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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment Th/s, On the Record By CI-M, RLIE MMtTIN NC News Service Columnist Waiting for a Star Written January 13, 1989 4" step is to Children's classic to premiere on 'Wonderworks' By HENRY HERX USCC Dept. of Communication NEW YORK (NC) -- Publish- ed in the years following World War II, "The Chronicles of Nar- nia" comprise a seven-volume series telling of the adventures of four children in the magic kingdom of Narnia. Written by British author C.S. Lewis, these fairy tales have achieved the status of a modern children's classic and have sold more than 20 million copies in the United States alone. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the first volume in "The Chronicles," has been turned into a three-part dramatization by BBC Televi- sion. It premieres on public television's family series "Wonderworks" Saturday, Jan. 14, 8-9 p.m. CST on PBS (WNIN-TV 9). Parts 2 and 3 air the following Saturdays, Jan. 21 and 28, in the same time period. Part 1 begins with the evacua- tion from World War II London of two brothers and two sisters who are quartered in the large country home of a kindly but overly busy professor. Explor- ing the attic one day, they come across an abandoned wardrobe and eventually learn its secret. Lucy is the first to learn that through the back of the war- drobe one can pass into the wintery kingdom of Narnia. There she meets a faun who tells her of the wicked White Witch who has turned Narnia into a land where it is "always winter and never Christmas." When Lucy returns, none will believe her tale until Ed- mund follows her through the wardrobe and, going off on his own, falls under the spell of the White Witch. Soon allfour join in exploring the wondarous world beyond the wardrobe. In Part 2, the children are befriended by Mr. and Mrs. Beaver who tell them that Aslan, the Lion King, has returned to save Narnia from its false ruler. Edmund slips away to betray their plans to the White Witch and Part 3 depicts the climactic battle pitting Asian and his allies against the Witch's army of demons. What makes this mostly live- action dramatization of a fairy tale work so well are the four youngsters in the role of'the children. Central here is Sophie Wilcox who gives a totally char- ming performance as the chubby-faced, wide-eyed Lucy whose most winning attribute is one of unforced, genuinely youthful innocence. Most of Narnia's mythical characters -- fauns, gnomes, dryads, centaurs, talking animals, among others h are played by costumed actors in quite acceptable fairy tale fashion. The use of animation in certain sequences, unfor- tunately, does not mesh easily with the rest of the work's con- vention of live-action fantasy. For most yo'ungsters, however, such a reservation is only quibbling about a first-rate children's story that has been visualized in a vivid, involving manner. Nor will parents mind a few flaws in this dramatiza- tion of a fairy tale written by a committed Christian author. Quite successful simply as imaginative fantasy, "The Lion, the Witch and the War- drobe" has levels of Christian significance for those who care to pursue them. Central here is the figure of Asian, the King and Savior of Narnia, who allows himself to be killed as a sacrifice and returns from death to enable "the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve" to vanquish evil. Four adventuresome children are the central characters in "The Lion, the Witch and the War- drobe," the first volume in "The Chronicles of Narnia" which airs this month on WNIN-TV 9 (PBS). -- Photo courtesy of WNIN-TV 9 Religious broadcasting highliglht ; The following religious broadcasting highlights were compiled from information supplied to the Message office. Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and Monday-Friday, 5 p.m, (WVHI, 1330 AM, Evansville) "Living His Word." Bible teaching with Ann Grias. Every Saturday, 11 a.m. (WIKY, 104 FM/1400 AM, Evansville) "Religion in the News." Co-sponsored by the Diocese of Evansville. Every Sunday, 7-7:30 a.m. (WBDC, 100.9 FM, Huntingburg-Jasper) "Country Roads." A Paulist production, the program features Father Joe Brigner relating music to every- day life. Every Sunday, 9 a.m. [WBDC, 100.9 FM Huntingburg-Jasper) "Religion in the News." Provided by the Indiana Council of Churches, this 15-minute news show deals with current events. Every Sunday, 10-10:30 a.m. (WITZ, 990 AM, Jasper) "Crossroads." A weekly half- hour program from the Pas- sionist Radio and Television Centre. Every Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. (WVHI, 1330 AM, Evansville) and 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. (WJJN, 118o AM, Newburgh) "Daily Bread." Daily prayerful scripture teachings based on the daily Mass readings by Father A1 Lauer, a Catholic priest from Cincinnati. Every Sunday, 6 a.m. (WBDC, 100.9 FM, Huntingburg-Jasper) "The Rosary." Produced by the diocesan Evangelization Office , and financed by the Jasper and Huntingburg Knights of Columbus. Every Sunday, 10-10:30 a.m. (WNIN-TV 9, Evansville)  "Catholic Mass." Every Monday, 6:30-7 p.m. (Evansville Cable TV Channel 6) "Message of Evangeliza- tion" The program is sponsored by the diocesan Evangelization Office. , to:spend me Feel so strong about Is there are all around xp your heart/Is like trying to sex happen? ,, there is little basis on which to establish a love you, baby/It The person in Waiting for a Star to Fall" romance. are. faces that question. The song is the debut chart hit if the other accepts your invitation to be star to fall for Boy Meets Girl. friends, strengthen e relationship by becoming a arms I liked the song the first time I heard it over good listener. Discover the other person s joys and you belong in my arms, my car radio. The g: oup's exciting musical style sorrows. Respond caringly. No matter how popular baby, yeah likely will lea to atlditional success. a person might be, a caring friendship is a treasure Waiting for a star to fall The song,s story is the familiar scenario of a that most people value. To carry,your heart into my arms one-sided desire for romance. The guy has fallen Avoid society's "one and only" concept. No That's where you belong in my arms, deeply in love -- or deeply into infatuation, matter how infatuated you might become, there is baby, yeah Naturally he wonders how to "catch" the girl's no one person who holds the key to your future I learn to feel what I cannot see/But with you heart, happiness. I lose that vision/I don't know how to dream your He sees himself as one of many people who At times, falling in love seems as magical as dreams/So I walk alone in my superstiflon/I want love her, And he wonders how he can become her wanting to catch a falling star, Yet, the real magic to reach out and pull you to me/Who says that I primary dating interest ..... occurs in learning to love gradually. Give another should let you go free/Trying to catch your What is the best approach? The guy inthe the freedom, respect and caring that enable ve to " heart/Is like trying to catch a star/I can't love you song chooses to wait and hope. He dreams that he endure. this much, baby/And love you from this far. is "waiting for a star to fall to carry your heart into REPEAT REFRAIN my arms." Your comments are welcome always. Please Waiting/I don't like,waiting/It's so hard While wishing and fantasy add to the romantic address them to Charlie Martin, R.R.: 3. Box !82, waitinglSems like waiting/Makes me love you theme in the story, several other steps might be Rockport, Ind. 47635, " even more. more effective in bringing him to his goal. Copyright {c) 1989 by NC News Service