Aslan (puppeteers Michael John Casey, Betsy Rosen, Tracy Ramsay) fights the White Witch (Morgann Rose) in The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe at Imagination Stage, with The Washington Ballet. Photo by Scott Suchman

Imagination Stage teamed up with The Washington Ballet to create a world premiere fusion of dance, theater, and puppetry in Imagination Stage’s summer production, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.

In this groundbreaking collaboration, based on the novel by C.S. Lewis, the roles of the four children are played jointly by an actor and a dancer, and the courageous lion Aslan is portrayed by a life-size puppet operated by three actor/puppeteers, similar to the puppets used in the Broadway production War Horse.

Guests were treated to a reception donated by Whole Foods Bethesda, backstage tours and opportunity to meet the actors.

The Producers attended a Producer’s Party hosted by the “Lion Ladies” and catered by Ridgewells.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 301-280-1660 or by visiting www.imaginationstage.org.