Noah’s FloodNoa's Flood
- Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8 pm
- Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Depicting the biblical story of Noah’s flood, Britten’s opera begins as the
Voice of God addresses Noah, announcing the forthcoming destruction of the
sinful world. He commands Noah to build an Ark to provide salvation for him
and his family. Agreeing with God, he calls upon his family to gather the
necessary materials and begin work building the ark. While Noah and his family
are hard at work, Mrs. Noah and the town gossips mock his vision of God and
the work he was commissioned to do.
When the ark is completed, Noah tries to persuade his wife to board the ark,
which leads to an argument. Once again, Noah hears the Voice of God, foretelling
him of the impending forty days and forty nights of rain and the cataclysmic
flood to follow, and instructs him to fill the ark with animals of every kind. As
the animals arrive, two by two, Noah’s sons and their wives provide commentary
of the animal’s arrival. Again, Mrs. Noah and the Gossips continue to mock,
refusing to board the ark. Finally, Mrs. Noah is dragged aboard by her sons.
As the rain falls and the storm swells to a great height, the first verse of the
naval hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” is heard from the ark. The audience
joins in the second and third verses of the hymn, during which the storm
gradually subsides. Once the storm subsides and the seas are calm, Noah sends
a raven out to locate dry land. When the raven does not return, Noah realizes
there is dry land nearby. Soon a dove appears with an olive branch clutched in
its beak, and the family accepts it as a sign of deliverance, and Noah thanks
Soon the Voice of God instructs everyone to leave the ark, setting the
animals free. As they depart, the animals sing their Halleluias, as the people
respond in kind. God promises to never destroy the Earth again with flood
waters, and creates a rainbow in the sky as his reward & promise. Noah’s family
departs to their new lives, leaving Noah alone as God gives Noah his blessings
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The Voice of God
CAST OF CHARACTERS
|Mrs. Noah||Suzanne Hendrix|
|The Voice of God||Andrew Hernandez|
|Sem, Noah’s Son||Evan Schelton|
|Mrs. Sem, Sem’s Wife||Skyler Dykes|
|Ham, Noah’s Son||Daniel Carney, Jr.|
|Mrs. Ham, Ham’s Wife||Lauren Dowell|
|Jaffett, Noah’s son||Hayden Kalp|
|Mrs. Jaffett, Jaffett’s Wife||Maria José Fabara|
|Raven (Dancer)||Emma Griffin|
|Dove (Dancer)||Hannah Griffin|
|The Gossips, friends of Mrs. Noah||Brittany Jeffery, Renee Macdonald|
Carter Tholl, Danielle Wilson
|Includes a childrens chorus as the parade of animals.|
What to Expect
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Before the Opera
Where to Stay
If you are visiting Wichita from out of town, we suggest staying at one of these recommended hotels.
Clarion Inn Wichita Airport
- 5500 W Kellogg Dr,
Wichita, KS 67209 get directions
Where to Eat
Downtown Wichita and the nearby Delano District provide many dining options to enhance your opera experience. Concessions are also available at the opera.
Except as noted, Wichita Grand Opera performs in the Century II Performing Arts Center in downtown Wichita.
Century II Performing Arts Center
225 W. Douglas Ave. Wichita, KS 67202
Seating (Including for Disabled Patrons)
To comply with ADA requirements, the following seats are reserved for our handicapped patrons:
On House Right, Seating is available at:
- Row M, Seats 123 & 124 (Best seating – $85 per seat)
- Row S, Seats 124 & 125 (Better seating – $58 per seat)
- Row KK, Seats 101-106 (Better seating $58 per seat) – Promenade Box
- Row LL, Seats 107-112 (Good seating, $37 per seat) – Promenade Box
On House Left, Seating is available at:
- Row M, Seats 22 & 23 (Best Seating – $85 per seat)
- Row S, Seats 24 & 25 (Better seating – $58 per seat)
- Row KK, Seats 1-6 (Better seating – $58 per seat) – Promenade Box
- Row LL, Seats 7-12 (Good seating, $37 per seat) – Promenade Box
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: Will I be able to understand what is being sung?
A: All Wichita Grand Opera productions incorporate English translations projected above the stage.
- Q: What if I arrive late?
A: Latecomers and those who exit the theater during the performance will not be admitted until the next appropriate applause break.
- Q: Does Wichita Grand Opera offer refunds?
A: Only season ticket subscribers are permitted to exchange or upgrade their tickets.
- Q: What if I lose my ticket?
A: Contact the Box Office at (316) 262-8054. Replacements will be waiting for you at the Century II Box Office.
- Q: If I don’t want my tickets mailed out, what are my options?
A: Tickets can be sent to you via mail or can be picked up at the Century II Box Office. On performance evenings, your tickets may be picked up at the will-call window before the performance.