There’s a whole new world coming to life inside the Texas Theater in downtown Waxahachie. P

hoenix Repertory Players has begun rehearsing a creative stage production of the C.S. Lewis beloved tale from the Chronicles of Narnia, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” which will be performed Nov. 14 through 17.

The local youth theatre company invites the community to come enjoy the magic as Lucy Pevensie (Lindsay Haley of Waxahachie) opens a charmed wardrobe into the fascinating world of Narnia, where unicorns and stags and beavers speak and dance.

The creatures have suffered under the power of the White Witch (Sarah Carr of Lancaster), who has made it always winter but never Christmas in Narnia.

The coming of Lucy and her siblings — Peter (Jackson Simmons of Waxahachie), Susan (Kelyn Perry of Milford) and Edmund (Ronin Beaver of Ovilla) — is a sign that the witch’s evil reign is about to be broken by the true King, Aslan (William Harllee of Dallas).

“Texas Theater feels like home to us! We are so excited to be able to transform this historic old theater into the magical world of Narnia,” said director Noelle Beaver. “As we perform for our wonderful community of Ellis County and all our friends and family, we hope this classic, powerful story of forgiveness and redemption will be the perfect way to begin the holiday season.”

Tickets are now on sale for five performances: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14; 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15; 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16; 7 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Advance ticket prices are $4 for matinees or groups of 10 or more; $5 for seniors and students at evening shows; and $7 for evening general admission.

Tickets may be purchased online at Tickets will also be available at the door for $8, as space permits.

As a special treat and fundraiser for this not-for-profit theater troupe, Father Christmas (Santa Chuck Lee) will be available for pictures before the evening and Sunday performances and after the Saturday matinee.

The company invites theatregoers to bring their cameras and their kids – and put a little something in Santa’s bag; all donations will go towards covering the costs of this and future productions of Phoenix Repertory Players. Please call 214-763-6752 for more information.