Since it was written for a one-off performance at Tring’s Court Theatre in 2005, Noah The Musical has been on a voyage that has taken it all around the world.
Groups across the UK have been quick to cotton on to the youth-friendly show with its catchy tunes and familiar story – and it’s been on stage in Australia, South Africa and the USA as well.
But this week it’s back on home shores, as 40 talented youngsters give it their all at the Boxmoor Playhouse.
The Hemel Hempstead Theatre Company production opens on Thursday, and runs until Saturday, when there is also a matinee.
The magical musical includes all the elements you would expect to tell this great story – a large boat, the animals two by two, a storm, a dove and the symbolic rainbow.
The show was created by the hugely-experienced team of Ian Gower and Rob Alderton, and Ian is directing this show.
He says Noah was first created because at the time Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat wasn’t available for youth production.
The team at the Court had just performed Jesus Christ Superstar and were wondering what to tackle next.
Ian said: “I popped the idea of Noah into a few minds, particularly Rob’s, and we set off.
“I did wonder why no one had produced a full scale musical based on the story before.
“It was written as a one off and the the fact that organisations across the country and the globe have tracked the show down and perform it is a marvellous feeling.
“One of the nicest things we hear back from performing groups is how much fun they have putting the show on.
“We have a group of 12 coming from Staffordshire to see the show as they are performing it later in the year.”
Many of the original 2005 cast have gone on to roles in Les Miserables – both the film and the stage production – Starlight Express, From Here To Eternity and many others.
And Dan Cowtan, who is the musical director for this week’s show, was also in the first production.
Ian, who is known for penning the annual panto at the Court as well as adapting hit TV sitcoms like The Vicar of Dibley and Hi De Hi for the stage, is proud of Noah’s appeal to all generations.
He said: “Noah is a great family show with a feelgood factor that any one can enjoy, from the very young upwards.
“The tunes are memorable and although the show is light- hearted it can be a little bit of an emotional roller coaster as the story unfolds.
“Of course the only way you are going to know that is to pop along and see and hear it for yourself.”
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