As a C.S. Lewis fan, I felt incredibly blessed last night to be invited to the press preview of The Horse and His Boy by Trumpets. Traffic was extra horrendous so I missed about 15 minutes of the show. Good thing they remained faithful to the book so when I got there, Shasta, Aravis, Bree, and Hwin had just entered Calormen. Their adventure was just about to begin.
The cast was splendid. The acting, the singing, the pace of the story were all so exceptionally executed as expected. I especially enjoyed the ones that played the animals, Aslan, Bree, Hwin, Mr. Tumnus, and Sallowpad. Great animal sounds and gestures.
But what really surprised me, in the most pleasant way, was that the set design, costumes, and props are good enough for an international run.
I don’t mean to sound like a self-loathing Filipino but the sad fact is that live theatre doesn’t get as much love as cinema here. Hence, the usual budgetary issues.
But as a nation, we never really let something as trivial as money to get in the way of our art. As Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis’s stepson and head of the C.S. Lewis Company said, “We can take anything and make it ugly. Filipinos can take anything and make it beautiful.” (He also mentioned, to everyone’s delight, that talks are ongoing to bring ‘The Silver Chair’ to cinemas!)
If you enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia movies or books or you just enjoy excellent live theatre, go and see The Horse and His Boy by Trumpets. It’s one heck of an #EpicRide.
I can’t write about C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia without mentioning what the books and Aslan mean to me. I’d like to share my favorite line from the The Horse and His Boy: “Don’t you dare not to dare.”
It’s exactly what Aslan, or as we know Him in our world, Jesus Christ invites us to do: dare. Dare to go to Him, dare to reach out to Him, dare to speak to Him.
Ask. Seek. Knock.