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GIS 2024 Production: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Aslan in GIS' school play "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,

At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,

When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,

And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This year, the Visual and Performing Arts Program at Grace International School performed the stage play “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” taken from the popular children’s story written by C.S. Lewis from April 5th – 7th in the GIS cafeteria. The theatrical production is organized every year by like-minded staff and parents who put in extra time to create and perform a story together. Over the course of many months, these people work together on deciding on a story and script, delegating responsibilities (lighting, stage, props, crimes, costumes, make-up and hair, etc.), holding an audition for the performing cast, and leading rehearsals. When all the elements come together, it truly becomes a magical experience for both the production crew and the audience.  

It was the first performing on-stage performance for many of the student cast, but under the guidance of directors Mike Wood and Elizabeth Weber, they were able to grow as actors and bring out their best. The result of their four months of hard work was 800 tickets sold—the most amount of tickets sold in GIS history! Jonas Wong (10th grade) says, “I enjoyed being a part of the school play. It was challenging, but I adapted to my role.” While Amy den Butter (8th grade) says, “I really enjoyed building relationships with my co-actors. The whole concept of being able to build and get into your character was a very fun experience!”

The production wouldn’t be such a huge success without the behind-the-scenes help from the amazing people in the GIS community. We thank all of our staff who spent large blocks of time outside their working hours to make this production possible: Liz Keiling for coordinating the props, costumes, hair, and makeup; Daniel Douthit and Supakit Chiangkhong (Khun Benz) for managing the lighting, sound, and special effects; Kristen Frantz for managing the finances to keep the production on the budget for all the orders and expenditures. Also, a huge shout-out to the many students who helped behind the stage with concessions and ticket sales and the parents who provided many of the props that were needed.