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July 24, 2012 > Theatre Preview: King David

Theatre Preview: King David

Submitted By Nancy Koski

This summer from July 27-August 4, Neighborhood Church's music and drama team returns to the stage with the classic Bible story of King David, a man after God's own heart. True to Neighborhood Church's dramatic musical tradition, "King David" brings professional caliber singing, dancing, and acting to Castro Valley in an outstanding production suitable for all ages. The music, composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice, ranges in style from pop to jazz to choral and draws heavily from the Psalms.

"King David" recounts the pivotal moments of David's life as found in the scriptures: his days as a humble yet courageous shepherd boy who slays the giant Goliath; David's surge in popularity, rivalry with Saul, and friendship with Jonathan; David's marriage to Michal and rise to the throne of Israel; his affair with Bathsheba; the rebellion of David's beloved son Absalom; and finally David's succession by his son Solomon. "King David" is a vivid portrayal of God's love and plan of forgiveness, demonstrating how God's grace is able to save us when we fail.

The music is composed by Alan Menken ("The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Pocahontas," and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame") and the lyrics are by Tim Rice ("Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Evita," "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Lion King"). The duo was originally commissioned to write an oratorio based on the life of David to commemorate the 3000th anniversary of Jerusalem. Though "King David" was never performed in Jerusalem as originally planned, the Disney Theatrical Corporation performed it in concert at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway in 1997 for nine shows.

Neighborhood Church is honored to perform this world-class musical and share the story of King David with the community. Mark your calendars and invite your family and neighbors to experience the beautiful music and imagery as this extraordinary story from scripture unfolds.

Tickets at $5 each are available for purchase through Brown Paper Tickets online, following Sunday services, and in the church office from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. each day, plus a 2:30 p.m. performance August 4. For more information call (510) 537-4690 or visit

King David
July 27 - August 4
July 27, 28, and August 2 at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 4 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Neighborhood Church
20600 John Drive, Castro Valley
(510) 537-4690
Tickets: $5

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