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Children of Eden is loosely based on the Book of Genesis and tells the story from the Creation until right after the Flood. The show exams the age-old conflict between parents and children. Act I tells the story of Adam and Eve, Cain, and Abel, and Act II deals with Noah and the Flood.

ACT ONE

The story of Adam and Eve, Cain, and Abel

The musical begins in darkness. As the chorus of Storytellers describes the beginning of the world when Father created the heavens, candles are lit around the stage. Father comes on and declares, “Let there be light.” In the song, “Let There Be,” Father builds the world based on his dream. At the end of the song, he creates Adam and Eve and gives them the Garden of Eden to live in. Eden is a perfect place.

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Eve wants to know about the glowing tree on top of the hill. Father tells them it is the tree of knowledge, and they must never eat its fruit. Eve questions why Father put the tree there if it’s not good. Father tells her to have faith in his reasons. To divert their attention away from the tree, Father asks Adam and Eve to help him name all the animals. With the help of the Storytellers pretending to be animals, Adam, Eve, and Father name the animals in the song, “The Naming.” When that is done, Adam and Eve go to sleep as Father sings them a lullaby (“Grateful Children”). In the song, “Father’s Day,” Father reflects on how well his universe turned out. Meanwhile, in the night, Adam and Eve kiss and realize they are not brother and sister.

One day, Eve goes up to the tree of knowledge and it enchants her. When she tries to show the tree to Adam, he is not interested and goes back to naming his bugs. However, Eve remains curious about the world beyond and sings about her desire for new experiences in “The Spark of Creation.” A Snake comes up to Eve and asks her questions. Eve does not know the answers, but she is intrigued. In the song, “In Pursuit of Excellence,” the Snake convinces Eve to pursue knowledge and eat the fruit of the tree. Eve eats the fruit and tricks Adam into eating it by turning it into juice. When Adam realizes that they have eaten from the tree of knowledge, he and Eve hide from Father. Father calls to them, but Adam is ashamed. Unashamed, Eve tells Father that she understands her own potential. Father orders Eve to leave the garden and tells Adam that he will make him a better wife. Adam chooses to stay with Eve instead of staying in Eden in the song, “A World Without You.” Father exiles Adam and Eve to the wilderness in the song, “The Expulsion.”

Time passes in the song, “The Wasteland,” as the Storytellers describe Adam and Eve’s desolate new environment. Eve gives birth to two sons, Cain and Abel. Adam prays to Father to be let back into paradise. As the boys grow up, Cain becomes more curious about the world while Abel remains obedient to Adam. Eve worries that she has passed her hunger for knowledge onto Cain. In the song, “Lost in the Wilderness,” Cain convinces Abel to leave their home to seek their own destinies out in the world. Father comes upon Cain and Abel and tells them that he has placed his hope in them. Cain declares he will find his own destiny without Father’s help and storms off. Before he leaves, Father makes Abel promise that he won’t tell Adam about the meeting and tells Abel that he is only hope for the future. When Adam learns that Cain is gone, he curses him but also remembers Cain and Abel playing childhood games in the song, “Close to Home.”

Cain returns and describes what he has found, “A Ring Of Stones,” which means that Adam’s family are not the only people in the world. Adam thinks the other people are barbarians and orders Cain to never speak of them again. However, Cain, wanting to be a part of a larger family, tries to leave, but Adam blocks his way. Abel tries to restrain Cain, but Cain kills him with a rock. Shouting to Adam that he should be dead, Cain runs off as Abel dies in Eve’s arms. As Cain is running, Father appears before him and asks where his brother is. Cain asks if he is his brother’s keeper. Father marks Cain’s forehead and curses him and all his children in the song, “The Mark of Cain.”

Eve comes out. She is now an old woman. Adam has died. She introduces her third son, Seth, who is married with children. Father returns to Eve and tells her that Cain is alive. Eve tries to ask more questions, but Father disappears. Eve gathers the grandchildren together and tells them that this is her last harvest. In the song, “Children of Eden,” Eve and the company dream of the day when they will return to their true home, Paradise.

ACT TWO

The story of Noah and the flood

The act begins in light, a thousand years after Act One. The Storytellers come on and sing “Generations,” which traces the line of Adam to Noah and his three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Father wants Noah to quickly finish building the ark, so he can flood the world and destroy the line of Cain.

