TWO BY TWO…BY TWO BY TWO…BY 120! Yes, 120—that’s how many animals we need to fill our ark for the March 14-16, 2019 production of Noye’s Fludde. This will be the eleventh production of Noye’s Fludde at Christ Church, and its history is as rich as the history of the church itself. The first performance was in 1977 and was presented as a fundraiser for a pipe organ for our then-seven-year-old Sanctuary. Subsequent performances, including this one, have been presented as a way to build community within the church and to reach out to the community by presenting this production free of charge—carrying on a 42 year tradition!
So, what is Noye’s Fludde, exactly? It is a short 50-minute musical interpretation of the biblical story of Noah, written by Benjamin Britten in 1958 and based on a medieval Chester Miracle Play (which is why it’s spelled funny—it’s Old English). It was written to involve the whole church, either in the cast or orchestra, behind the scenes, or as an active audience participant during the production. Our last production in 2012 included more than 140 cast members and countless others behind the scenes, and played to full audiences over four nights. Most importantly, however, it is a great opportunity for you to be involved in a huge, fun, exciting, and rewarding part of not only our history but our future as well, as new generations participate in the story of God’s promises to his people. This can be an adventure for the whole family, from children to grandparents!
The animal chorus is open to kindergarteners through adults (ages 5 and up), and there is no audition necessary. All you need is a sense of adventure and a willingness to wear an animal on your head! There are also a few dancing and non-singing parts for childrenor youth as waves. Sign-ups will begin in the Gathering Space and online at christgreensboro.org/noahs-flood this Sunday, September 23—the sooner you sign up, the better chance you have of being your favorite animal! We will meet once in November, then once or twice weekly beginning in January through early March, until the week of the production (March 14-16). Full rehearsal schedules will be available at sign-up.
We also need “behind the scenes” people to help with the production, including an immediate need for a costume committee to help with cleaning and repairing the heads (many of which are more than 35 years old). If you want to help in other ways including set construction, cast coordination (i.e., child & adult care!), etc., please contact our production coordinator, Helen Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Cathy West (email@example.com). Based on the latest weather, now is a good time to reserve your spot on the ark!