Tues, November 3, Duggars on Stage

One of the Duggars' favorite stories is Noah's Ark. Watch it come to life when the family gets to see the musical telling of Noah on stage. But when the family is asked to participate in the show, will there be more Duggars than animals on the Ark?

30 minutes

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just so everyone knows,one of the scenes from this show portrays people knocking and banging on the side of the ark,hollering and screaming to get in during the rain.I found this rather offensive,as we do not know for sure that this ever really occurred (imo it most likely did NOT),and I felt it was trying to represent nothing but scare tactics to non-believers.I don't think it should be portrayed in this manner.God says not to add or change anything in the bible,and imo,this show does just that.
I'm not putting down the Duggars,only the network decision to include it.

sammi said...

Wonder if this is the Living Waters Theater in Lancaster PA. mmmmm,,,, didnt we already see this on another TLC show?

Anonymous said...

TLC is getting really repetitive.

Trips, vow renewals, same theaters. I wonder why they can't think of any new material for these supposed 'reality' shows? Let's just hope the Duggars don't go the way of the G family. With this much exposure, it is only a matter of time before the public turns on them too. It would never be worth the risk to me.

pumpkin said...

It could be a local theater with a traveling group. We had some similar productions come to our tiny little northern Oklahoma town and put on shows at churches or community centers.

I wonder if they would have the same reaction to dancing if it was choreography in a Christian musical.

Anonymous said...

Pumpkin... I like that thought about dancing in a Christian musical. This has always been thought provoking for me. I love the Duggars very much, but I'm personally offended that they judge people who dance. Our church has a regular youth Christian dance group come in and express their faith through dancing. It's amazing. I know the Duggars disagree with a lot of things that other denominations do, so I guess it's understandable that they wouldn't agree with dancing. However, I think their logic is flawed. To ban dancing because some people can make it into a bad thing, why not ban singing because some people sing rap music with ungodly lyrics? They could ban so many things on the premise that "is CAN be made to be bad." Well, it can also be made to be good! The Duggars still sing, although MOST singing contains lyrics that aren't neccesarily godly. They just choose to turn their singing into something positive. They might as well ban all music because SOME of it is "bad." I just wish they would apply this same philosophy to dancing. They can choose to make whatever they want to out of it, and I don't see what's wrong with allowing dancing in a godly context. Surely they don't believe people will lust after each other while dancing for God... right?
-Christina

Anonymous said...

I don't think the Duggars are judging others for dancing, they just feel that it is not appropriate for their family to engage in. Am I missing comments that they have made? Disagreeing with beliefs is not necessarily judging them for it.
-another Christina

sandra said...

TLC is regurgitating their episodes..vow renewal, trips, dentists, this theater one...etc.
Last week, when Michelle said at the beginning of the episode "on this episode of ...." I almost threw the remote.

Duggars, tread carefully. I hope they had atty counsel before signing their contract.
Perhaps going to a christian channel would better suit their needs.
TLC is corrupt.

Kat said...

Haha - JimBob says they (read: he) think dancing is "bad" because men get lustful when women "shake their body parts." However, I thought JimBob sounded pretty lustful when he was describing the junk food he enjoys. JimBob, ever think of banning junk food from your family because it inspires "bad behavior" like eating until you're 40 lbs overweight? Walk the talk, Jimbo, walk the talk.

TJ said...

I would guess they went to Branson, MO, as they have a large Noah's Ark production.

Anonymous said...

The Duggars have already been corrupted. That is what happens when you sell your family to a TV channel. Maybe they didn't know any better, or maybe they did, but the end result is that I am quite certain that the family will regret the day they went courting for TLC money (or vice versa), just like some other TLC families.

Mary P said...

