GTA for Young Audiences

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” –Plutarch

We believes that early theatre experiences foster a lifelong appreciation for the arts and strenghten communities through the exploration of the human condition. Unlike TV, movies, or computer games, theatre is alive. Live theatre combines literature with the magic of performance, awakening imaginations and encouraging critical thinking.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s Theatre for Young Audiences division, WonderQuest, strives to help educators facilitate the intellectual and cultural enrichment of young people using the transformational power of theatre arts. Our program is committed to igniting the creative spark within each of your students.

Our productions take place in Brenau University’s historic Pearce Auditorium, a 19th century opera house, for family audiences and over 7,000 students from schools throughout northeast Georgia. Performers interact with students after every performance. It is an experience like no other!

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

dramatized by Joseph Robinette from the story by C.S. Lewis

Oct 5, 6 & 11, 2023
9:30 & 11:30 am
Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium

WonderQuest presents the classic Narnia tale. That master of imaginative enchantment, C.S. Lewis, has created a unique world and he invites children to walk into it and enjoy both surprise and adventure.


Reservation/Cancellation Policy

Reservation requests will receive a confirmation within two business days. No money is due until September 1, and teachers may adjust their seat numbers until the final balance is due.

  • Unsecured reservations for groups of 10 or more are accepted until September 1.
  • A 50% deposit is due on September 1 to secure your reservation.
  • No refunds after September 1. Additional seats may be purchased while they last. Balances are due September 15.

Because limited seats are available, please update numbers (or cancel, if needed) in early August. This allows us to offer seats to other interested teachers.

Resources for Teachers

PLEASE NOTE: School matinees are available through pre-registration only. Teacher reservations are available for groups of 10 or more. We do not sell individual tickets for school matinees. To purchase tickets to public family performances, visit the current WonderQuest show page.

We provide multiple resources to help teachers enhance the educational experience.

Affordable, Age-Appropriate Experiences

Our productions are recommended for PreK-5th grade, but are enjoyed by theatre goers of all ages. Student matinee tickets are $6 and one free adult ticket is included with every 10 student tickets.

Risk-Free Reservations

We understand the difficulties involved in field trip planning. For that reason, we offer risk-free reservations to our school matinees, with the option to add or drop seats or cancel without penalty. Reserve seats for your students and pay nothing until September 1.

Free Study Guides

These full-color study guides make it easy for teachers to engage students with the story and characters, while addressing Georgia Performance Standards for core subjects. Study guides include discussion topics, writing suggestions, social studies pages, and science and math activities.

Performance Previews

The first 10 teachers to make reservations are eligible for a free performance preview. A costumed GTA representative will come to your classroom to talk about the literature behind the play, the author, and some of the backstage secrets that make the show come to life on stage.