Family-friendly ‘The Ark’ musical to open in Engle Lane in Streator

Grand set, catchy songs among the highlights of the show

“The Ark” premieres 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Engle Lane Theatre in Streator then continues with shows at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Oct. 6, and a finale 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

Director Mark Fulkerson said Streator Engle Lane’s upcoming musical “The Ark” offers an opportunity to see something different, with a few surprises along the way.

“The Ark,” a musical about Noah and his family before they embark on their mission, is a fresh take on a familiar tale, sharing the story of how one family learns to brave life’s rough waters by sticking together.

Fulkerson said the musical is one for the entire family, and he hopes it will attract some church groups.

“A lot more new musicals are not family-friendly and take a spoof approach to the story,” Fulkerson said. “This is a family show.”

“The Ark” premieres at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, then continues with shows at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Oct. 6, and a finale at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

Upon entering the theater, the audience will be taken by the set. It’s a two-story set with walkways across and multiple levels. The set’s walls extend out to the audience, creating a grand scale.

“We’re still putting some finishing touches on it,” Fulkerson said.

The musical, with a variety of songs from pop to gospel, is made of a cast of eight people, some of them new or reconnecting with theater. The show features Noah and his wife along with their three sons and their sons’ wives. Fulkerson said each cast member is showcased.

“I’ve been listening to the music [of this musical] for 15-plus years,” Fulkerson said. “I really gravitated toward it – the multiple styles, the topics. It’s music that makes you feel good. It’s music we’re really excited to bring to the stage.”


Noah: Bob Cmolik

Eliza: Sarah Breyne

Ham: Bob Philip

Egyptus: Monica Archie

Sariah: Sarah Price

Japheth: Georgia Darby

Martha: Cheyanne Kreush

Shem: Forrest Boes

Want to go?

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. They are available online at or through the box office. The box office is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 815-672-3584.

The William C. Schiffbauer Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1012 Columbus Road, Streator.

"The Ark" opens Sunday, Oct. 1, at Engle Lane Theatre in Streator. The family-friendly musical features a grand set and catchy songs.