When Dennis Elkins was teaching in Tennessee, his minister was looking for a play that the congregation could do for Easter.
“We put our heads together and I said, ‘Let’s do a production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”’ I looked at several scripts and none of them appealed to me,” Elkins said. “Some were made to be realy cute-sy. And none of them had any real message really embedded in it that I could see.”
What Elkins decided to do was to write his own script.
“It wasn’t so much that my ego took over,” Elkins said, “but I thought it would be fun to do all these parts. I mean, here’s my chance to play all these characters all at the same time.”
So he developed his adaptation into a one-man show.
Elkins now teaches speech and public speaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where Troy Heard was studying for a master’s degree in directing. Heard is the artistic director of the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Co.
Heard was looking for a holiday show, and he rememberd Elkins’ play.
“Troy has not seen it,” Elkins said. “I was Troy’s professor here and I was looking for a venue to do it again. I like to bring it out of the closet every once in a while and dust it off.”
Heard said it’s true that he has not seen the play, but he’s read Elkins’ script.
“I’ve seen his other work and I had heard about this through other colleagues who have seen it,” Heard said. “They said it was thoroughly engaging.”
Whenever Heard tells people that he’s going to produce “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” he gets positive response, he said. “It’s a shame that it’s going to be one performance only.” But theater goers will get to meet Elkins at the reception after the show, which is a little over an hour long.
Elkins will be on stage with a chair and a wardrobe.