Anonymous siad...
Just so everyone knows,one of the scenes from this show portrays people knocking and banging on the side of the ark,hollering and screaming to get in during the rain.I found this rather offensive,as we do not know for sure that this ever really occurred (imo it most likely did NOT),and I felt it was trying to represent nothing but scare tactics to non-believers.I don't think it should be portrayed in this manner.God says not to add or change anything in the bible,and imo,this show does just that.
I'm not putting down the Duggars,only the network decision to include it.

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Why would you think that the world that was left behind during the "great flood" wouldn't be scared or in a panic and try to get on a huge boat that could save them? I find it hard to beleive they are just sat back and watched Noah take off and calmly let themselves die...really.
And remember, God himself did not write the bible.

And I don't understand why everyone starts jumping to conclusions before the show even airs. Are we really so closed minded to think that only one theater exist and the Duggars went to the same one the Gosselins did? I think we could all learn a lot from the Duggars but choosing to accept our difference and by not judging one another on them, especially when we don't know the fulls story!

MomOfThree said...

Since the preview shows the family in "make-up and wardrobe", being professionally done-up for the stage, we can probably safely assume that this is no amateur production that they are taking part in.

My guess would be that it is at one of the locations of "The Sight and Sound Theatre", which produces magnificent productions of Bible stories on an epic scale. The Gosselins went to the one in Strasburg, PA but the Duggars probably stayed closer to home and went to the Branson, MO location.

Anonymous said...

Uh oh! Did I see one of the boys sitting in a chair getting make up done? And they don't let women wear pants!?

I'm kidding, of course. (Well, sort of..)

luvmybabies said...

Christina said... "To ban dancing because some people can make it into a bad thing, why not ban singing because some people sing rap music with ungodly lyrics? They could ban so many things on the premise that "is CAN be made to be bad." Well, it can also be made to be good!"

I agree totally with this. I can't understand the total aversion to dancing either. I understand completely not wanting their children to be involved in provocative types of dancing. The studio where my daughters take classical ballet also has jazz and hip-hop (which I don't allow my girls to do), and the way they have the young girls dancing is, shall we say, less than wholesome - and the costumes they have them wear for performances are trashy. But IMO classical ballet, as well as some other types of dancing, can be beautiful and pure. Maybe this is a belief pushed hard by Gothard, who they seem to follow. *Sigh* But OTOH, who are we to say what is right for their family? That is their decision. I make decisions for my family that a lot of people think are crazy too.

Maybe the total ban on dancing is misguided and unnecessary, but even if that's the case, if that's the biggest mistake they ever make as parents then they are doing GOOD! I can only hope to do as well myself.

Jess said...

This is such a boring idea for an episode, imo. Just like with J+K8, I always like the show better when it is just their regular day to day life. TLC: Just say "No!" to the field trips!

Anonymous said...

Jess, I actually feel that this could be something that the Duggars would have done anyway, before the show. I could be wrong, though, and I know J&K also went to the Sight and Sound theatre, but the Duggars participating in a Christian production really isn't THAT different from the kind of thing they would normally do. I actually am excited about this episode compared to some of the others, because it seems more natural and more along the lines of normal Duggar behavior.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the Duggars even know what "normal" behavior is for them now. Spending the whole day with cameras and lights in your face is not normal, at least for any family I know. I'll watch the episode, but the family is on its way to being a train wreck, just like the G's or the Roloff's or any of the other reality families that have been ruined by having their family life exploited on television.

The Duggars aren't any different, and they will probably regret the day that they sold themselves to TLC, because no family can survive being under public scrutiny with no privacy. It isn't even healthy.

Gray said...

The Duggars don't condemn others for dancing. They say that it isn't something that they feel is the right thing for there family. They make a point to say that they don't condemn others for dancing.

Joanna said...

The Woman At The Well is one of my all time favorite Bible stories. I actually played the Sameritian woman during a walk through play at my church.

Poor Jennifer. Yet I have to say Jim Bob did look creepy in that beard. And Jennifer didn't have a pacifier!

I hardly knew any actors when I was young either, with the exception of Shirley Temple. I learned who Macaulay Culkin was when I was eight!

