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JANUARY 8, 2014

Patrons of the Arts brings Narnia to Southeast Missouri with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis' enchanted world of Narnia will come to life in Sikeston, Dexter, and Poplar Bluff when the Imaginary Theatre Company performs The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as part of the 2013-2014 Patrons of the Arts season. The show will be performed at the Sikeston Field House on Saturday, January 18 at 2 p.m., the Dexter High School Auditorium on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m., and the Tinnin Fine Arts Center in Poplar Bluff on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.

"The Imaginary Theatre Company does an amazing job with the children's shows they present," said Bob Cook, Director of the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. "Their adaptations take beloved books and stories and make them come to life right there on the stage."

It is the first season that Three Rivers and the Patrons of the Arts have expanded performances beyond the Tinnin Center. The Patrons group is partnering with the Dexter Chamber of Commerce and the Sikeston Public School Foundation to bring performances to those cities. In addition to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the company will present The Tortoise and the Hare in all three cities in February.

Through the use of literature, folk tales, fairy tales, and new adaptations of classic works, the Imaginary Theatre Company provides the finest in theater for young theater-goers. The Company is part of the Repertory Theatre Company of St. Louis, and has previously performed children's shows in the 2012-2013 Patrons season.

"The audience response is always wonderful. Children and their parents truly enjoy these whimsical performances," said Cook.

Based off the first book in the classic Chronicles of Narnia series, the play follows Lucy into the darkness of an old wardrobe, as she steps into a secret world full of mystical creatures and an evil witch bent on ruling all. If she is ever to get back home, Lucy must band together with her siblings and their newfound friends to bring peace back to the enchanted world of Narnia.

Tickets can be purchased online at trcc.edu/tinnin. Tickets are also available at the the Dexter Chamber of Commerce and the Center at Dexter; the Sikeston Public School Foundation offices and the Center at Sikeston; and the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce and the Three Rivers College Financial Services Office.

For a study guide for this production or for more information about the Imaginary Theatre Company, visit repstl.org. For more information on upcoming Patrons of the Arts performances, including an Eagles Tribute Concert on March 27, and the Moscow Ballet on April 28, visit trcc.edu/tinnin.

Sponsors for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in Dexter are Bootheel Recycling, C. A. Walker Construction Inc., Edward Jones: Charlie Flannigan & Ben Worley, Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, First Midwest Bank, First National Bank, Holden Law Office, Mary E. Worley/Dexter Realty & Appraisal Services, The Metro Gallery, and Tyson Foods Inc. Sponsors in Sikeston are Scott and Karen Matthews, and the Sikeston Public Schools Foundation. Sponsors in Poplar Bluff are Kissinger & Kirkman Investment Centre.
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