Story of Noah gets a Queensland makeover

The cast and crew of the stage musical Noah (The Catholic Leader)

It’s so dry in South East Queensland that local authorities are warning of possible water restrictions, but people in a Brisbane parish are preparing for a flood of biblical proportions. Source: The Catholic Leader.

There’s no need to worry, though – all the action’s happening on stage.

More than 40 parishioners in the Parish of St Joseph and St Anthony in Bracken Ridge – and some from outside the parish – will present an original stage musical, Noah, this weekend.

Long-time parish musician Phil Halpin has created the show taking Noah from the Book of Genesis to tell a story with a Queensland flavour.

Crissie O’Dea, one of the performers who is handling publicity for the show, said it was “a modern take on Noah, the biblical classic that we all know, and with a nice twist to the end”.

“It’s set in outback Queensland among drought-stricken farmers, so we raise things about the environment and the fact that we’re damaging the Earth and that God comes down and says, ‘Well, if you’re going to kill it, then I’m going to flood it and save it' so that we can get rid of the pollution and everything else, and actually start again, basically,” Ms O’Dea said.

“The story is about the town trying to persuade God otherwise by showing that they can work together as a community to make a difference and actually change … that flooding is not the only option, that they want to save the country, and they’re willing to change to do it.”

Ms O’Dea said the story is a hopeful one and that the music “makes the show”.



Noah takes to the stage in Brisbane with an outback Queensland twist (By Peter Bugden, The Catholic Leader

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