experience the story Behind the Art

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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.

Art

 

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.

Music

 

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. 

Video

 

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.

Narration

 

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

  • 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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