It’s so dry in south-eastern Queensland that local authorities are warning of possible water restrictions, but residents of a parish in north Brisbane are bracing for a huge flood of Biblical proportions.
There is no need to worry, however; all the action takes place on stage.
Over 40 parishioners from St Joseph and St Anthony Parish in Bracken Ridge – and some from outside the parish – will be presenting an original musical called Noah this weekend.
Longtime parish musician Phil Halpin created the show by taking Noah from the Book of Genesis to tell a Queensland-flavored story.
Crissie O’Dea, one of the performers who takes care of the publicity for the show, said it was “a modern take on Noah, the biblical classic we all know, and with a beautiful comes to the end ”.
“It’s happening in the backcountry of Queensland among drought stricken farmers, so we’re raising questions about the environment and the fact that we’re damaging the Earth and God comes down and says, ‘Well if you go kill it, then I’m going to flood it and save it… ‘so that we can get rid of the pollution and everything, and start over, basically, ”Ms. O’Dea said.
“The story is about the city trying to persuade God to the contrary by showing that they can work together as a community to make a difference and actually change … that flooding is not the only option they want save the country, and they are willing to change to do so.
She said the message was hopeful.
“It’s about how communities come together,” she said.
Ms. O’Dea said the music “makes the show”.
“The band are amazing in the way they brought all of the songs to life,” she said.
And she said Mr. Halpin’s passion for music shines through.
“It’s a real musical in the sense that musicals tell the story through song rather than having songs in a play,” she said.
“The music really tells the story.”
The play is also a lot of fun and Ms O’Dea said people of all ages would enjoy it.
“There are a lot of little side stories, like Noah’s son who marries one of the local daughters and Noah’s best friend Barney comes into play; he owns the local bakery, ”she said.
“Noah and his wife own the local pub so there is a lot of community activity going on in the pub as well.
“And there is a wedding scene.
“The music is a lot of fun.
“I have an eight year old son who comes to rehearsal every day and he knows all the songs backwards and gets up and does a little bootscoot with us in one of the bootscoot songs. He likes it. “
The play continues a proud tradition of JAFA Performance Group performances.
“JAFA stands for St Joseph’s and St Anthony’s Fellowship of the Arts, and it started as an outreach program to help bring the community into the Church and involve them,” Ms. O’Dea said.
“A good percentage of these people come from the Church, but we still have people coming back who are outside of it who come because they love the community and the spirit and the friendliness that we have in our productions. “
Noah is at the Bernie Costigan Center near St Joseph’s Church, Bracken Ridge, at 7:30 p.m. on September 24 and 25, at 2 p.m. on September 25, and at 4 p.m. on September 26.
Tickets are on sale at https://www.trybooking.com/BQPBS or by phone on 0412 988 416.