Noah’s Flood

Noa'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
and protection.

    The Cast

    Creative Team


    NoahMichael Nansel
    Mrs. NoahSuzanne Hendrix
    The Voice of GodAndrew Hernandez
    Sem, Noah’s SonEvan Schelton
    Mrs. Sem, Sem’s WifeSkyler Dykes
    Ham, Noah’s SonDaniel Carney, Jr.
    Mrs. Ham, Ham’s WifeLauren Dowell
    Jaffett, Noah’s sonHayden Kalp
    Mrs. Jaffett, Jaffett’s WifeMaria José Fabara
    Raven (Dancer)Emma Griffin
    Dove (Dancer)Hannah Griffin
    The Gossips, friends of Mrs. NoahBrittany 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

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    Ambassador Hotel

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    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.

    Cafe Bel Ami

    AVI Seabar & Chophouse

    Hana Cafe

    Harvest Kitchen and Bar at the Hyatt Regency

    Lotus Leaf Cafe & Creperie

    Old-Town Sushi Bar By Wasabi

    Rain Café and Lounge

    River City Brewery

    Sabor Latin Bar & Grill

    Siena Tuscan Steakhouse at the Ambassador Hotel


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    Century II Performing Arts Center
    225 W. Douglas Ave. Wichita, KS 67202


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    Seating (Including for Disabled Patrons)

    To comply with ADA requirements, the following seats are reserved for our handicapped patrons:

    Concert Hall

    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

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