AmyKB said...

Just saw this episode. I liked the overall concept of the family participating in the show. And it was interesting to see Joy pushing a stroller... usually we don't see her helping with the younger ones much. I liked the pairings of the kids in the interviews... it was good to hear from a bunch of the non-usual kids. But my questions with this ep... Who drives the yellow bug? and with Jennifer so afraid of bearded JimBob, why keep putting them together?? (especially since they kept doing that in the farm episode... it was clear she didn't like horses but several family members kept pushing her toward them)

jamie said...

I normally love watching the Duggars but I must say that was the most boring show to date.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why Jim Bob persisted is trying to hold and bug Jennifer, when she was clearly afraid of him in the beard. She just didn't get that it was him---I wonder why he couldn't just leave her alone, instead of terrorizing her.

I liked the Noah show, but thought rehearsing, watching the whole show and then participating in the whole show was too much for a lot of the kids. No wonder Jennifer melted down.

And why is she ALWAYS with a pacifier?

Anonymous said...

This had to be a really long day for the family... up and out of the house early, 2 hrs to Branson, rehearsal, watching a show, acting in a show, and then 2 hrs drive back home. No wonder Johanna took a nap on the dressing room floor! I would have too!

It was a really cool theater, with great sets! I kind of wish there was one in my part of the country.

At the start of the episode where Michelle says that the story of Noah is about a family that follows God even when they are mocked by others in the community, my fiance turned to me and commented that the unsaid portion of her comment was that those who mock the Duggars are going to die horribly too and not be allowed on their Ark. He was joking... mostly.

Anonymous said...

Overall I think this was one of the most boring episodes. I turned it off halfway through

However, I thought it was interesting when Michelle was talking about Noah and his family. I got the impression that she was comparing Noah's family to hers. She said something like "They were a family united by God in a time when most others were not, and Noah's family was mocked because of their belief in God."

I'm pretty sure she was trying to say something there.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was interesting how when Jennifer was afraid of Jim Bob she cried for Jill, not mom, Jill. Clearly, Jill is her buddy (ie-psuedo mommy). If my daughter was scared and crying for someone other than me, I would be sad, but Michelle did not seem to be phased.

I don't care if they dance, wear pants or whatever, but the way they treat their older girls is so frustrating to me. I know chores are good, but raising your siblings is just plain wrong. It is appalling to me!! Forget child explotation for being on the show, those girls are exploted everyday just doing their "jurisdications".

Anonymous said...

We saw this show over the summer in Branson, MO. It was awesome! The whole theater opened up to become the ark and there were real animals. Sight and Sound is a privately owned theater and has the right to portray stories however it wishes too. If the people screaming offended you, don't go to Sight and Sound. It shouldn't be removed because you feel offended. And if you believe the story of Noah, as I do because I am a Christian, it would be very likely that people not on the ark would be drowning - and screaming. - Sam

Ms. B said...

wow, there's been quite a lot of backlash on here. I thought the episode was really cute and fun. And just because I'm curious, if people find it so boring, why continue to participate in the Duggar lexicon by blogging about it?

Anonymous said...

I love this show, but this episode had no substance. It was hard to watch.
I did, however, like the 20 Years 20 Duggars episode that aired before it… somehow I missed that one.

Swissmiss said...

I also wondered why Jim Bob made such a big deal of continuing to hold/touch the little girl who was so afraid of his beard.

Just back off until showtime is over and you can remove it.

I have seen this show in Penn. and it was very impressive. It's a VERY, VERY long show. I would definitely not recommend it for very little kids. At least that was true of the Penn. show I saw maybe 10 years ago.

I was a little startled at what a strong emphasis they put on Christianity at this theatre. I believe there was a note on the program to ask the ushers about any questions you had about God. I didn't object, I was just surprised.

The one in Penn. has been there for many years and is a favorite day trip for many churches within convenient driving distance.

