Featuring choirs, instruments and dance, ‘Naamah’s Ark’ offers a different take on the Bible story

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CEDAR CITY The story of Noah’s Ark from his wife’s perspective through a song and dance is coming to Southern Utah University.

Titled “Naamah’s Ark,” SUU’s department of music is featuring the production at the Randall L. Jones Theatre in Cedar City at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The performance follows one held last week at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City.

“The Department of Music is proud to be part of sponsoring this enormous project, involving the SUU choirs, alumni students’ choirs, instrumentalists and dancers!” Lawrence Johnson, chairman of SUU’s music department, said in a press release. “Performing a collage of different styles and languages by a present day composer based on a different perspective of the biblical story of the ark just makes the entire event that much more engaging and exciting.”

The story explores the concepts of what took place on the ark after the rain stopped, said Carol Ann Modesitt, director of “Naamah’s Ark.”

“This is indeed a unique perspective on the story of Noah and the Flood,” she said.

The composer of “Naamah’s Ark,” Marisa Michelson, takes her interpretation of Noah’s wife, Naamah, and tells the story of the ark. She and librettist Royce Vavrek explore what Naamah might have experienced and felt about the journey and what happened after they reached land.

“Naamah’s Ark presented an ideal opportunity to foster collaboration between faculty and students,” Michael Crotty, the production’s choreographer said. “Embedded in the work is the notion of inclusion and glimpses of hope amid dire straits.”

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Event details

  • What: “Naamah’s Ark,” presented by SUU’s department of music.
  • When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12.
  • Where: The Randall L. Jones Theatre, 300 W. University Ave., Cedar City.
  • Admission: $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Southern Utah University faculty, staff and students are free with a valid ID card. Faculty and staff IDs are allowed one guest. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the concert or here.

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