experience the story Behind the Art


Living art?

What makes the art “living?” Instead of displaying a recreation of a work of art, our art team places volunteer cast members into the art whenever possible. 

The Story includes painted or sculpted works of art that have been rebuilt by volunteers in three dimensions at life size, populated with volunteer 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 and we see the scene, we think we are looking at the flat, two-dimensional piece, or the original sculpture. Sound complicated? It is!

When working to recreate these pieces of art for a presentation like The Story, a number of elements must be considered. Art pieces are built at sometimes as much as 10 times as large as the original. Cutouts are made into the backgrounds so that cast members fit perfectly into the piece.

Cast members are painted, airbrushed, and costumed to look like marble, bronze, oil paint, ivory, and a number of other materials that make up the original pieces. 

Our volunteers serve for 11 months out of the year recreating these art pieces using everything imaginable from a hardware store. Often a single piece can take between three and four months to design, build, and paint to meticulously recreate the original. 

The 2019 presentation will feature 11 works of art from historical artist including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Carl Bloch, Antonio Ciseri; and contemporary artists including Ron DiCianni, Max Greiner and Morgan Weistling walking you through God’s story, from creation through today… and tomorrow. Combine that with a 30 piece orchestra, large choir, and biblically accurate narration, and you have an amazing production.

We encourage you to make The Story part of your families Christmas tradition.



Each piece of art is carefully selected to tell The Story of the entire bible.  Our production staff sift through thousands of pieces of art in order to accurately portray each story as biblically as possible. Our art director and artists are also consulted to consider how each piece can be constructed and include live models.  The art should never take away from the Story but should bring black words on white pages into full living color.



The music for the Story is only considered after the pieces of art have been chosen for the show.  Just as the art brings black words on a white page into full color the music is carefully selected to portray the mood and emotion that each piece of art is conveying as part of the Story.  Hundreds of musical options are listened to months before the production hits the stage.  The music exists to complement the artwork or element taking place on stage. 



The production of the Story is not just pieces of art and music; it is not just an art show.  By using the medium of video we are able to see characters such as Mary, the mother of Jesus and Jesus, himself portraying the emotions these real life people must of wrestled with and allows us to let our minds travel to their time and place. Using video gives us an insight into the biblical and historical context of the scenes represented.



The narrators of the Story are the Story tellers.  The narration is carefully written to guide you through the elements from the video, to the music and the art describing the scenes, the places, the people and the consequences of Christ’s Gospel story as it relates to all of us.

questions worth asking

  • Under the direction of The Story Leadership Team, our volunteer artists recreate life size works of art (like the Pieta). Using wood, paint, glue, foam, and many items found at the hardware store, they build, sculpt, paint, rebuild, sculpt, and repaint – until the art is perfect. They then add volunteer cast members to fit into the art wherever possible. Add dozens of gallons of specialty makeup, the cast members ability to stay still for several minutes, hundreds of lighting cues, narration and music, and you have The Story in Art.

  • We recommend you arrive no later than 20 minutes before the presentation begins. The presentation will begin promptly at the scheduled time, and entry into the room will be difficult after it begins. Our Cafe’ and Bookstore will be open prior to the presentation for a quick snack. The doors to the house will open 20-25 minutes before the program begins. The Lobby will be open 90 minutes prior to the start.

  • The Story presentation is expected to be about 120-130 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission.

  • Every person occupying a seat needs a ticket. Babies are not recommended, but we understand sometimes you do not have the ability to leave your child with someone else. Babies on their parents lap do not need a ticket, but all others do. If you are bringing your children, we encourage you to be very mindful of those around you, and their ability to enjoy the presentation. The Lobby is available for those with restless children.

  • Of course they can. We encourage it. If you are planning to bring a group of more than 20 people, please contact us before you buy tickets. We will do you best to get you special pricing and help you pick the best seats. Email us at gshaffer@northcreek.org for more information.

  • Due to the nature and length of the presentation, we do not recommend children under seven years old. For most of the presentation, the room will be dark, and while we are confidant you will love it, younger children might lose interest. We will not deny your children from entering, but we do ask that you evaluate your children’s ability to focus and make the decision yourself. Childcare is provided at the afternoon shows. See Below.

  • Childcare is provided at the Saturday and Sunday 3pm shows only. This is by RSVP, and space is very limited. Email thestory@northcreek.org for more information.

  • Although we would love to make The Story free to all, the logistics and production costs do not make this possible. The ticket prices are set to simply recover the costs involved in producing The Story. If you are in severe financial distress, and cannot afford a ticket, please email us.

  • We kindly request that you do not take photos or video during the presentation. This includes your devices. This is not only a distraction to those around you, but also could violate our copyright agreements with others. You will be able to see the art up close after the presentation and take all the photos you want.

  • The best seats are in the center. Even seats further back in the center are better than seats close to the front on the sides. The seats in sections 102/103, rows D-M by far are the best seats. The $9 seating locations may have some obstructed sight lines. Seats on the side edges may not be able to see all of the art, depending on the piece and seat location. Trust us, the ticket prices are structured based on the best seating locations. Use that as a general guide. Still confused? email us.

  • The NorthCreek campus has several hundred spots, but due to expected attendance, we will use our off-campus parking. For each show, Centre Pointe Parking (directly across the street) is available. On Sunday, the Ygnacio Woods Office Parking (next door to the church) is available. Our parking team will be available to assist you, but please plan extra time for parking and walking.

  • The Story in Art in Walnut Creek, Calif. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
  • The Story in Art in Walnut Creek, Calif. on Monday, November 30, 2015.
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The Story is a production produced by the staff at NorthCreek Church. Ticket sales are not designed to make a profit. 

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