‘Flood’ of talent

Published 11:46 pm Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Get ready to board Noah’s ark as Andalusia Community Theatre (ACT I) invites you to join them for Two by Two this weekend.

Loosely based on the story of Noah’s Ark, the musical is based on Clifford Odets’ play The Flowering Peach, and tells the story of Noah’s preparations for the Great Flood and its aftermath. The production features eight local actors, said Paula Harr, ACT I director.

“All eight are local and a few are making their acting debuts­,” Harr said. “We’re always really glad when we have new people in the production. It’s truly a community theater. These people are doing this because they truly love it, and it’s going to be great.

“The cast has worked long and hard to make this production, and you’ll be greatly entertained,” she said.

And even though the play is based on the story of Noah’s Ark, the animals from the biblical telling of the story won’t be included in this production, Harr said.

“There are no animals even though you might think there would be,” she said. “No one wants to be upstaged or scooped.”

Directed by Kelly Shepherd, the cast includes: Noah, Ralph Ricks; Esther, Ronda Ricks; Japheth, Justin Schuver; Ham, Ken Shepherd; Shem, Curtis Simpson; Rachel, Angela Sanders; Leah, Kelly Shepherd; and Goldie, Jennifer Jones.

The musical is the first production of the year for ACT I and is sponsored by the Covington Arts Council.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College’s Dixon Center and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Ansley Place, Brooks Hardware, Harold’s Furniture and at the door.

The next ACT I production is “Lying in State,” a political comedy scheduled in January. Participants will also be needed for that production, Harr said.

“We’re always looking for a few good actors,” she said. “Always.”