I just logged on to the web site, and the one in Penn. was started 30years ago. The one in Branson is very new.

Anonymous said...

After watching this episode I have to wonder are the Duggars trying to get some point across to the viewers or is TLC pushing the family? Either it is the editing or all the fame has changed the family for the worse. Maybe they were better off with just a few specials a year.

Anonymous said...

The best part of this episode was the telling of the Noah story in the boys' room. They talked about the scary parts of the story with the camera cutting to nervous faces and then to little Jordyn looking scared. That was too funny.

Im_in_PR said...

I thought it was interesting how when Jennifer was afraid of Jim Bob she cried for Jill, not mom, Jill. Clearly, Jill is her buddy (ie-psuedo mommy). If my daughter was scared and crying for someone other than me, I would be sad, but Michelle did not seem to be phased.

I totally agree. I don't think it's wrong for the older girls to help out, but this constant rearing of Michelle and Jim Bob's off spring is starting to wear thin.

if you can't take care of and nurture the babies you birth, stop having new ones until you can raise your children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, like the Bible says.Not pawning them off on older sisters. The Biblical instructions for raising children is given to parents, NOT OLDER SIBLINGS.

No offense to Jill, because this is not her fault, but Jennifer is spoiled rotten is a very strong willed child. An older sister in her teens is NOT the person to be raising a child like that, and as the Duggars proudly boast, Jill is basically doing it by herself.

And that's a shame.

chocolatebee said...

Personally I liked the show and I enjoy the story of Noah. When Jim Bob kept scaring Jennifer it was kind of funny. Lots of dads play with their kids like that. My dad always did.I dont think it does any long lasting harm to the child.

What I did find to be disrespectful was the camera man and producer. They continued to ask the boys how they felt about wearing dresses. It was clear that the boys didn't like being questioned about something like that and knowing the Duggars convictions and strong emphasis on gender roles, I thought the questioning was very rude.

Jennifer is only 2 so I dont think having a pacifier is doing her any harm. My daughter kept her "noonie" until she was 3. It helped sooth her off of the bottle. She' snow seven and has perfect teeth according to her dentist.

I wish I could take my family to see the story of Noah's Ark. It seems so entertaining.

Anonymous said...

I honestly did not think it was a bit funny when Jim Bob was scaring Jennifer or forcing her on the horse, although she was crying and hanging on for dear life. Why force a toddler to do something that terrifies them? It is not funny---it is cruel!

Also, I was really bothered that Jennifer did not call for Michelle, but for JILL! Children should call for their mothers, not their older sisters! Those older girls simply have too much parental responsibility, and I definitely agree with whoever said that people should stop having children after they can no longer take care of the number they have.

Angela said...

While I believe all the Duggar Children are so handsome/beautiful... I find the older girls to be absolutely gorgeous! Exp Jana.

And it just kills me to see them so oppressed, and naive to the world outside of the Duggar clan. Clearly these girls are smart, beautiful and witty and deserve every opportunity that we ALL have. I understand the need for religion and boundaries in a family. BUT, what I don't understand is the lack of responsibility from Jim Bob and Michelle. A parents job is to teach your children to be well rounded individuals so that they can function well in society. Michelle and Jim Bob are NOT allowing their children to function well in society, because they are sheltered from society. They don't know what's "out there".

I believe that a family/parent should expose their children to limited "out there" things, so that they can learn right from wrong. Now right from right, and wrong from wrong. The world doesn't work the way.

I hope Michelle and Jim Bob will realize that even without their extremes, their children can and will become wonderful adults. Or at least, I hope so. Its only a matter of time before one of them as a screw this attitude, and does their own thing. Its inevitable.

Anonymous said...

This might sound awful to say, but I am really rooting for the Duggar child who breaks free from the bondage of the family rules. Now THAT would be a show I would love to watch!

MomOfThree said...

I have to say that I was very surprised to see Grandma, Aunt Deanna and Amy in the audience.

