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DePauw Theater presents 'Children of Eden

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Students performing in this weekend's production of "Children of Eden" are (from left) Camron Parker, Brandon Piper, Laura Kelley and Matt Patterson.
DePauw Theatre will present the popular musical "Children of Eden" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Moore Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

"Children of Eden" is based on the Book of Genesis. Exploring the themes of parents and children, faith, and perseverance, the play's first act is devoted to the stories of Adam and Eve, and Cain and Able, while the second act is devoted to the experiences of Noah and his family with the flood. A deeply humanistic work, Children of Eden appeals to both religious and non-religious audiences, ultimately delivering a bittersweet but inspiring message: the hardest part of love is letting go.

Music and lyrics for the production were written by Stephen Schwartz, known throughout the world as the composer and lyricist for Broadway hits such as "Godspell," "Pippin" and "Wicked." The melodic, energetic score is a mix of pop, folk, rock, reggae, gospel, Broadway and powerful choral moments. John Caird wrote the book.

"Children of Eden" it is one of the top 20 most frequently licensed musicals by Music Theatre International, which is unusual for a show that has never played on Broadway. The production's 1991 London debut coincided with the start of the Gulf War and one of the worst slumps in West End theatre attendance in history. As a result, "Children of Eden" never gained an audience or a Broadway invitation. The show may soon have its day, however, as it was recently announced that plans are in the works to bring "Children of Eden" to Broadway for the 2008-09 season.

Directed by DePauw Communication and Theatre associate professor Tim Good, the production is the culmination of a DePauw 2008 Winter Term project. Every other year DePauw Theatre devotes the month-long Winter Term to the creation of a production. "I'm doing this production because I've enjoyed being able to participate in theatrical productions even though I'm not a theatre major. I also enjoy committing to a production during Winter Term without the other activities such as classes and extracurriculars. It's great being surrounded by a diverse group of individuals who are equally committed to making the show a success," said junior Brandon Piper who plays Adam and Shem in the production. This year, more than 50 students are taking part in the production.

Tickets for the production are $3 for students and $6 for adults, and are available for purchase at the DePauw University Green Center for the Performing Arts Center Box Office. Box office hours are one hour prior to show time. Information and reservations are available by calling 658-4827 or emailing greencenter@depauw.edu.

Still available for purchase are DePauw Theatre patron passes. Purchasers are entitled to five tickets for the price of four. The passes are available at both student and adult price levels. To purchase or obtain additional information, contact the Performing Arts Center box office at the contacts listed above.

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This is a great show, and the cast and crew do an awesome job. Great lights, sets and band. Do yourself a favor and catch the final matinee Sunday at 2:30!

-- Posted by localman on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 11:56 PM

There is a reason this play has not made it to Broadway. The reason is Act 1

There are only about 3 out of 14 scenes that are mildly entertaining. The slithering snake played by 4 girls in blue was awesome and they had the movement down pat!

If you can stomach your way through ACT I, Act 11 is far more entertaining. In fact, the second to last song is a show stopper!

My little boy said the show was too "pc" for him. He didn't like the fact that God was played by 2 people, a man and a woman, nor that Adam and Eve were created at the same time, no rib. If you are not so literally minded or 12 years old, I think you will find that was handled extremely well.

Staging/lights good


Choreagraphy-movement on stage fine and they used the whole room. No great dancing, however DePauw is not a musical theater school. They value classical voice training for opera and only a token few dance classes.

Singing-overall great and some excellent moments

Costumes-par excellence-multicultural; colorful; animal heads, all beautifully crafted

Pit- extremely talented, but a tad too overwhelming making it hard to hear the lyrics at times

Lots of freshman getting their feet wet and they did a fantastic job. This show was basically put together over the 3 week winter term.

So, back to the book. Act I music was a bit preachy and predictable. Act II way more joyous and the message of hope for mankind came through.

As far as the show itself,

"Children of Eden", I have seen "Jesus Christ Superstar"; I have purchased the CD; I know and can sing all the lyrics. "Children of Eden", you're no "Jesus Christ Superstar" and you won't make it to Broadway unless you seriously re-work Act I

DePauw students and staff-fantastic job and the best live entertainment in town.

-- Posted by South of 40 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 9:15 AM

Oops, I know how to spell choreography.

-- Posted by South of 40 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 9:17 AM


If only I'd have seen this article sooner.


-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 12:40 PM

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