... You are in the audience, the room is dark, the curtain opens, the orchestra begins, and before your eyes is a 20 foot recreation Leonardo DaVinci's The Last Supper. Only this is not like you have ever seen. Your mind tries to convience you what you are seeing is simply a flat image, but you have been told otherwise. Every human figure in the painting is a live person in costume and makeup, frozen in place for several minutes. You squint your eyes to see if anything or anyone moves. Eventually your mind allows you to simply enjoy the beautiful recreations of works of art. You begin to see the colors, the textures, the message that the artist desired to communicate to you through thier brush - The biblical story. Introduce the choir, orchestra, and narration, and you will experience The Story in Art.
The 2016 presentation will feature 11 works of art from historical artist including Leonard DaVinci, Michaelangelo, Carl Bloch; and contemporary artists including Ron DiCianni, Max Greiner, Brian Jekel, and Morgan Weistling walking you through God's story, from creation through today... and tomorrow.
We encourage you to make The Story part of your families Christmas tradition.
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.