I know that Branson is just a few hours from the Duggars home and can be done as a "day trip", but I do have to wonder how much "free time" Deanna and Amy have that they can travel at will so freely with the family. Grandma is obviously retired (and in great health), so it's no wonder that she goes along on "trips" to help out and enjoy the family's perks, but you would think that Deanna and Amy would have jobs (or class, in Amy's case) and not be so "available" to go to a lot of places. I know they went to Dollywood and took part in the parade, etc. and of course, were in Fl for Josh's wedding. Amy has also joined the family for their outings to skydive, visit the old-fashioned amusement park (with the Bates') and volunteer at the wildlife "safari/zoo".

I know that she is interested in a music career, but she does not appear to have a job or attend college (at least no mention was ever made) and I wonder if she, too, has a "contract" with TLC and receives an income for her "appearances". The Duggar girls not withstanding, it seems odd to me that a vibrant 20 year-old girl would be doing "nothing" with her days other than "following" her family on their adventures.

Anonymous said...

Momofthree... Amy is 23, so even if she did attend college, she would have graduated by now. I can understand what you're saying about jobs, but TLC has to pay all adults who appear (I think). I'm sure that whatever Deanna and Amy had to do that day (and the other days that they appear) wasn't going to pay more than TLC did.
Martina

Anonymous said...

It seems that all available 18+ Duggars (not under Jim Bob's thumb), including Grandma, Josh and Anna, and Amy, are choosing to cash in on the TLC gravy train for as long as it lasts. Maybe they, like Kate G. think of this filming and subsequent income, as "their job". They make more money than they would at any "job" they could get, so it seems they will ride it out and take the money. Who can blame them? It's pretty easy money!

Of course, when things turn south for the Duggars, tabloids will start looking for nasty things to report, and then maybe they will regret selling out their privacy. However, for now, they are probably laughing all the way to the bank!

nccalgal said...

The only requirement for TLC would be to have the additional family members sign some sort of release allowing TLC to film and televise them; they would only have to pay them if they were contractually obligated to do so. You are making the assumption that they are being paid when they appear, but that isn't necessarily so, although I'm sure there are times when they are. The three of them were not shown until the second performance which could have been the 7:00 show. I'm sure if Amy had come along with the family she would have participated in the performance and made sure she was seen before then. Grandparents and extended family attend school and church programs, recitals, and sporting events when their family members are going to be part of the activity, so I don't think it's unusual for them to be in the audience.

Anonymous said...

I criticize because they claim to be modest and yet they broadcast their lives to the American public, which is probably the least modest thing anyone could dream of doing.

There is other stuff to criticize, but this is my biggie.

Anonymous said...

John and Jinger went to the show but I didn't see them on stage. Did they get shy or work behind the scenes?

Im_in_PR said...

I criticize because they claim to be modest and yet they broadcast their lives to the American public, which is probably the least modest thing anyone could dream of doing.

I think the modesty they always refer to is regarding their clothing.

Im_in_PR said...

I'm sure if Amy had come along with the family she would have participated in the performance and made sure she was seen before then.

She's another show hog.

octavia said...

Gray said...

The Duggars don't condemn others for dancing. They say that it isn't something that they feel is the right thing for there family. They make a point to say that they don't condemn others for dancing.

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I agree that they don't 'condemn' them, but in episodes where others are dancing, the children (including the older ones, like Josh and Anna) roll their eyes or make faces about the dancing. I find this very rude and disrespectful.

Yawn...I recorded this episode to my DVR and then fast-forwarded through the whole episode waiting for something interesting to happen. This marks the beginning of the end for my curiosity of the Duggars. Once the shows start being completely scripted (another trip they were "invited" to take) like J&K+8, I completely lose interest.

Anonymous said...

All I wanna say is David (from the bible danced) and he danced from joy and to praise god. Dancing itself should be seen as wrong. Plus, did anyone notice how natural dancing is? Even babies move to music. And it can be really spiritual too.