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Noah, Jesus on screen and on stage

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Noah released in theaters today. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, who garnered five Oscar nominations for Black Swan, the film is a fictional depiction of the story in Genesis rather than a literal version of the account in the Bible.

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In contrast, Life Him Up, produced by the Kempsville Christian Church in Virginia Beach, is a literal depiction of the life of Jesus. Keeping things literal brings its own set of challenges.

The script writing process began in December of 2012 with a committee that sifted through the copious amounts of information about the son of God in the Bible and finished with a ninety minute script.

“Dan Kline (the worship minister at the Kempsville Christian Church) is the music expert and I, in conjunction with others, wrote the dialogue,” says George McCormic. McCormic also played a big part in designing and constructing the set. In addition, he has a major onstage role as the Apostle John.

“One of the biggest challenges is making it (the play) different without changing the words in the Bible,” states McCormic. Some of this was accomplished by redesigning the set for scenes that had been presented in the past.

The show starts at 7 pm on April 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, and 20th at the Kempsville Christian Church. Check the website for details and directions or call 490-3925. Admission is free and open to the public but seating is limited on a first come, first served basis.

Check out previous articles featuring free resources about Noah, spring teaching materials and Easter parables 1 & 2.

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