Because of the cancellation of the first show due to the weather, OSOTA decided in an email that morning, “We are going to cancel our showing of Narnia tonight and schedule instead a rehearsal today.”  Susan, played by Chloe Romaniello, said this about the announcement, “I was really disappointed because we had worked really hard and we were losing a chance to perform on stage together as a cast. On the bright side, we did get a little more practice to really make the show a hit!” After the storm, cast members came together, punching through the setback and rehearsing further to take this as an opportunity to make an even better show come to life.

The crowd cheered each performance for the revival of Aslan, the savior of the show, often stopping the show for a few minutes just to hear the elation within the crowd. “When I saw Aslan come out after his death, I felt cheerful. The whole crowd was full of joy as they hyped him up,” said Samantha Lackzo, 10th grade. 

Ella Sallamy, a member of the makeup team, passionately displayed her opinion of the show, “I would say it was successful. I got a lot of positive reviews on the make-up we did and how the actors performed.” After the three performances, scholars are thus far seen about campus singing the songs or dancing a few of the dance moves to their favorite numbers. This show held some sentimental value that is carried by scholars such as Chloe Romaniello, “I remember the last show of Narnia we did! It was a much smaller production and there were even teachers involved. It wasn’t nearly as professional or extravagant as the 2023 show. I am so blessed that I got the opportunity to do it again and, in a way, relive my childhood.” Perhaps once again we will see The Days Dance By, just as the four children sang off to show the passing of time, and come back to the wardrobe for another performance of Narnia some time in the next several years with even more improvements to the Theatre Department.