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`Two By Two’: Noah’s trials and tribulations

Donna Daniels
Post Independent Staff

“And God said to Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with violence through them, and behold, I will destroy them with the earth . There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. And it happened after seven days that the waters of the flood came into being on the earth.” (Genesis 6:13, 7:9 and 10)

Colorado Mountain College theater brings the story of Noah and the flood in “Two By Two,” by Richard Rodgers, to the New Space Theater at the CMC Spring Valley campus April 25-27 and May 1-2.

Curtain time is at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

“Two By Two,” with lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Peter Stone, was a star vehicle for Danny Kaye when it debuted on Broadway in 1970.

Besides the straight story of Noah assembling all the animals two by two, it’s a look at Noah’s struggle to convince his family that the flood would really destroy the earth and God had chosen him and his family to survive. The characters, Noah and his wife Esther, his sons Shem and Ham and their wives and son Japheth, and the delightful Goldie, Japheth’s wife-to-be, are a mirror of our own society. Shem wants to make a buck, Ham wants it for nothing and Japheth wants it his way, said director Cris Aronson.

As told in chapters 6 and 7 of the Book of Genesis, Noah on his 600th birthday is approached by God, who tells him of the coming flood of 40 days and 40 nights, commands him to build an ark to save his family and select animals of the earth.

He gathers his family about him and explains the situation.

“They think he’s nuts,” Aronson said.

To further complicate matters, since God said “two by two” and Japheth isn’t married, they have to find him a mate. Quickly.

In comes Goldie and further complications and laughs.

Added to and driving the plot is the music, which Aronson called “charming and catchy.”

In the role of Noah is Bob Moore, who played in the CMC productions of “I Hate Hamlet” and “The Ghost of John Barrymore.”

“We’re unbelievably fortunate to have him,” Aronson said. “He’s been acting for 30 years. He sings, he dances, he’s Noah.”

Esther is played by Camille Toler in her first CMC show. Toler has performed in local bands and has a background in musical theater, Aronson said. Toler’s daughter Erika plays the role of Goldie, so it’s a family affair.

Tim Wright plays Japheth; Gerald DiLissor, Ham; and David Miller, Shem. Ruthie Parrish, the vocal director of the play, also plays the part of Leah, Shem’s wife. Making her stage debut is CMC senior Casey Green as Ham’s wife Rachael.

Aronson is especially proud to have Green in the show.

CMC theater’s “purpose is educational theater. We cast from the community and the college. While our goal is always higher-quality theater, it’s also a great learning opportunity,” Aronson said.

The Friday opening will be followed by a dessert reception catered by Village Inn.

Tickets for reserved seating are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Save $2 on tickets by purchasing them in combination with tickets for the Glenwood Springs High School production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which also plays this weekend. Receive a coupon for a “Joseph” ticket and use it for $2 off when buying a ticket to “Two By Two.”

Tickets are available at CMC campuses in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Spring Valley.

Yard sale

Yampah Mountain High School Teen Parent Program will be hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the school to raise funds for an outdoor education field trip. Donations will be gratefully accepted all week. Call Lucy at 945-9463, ext. 207, for pickup or more information.

Rifle Creek Cleanup

In Celebration of Earth Day, the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its first Rifle Creek Cleanup Saturday, April 26. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. behind Shale Country Liquor Store beside the old City Market. For more information call 625-2085.

Hubbard Gulch Cleanup

The Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and local volunteers will have a cleanup day at Hubbard Gulch Saturday, April 26. Volunteers will meet at the Forest Service office in Rifle at 8:30 a.m. Bring a garden rake or shovel, leather gloves, drinking water and snacks, and wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Lunch will be provided. To sign up or for more information call the BLM office, 947-2800.

Arbor Day plantings

The Carbondale Tree Board will celebrate Arbor Day Saturday, April 26, by planting new shade trees as well as maintaining some previously planted trees of Arbor Days past. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the North Face Ball Fields on Meadowood Drive. For more information call Andee at the town of Carbondale, 963-1307 or 379-1714.

FieldS of Dreams

Fields of Dreams, subcommittee of the Basalt High School Booster Club, will hold its annual fund-raiser at Basalt High School, from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 26, to raise money to finish the BHS Sports Complex. Dinner buffet and entertainment. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. $5 entry fee for the younger crowd for a Hip Hop Festival. For more information call Diana at 963-9604.

New Castle carnival

The New Castle schools carnival is from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Riverside School. Barbecue dinner at 5 p.m. Cake walk, duck pond, bump ‘n’ jump. For information call Cindy Kinn, 984-2018, or Jennifer Harbottle, 984-0481. Proceeds benefit Kathryn Senor Elementary and Riverside School.

Poker run

The Roaring Fork Harley Owners Group will sponsor a poker run April 27 to benefit the Cooper Avenue Social Center, which provides adult day care and senior citizen activities in Glenwood Springs.

The ride is open to all motorcycle riders. Meet at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Harley Davidson dealership in Glenwood Springs. For more information call DeAnna Anderson, 947-1233.

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