Organisers of Nairnia 2008 are appealing for volunteers to help with the parade through the town.
The procession through Nairn will include the White Witch’s large war chariot, pulled by two burly polar bears, as well as new creations including a water dragon and a giant effigy of Aslan, the lion.
But volunteers are still needed to carry the new structures through Nairn High Street.
One of those behind the creations, Kay Smith, said: “The workshops in mask and costume with the 157 Primary seven pupils from Millbanks, Rosebank, Cawdor and Auldearn, who play Aslan and the White Witch’s armies are going well.
“And the community making workshops are producing some amazing results but the bigger the effigy the more people we require to carry them in the procession.”
The winter procession begins at the top of Nairn High Street at 5.45pm on Friday when the four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy appear from the wardrobe into the forest of Nairnia.
They will make their way up to Castle Square where the White Witch and her followers make their frozen entrance.
From there, the pace quickens as the four children are pursued towards the stage at the Courthouse, where Father Christmas and his reindeer help the provost of Nairnia begin the fight against the White Witch by bringing some welcome light back via the winter lights switch-on.
His sacrifice to save Edmund from a frozen death takes place on a stage in the grounds of the Royal Bank of Scotland and after Peter is persuaded to lead Aslan’s army against the forces of eternal winter by finding his heroic self, all proceed to the giant stage at Rosebank Square for the final battle, involving pyrotechnics, fire, sound and light.
The victorious children are crowned and the resultant celebration involving Nairn Belly Dance Group and the Gaelic Choir signals the end of hostilities and hopes for a peaceful future throughout Nairnia.
The project has received financial support from the Highland 2007 Legacy Fund, The Big Lottery’s Awards for All Fund and Highland Council’s Nairn discretionary budget.
If you are interested in taking part, then get in touch with Shona McDonald on 01463 703 618 or firstname.lastname@example.org