July 2, 2008

Ark to Be Centrepiece of Happy Celebrations


An ark that Noah himself would have been proud of will take centre stage tomorrow as St Matthias Church celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The Rev Janyce Pringle, a member of the clergy team at the Torquay church, and her friends have built the boat for a performance of the popular musical Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo.

The show, written by award-winning duo Michael Flanders and Joseph Horovitz, tells the Biblical tale of Noah and the flood.

Janyce hopes the show, which is being performed on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, will be a fitting celebration of St Matthias's anniversary.

She said: "There's been quite a lot of hard work gone into this, but it's been great fun.

"The ark is quite a size. It's been made by four people and they've done a marvellous job. We're delighted with it.

"I've wanted to put on this show for years, so this year being the anniversary, it seemed a good opportunity," she said.

As well as St Matthias's regular singers and actors, youngsters from Ilsham and Warberry primary schools will be performing in the show.

Tickets, costing pounds5 for adults and schoolchildren can enjoy it for free, are available from the church office.

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