Christmas presentations such as “The Nutcracker”, “A Christmas Story” or “A Christmas Carol”, and a few others are offered by a number of ballet and theatrical groups in a variety of theaters in just about any community. However, the living art performance of “The Story” is a one-of-a-kind Christmas spectacle exclusive to Walnut Creek’s NorthCreek Church. With six years of productions and over 22,000 in attendance, “The Story” has become a Christmas tradition for many local residents. It is a must see.
Each year, NorthCreek’s production staff sifts through thousands of pieces of historical art searching for works that can be arranged to tell the story of the entire Bible as biblically as possible, from creation through today (and tomorrow) in a performance of “living art.”
This year’s presentation will feature 12 works from artists including Leonard DaVinci, Michaelangelo, Carl Bloch, Antonio Ciseri; and contemporary artists including Ron DiCianni, Max Greiner and Morgan Weistling. Combine that with a 30-piece orchestra, large choir, and biblically accurate narration, and you have an amazing production.
“The Story” includes painted or sculpted works of art that have been rebuilt by volunteers in three dimensions at life size, populated with cast members painted to mimic the careful brushstrokes of the original. Once on stage the art is carefully lit with complex stage lighting so that when the curtain opens to reveal the scene, it appears that you are looking at the flat, two-dimensional piece, or the original sculpture. It is truly a unique presentation.
For 11 months, more than 300 volunteers including artists, seamstresses, construction, and fabrication teams along with the NorthCreek Church’s orchestra, choir, vocalists, cast, stage crew and production team collaborated on the recreation of each scene. Often a single piece can take between three and four months to design, build, and paint to meticulously recreate the original.
Cast members are painted, airbrushed, and costumed to look like marble, bronze, oil paint, ivory, and other materials that make up the original pieces.
Running time is approximately two hours with a 15-minute intermission. It is not recommended for children under the age of seven. However, childcare is provided at the Saturday and Sunday 3PM shows only by RSVP only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One audience member said it best, “I would expect to see something like what I just saw in a theater in San Francisco, or even New York, but not a church in Walnut Creek. Well done! Amazingly professional and well presented!”
“The Story” should be part of your family’s Christmas tradition.
Thursday, December 13 AT 7PM
Friday, December 14 AT 7PM
Saturday, December 15 AT 3PM (Free Childcare Available)
Saturday, December 15 AT 7PM
Sunday, December 16 AT 2:30PM (Free Childcare Available)
Sunday, December 16 AT 6:30PM
NorthCreek Church, located at 2303 Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Walnut Creek.
For ticket information go to www.thestoryinart.org.
The Story in Art in Walnut Creek, Calif. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.