Children of Eden is a big hit

Last updated: June 25. 2014 1:23AM - 2472 Views
Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

Adam and Eve during Act I of Children of Eden.
Adam and Eve during Act I of Children of Eden.
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The Aracoma Story Inc. finished their opening weekend of the summer season on a high note with their production of Children of Eden.

Created by the writers of Wicked and Les Miserable, Stephen Schwartz and John Caird have written a beautifully spiritual musical about parents and children, second chances and the spark of creation in each person.

Based on the first nine chapters of the book of Genesis, the musical ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: the hardest part of love is letting go.

Children of Eden is a two act musical. Act I tells the story of Adam and Eve; Act II tells of Noah and the flood.

The play opens with the creation story. A chorus of storytellers describes the beginning of the world. Father then appears, creates Adam and Eve, and gives them the perfect place to live in the Garden of Eden. Father tells them of the tree of knowledge from which they must never ear the fruit.

Act II begins in light, 1000 years after Act I.

Father instructs Noah to build the ark. The rains come and flood the land. The story tells of Noah as a father during the downpour that lasts 40 days and nights.

“Children of Eden is based upon the first nine chapters of the book of Genesis,” said Diana O’Briant, President of The Aracoma Story Inc. “However, it is a musical and dramatic adaptation of these powerful stories. It is not intended to be a literal portrayal, but an interpretation through the imagination of the writer John Caird and the music and lyrics of Steven Schwartz. It is my belief that the audience will be so moved by this production that it will pull at the heartstrings of all. Our young cast is awesome and I feel honored to present Children of Eden as our first summer production of 2014.”

Under the artistic direction of Stephanie Richards, the musical direction of Ellen Woods Ramey and set design/technical direction of Stevie Brigode, Children of Eden runs Tuesday-Sunday through July 6. Ticket prices are: $12 at the Gate and $11 in advance for Adults; $10 at the Gate and $9 in advance for Seniors; and $8 at the Gate and $7 advance for Children (3 - 12 years).

For church groups interested in attending, group discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. To receive the Group Ticket Discount, tickets must be ordered through the office and prepaid prior to the show date. Seating will be reserved after payment is received.

Other productions from TAS this summer include The Aracoma Story, which will run July 15-July 26, and The Little Mermaid Jr., which will run July 31-August 9. For more information, call 304-752-0253.

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