Some of Norman Rockwell's most famous paintings will come to life this weekend. Thirty of the 20th-Century American artist's pictures will be re-created by live performers in the Del Cerro Baptist Church's free production of "America" at the Embarcadero Marina Park at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
The show, presented by Seaport Village and featuring the Seaport Village Concert band, depicts America from the 1920s to the 1950s through Rockwell's eyes. The salute to America involves period costumes, dancing, music and singing by a 150-member cast, said choir director Don Howell.
"The theme is perfect," he said. "The coordinator chose people from our congregation that actually resembled the people in Norman Rockwell's paintings. Everyone studied the paintings from books and were responsible for their own costumes. There are many entire families involved in the production, which is special since a lot of Rockwell paintings were about the family."
"America," originally given by a different cast in Texas with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, was performed last year in San Diego and attracted 9,000 people.