Epic play, “The Story of Noah,” enters final weekend

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Noah’s story has been a popular theme for productions and sermons for years. The recent movie is the most well known version, but there’s another take on this story. It’s a non-stop play that’s wonderfully put together, incredibly acted, and chillingly realistic.

 

THIS WEEKEND, APRIL 25 and 26 is the FINAL WEEKEND

 

Entitled “The Story Of Noah,” the play uses a cast of one hundred live animals and two hundred people on the 250-foot panoramic stage of the Cattleman’s Arena in Wauchula, Florida. Tickets give admittance not only to the play but also to the pre-show event, “Pictures Of Freedom,” that starts at seven. The pre-show honors the greatest civil and military accomplishments of our country – from Martin Luther King’s historic walk to the return of a soldier to his family – and brought many in the audience to tears.

 

The play begins by introducing some of the main characters and groups in the play – Noah, the builder of the ark; Sarah his wife; Noah’s sons, and their wives; and the Nephilim. Noah is an old man, but willing to take on the potentially dangerous task that God charges him with. Sarah, and the rest of the family, aren’t sure that their patriarch is in his right mind, but they are determined to stay with him. The Nephilim are portrayed as the ruthless barbarian people that rule the area of the wicked world Noah lives in.

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All performances are interpreted for the deaf. Prices of tickets vary between seventeen and twenty-one dollars. The play is in its FINAL WEEKEND, which means you only have one more chance to experience it! 

 

The play starts at 7:30 p.m. and lasts about three hours, but there is a break between acts one and two of the production. Outside the arena is a food court that includes caterers from Beef O’ Brady’s and a gift shop where official soundtracks and DVD recordings of previous plays can be purchased. (more information)

 

Power & Light Productions gave the awe-inspiring “Story Of Jesus” to the nation and received national acclaim in return. “The Story Of Noah” is equally amazing, but not just because of the storyline and scenery. Raw emotions, from heartbreak to elation and hate to mercy, are shown by the entire cast, even by the characters without major parts in the course of the play. In the dark and troubled times that this world is suffering, Noah’s story may be the key to changing hearts and minds throughout the entire nation.

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Roberta Pliscott told me afterward, “Power & Light Productions, The Story of Noah, was an amazing experience for me! I went to see ‘Noah’, the movie, the week before, but prefer the play because, to me, it was more accurate Biblically, and the directors stay true to the spirit and message of the story. Everything… the acting, costumes, sound, props and lighting were excellent! I would recommend that everyone should try to see it!”

 

Skipper Calder, pastor at Cowboy-Up Ministries, has had the honor this year of performing at the play’s end. Riding a white horse, he and four other riders represent, respectively, Jesus and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

 

I was able to ask Mr. Calder a few questions. The first was: Why do you think the Story of Noah is still an important story – or isn’t it? He responded, “The Story of Noah is real as the Bible. People were sinful beyond imagination. God destroyed the world because of the sin. The world is in the same shape today.” I also asked about the kind of response he hoped people would have to the play, and he answered that he prayed that people would look toward God instead of self-centered desires. As to the thing that he wants people to remember most about the play — “One day there will be another judgment. The only way to be ready is to be focused on the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.”

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Overall, the play is family-friendly but includes a few moments that may not be suitable for youngest audiences. The play has dramatic special effects, including fireworks, loud noises such as thunder, and unpredictably flashing lights. There are also several scenes in which murder and death is implied, but the actions are not graphic. Some may think that such scenes are inappropriate, but Noah lived in a world that was wicked enough that God Himself wanted to destroy all life. While the scenes do portray the evil in the world, they are appropriate for most viewers.

 

For more information visit the play website here.

 

 

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Reporter, Robyn Pliscott, writes news and media reviews for The Brandon Beacon.  

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