Noah opened this weekend, recouping around $90 million of the $125 million Paramount spent to bring the biblically inspired epic to life. While the Kempsville Christian Church’s budget of $16,000 for its Easter drama, Lift Him Up, is much more modest, ticket sales will recoup none of the cash invested. The show is presented free of charge and open to the public.
“We don’t do it to make money but to introduce people to Christ,” says Michael Applebee, a member and former cast member. “Success is measured in souls saved.”
Creating a multi-story set that wraps around the 500 seat auditorium was not just costly but also required hundreds of volunteer man hours and a generous dollop of creative genius.
“George (McCormic) knows historical accuracy,” confides architect and builder Bill East. “I figure out how to get it up, down and stored for another year.”
The show opens Saturday, April 12 at 7 pm. Additional shows will run on the 13th, 18th, 19th, and 20th plus an attended dress rehearsal on April 5th to accommodate large groups of audience members in wheelchairs or who do not drive at night. Contact Kempsville Christian Church at 490-3925 or visit their website for details and directions.