Meanwhile, Noah has other worries. His youngest son, Japheth, is not married. When Japheth announces that he will present his bride at dinner, Noah and the family eagerly prepare for the feast in the song, “A Piece of Eight.” At the dinner, Japheth announces that he wishes to marry Yonah, the servant girl who bears the mark of Cain. Noah declares that it will not be possible because Father would disapprove. Japheth storms off just as animals start appearing on their way to the ark. Noah and his family try to organize the animals, but more and more keep coming on during the dance, “The Return of the Animals.” After everyone is onboard the ark, Noah sees Yonah standing alone and apologizes that he can not take her with him. Left alone, Yonah sings “Stranger To The Rain” as the rain starts to fall and she prepares to go her own way. Japheth finds Yonah, states that Father is wrong, and hides Yonah in the ark. They declare their love for each other in the song, “In Whatever Time We Have.” As Japheth pulls Yonah into the ark, “The Flood” begins with Father sending down more rain.

The rain continues for forty days and forty nights. With food running out, Noah and his family begin having cabin fever as they anxiously wait for the rain to stop in the song, “What Is He Waiting For?” Yonah, worried that she is the reason the rains have not stopped, sends a dove to find land during the song, “Sailor Of The Skies.” Shem and Ham find Yonah on the ark. Ham fetches Noah who is very displeased with the situation. Shem tries to throw Yonah overboard. Japheth runs on to stop him, but Noah blocks his way and pushes him away. A fight ensues. Japheth almost kills Ham, but Yonah stands in his way. Japheth backs off. Mama Noah speaks up, and the children leave her alone with Noah. Noah reveals to her that Father no longer speaks to him. Mama Noah tells him that he must be the Father now. Alone, Noah reflects on the difficulty of being a father to a son who makes his own choices in the song, “The Hardest Part of Love.” During the song, Father realizes he has to let humanity choose its own destiny.

Noah marries Japheth to Yonah. The dove returns with an olive branch, and the stars come out. Mama Noah celebrates their new hope with the Storytellers in the song, “Ain’t It Good.” The sun shines, and the ark lands at Mount Ararat. The three sons decide to travel in different directions with different animals. Japheth announces that he will search for Eden. Noah says goodbye to his children. The musical ends with the song, “In The Beginning” in which Father promises not to destroy the earth again and to let humanity take responsibility for its own fate.

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Just an FYI…

“Children of Eden” is written using familiar characters in the bible to tell the stories of family, loss, love and letting go.

Director Alane Schultz confidently embraces the pageant-style musical in CenterPoint Theatre’s solid production of “Children of Eden.” Under musical direction by Julie Waite, the voices are strikingly beautiful and contribute much to the swiftly paced staging.

While burdened with a floor-length Nehru jacket and a lighted staff, Daniel Frederickson dignifies the role of Father, the show’s God figure. He is blessed with an impressive, rich baritone voice that fills the theater with magnificent tones. Frederickson anchors the production with his powerful stage presence.

Blair Howell - Deseret News

“Children of Eden” tells a thought-provoking version of the book of Genesis which doesn’t quite match the one you were likely taught in church, focusing on answering the question of whether the freedom choices bring is worth all the pain they can cause.

That struggle is made vividly real by the musical’s fantastic songs, all of which were written by Steven Schwartz. This is the same man who wrote the music for “Pocahontas,” “Wicked,” and “Enchanted,” and the songs here are just as catchy, soaring and easy to sing along with as his best from any of those shows.

The entire cast performs them beautifully, imbuing them with all the charm and emotion they deserve. Cameron Kapetanov, in the Monday night opening cast, had a suitably powerful voice as Father, the musical’s representation of God. Lindsea Garside beautifully communicates the wisdom and heartbreak of both Eve and Mama Noah, while Nate Waite brings some innocence, yearning and pathos to the troubled characters of Cain and Japeth. Nate Mikami, as Adam and Noah, and Tyler Palo, as Abel and Ham, were excellent as well.

Jenniffer Wardell - The Davis Clipper

“If you already know and love the Old Testament-inspired musical “Children of Eden,” you will be impressed by the current production at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre.

The show, which opened Monday night, featured strong singing voices, convincing character portrayals, playful costumes and an elegantly simple set with a few clever tricks built in.

The Stephen Schwartz musical tells a universal story about parents, their expectations for their offspring, their children’s longing for independence, and parents’ ultimate disappointment.”

Nancy Van Valkenburg - Standard Examiner

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alane_schultzAlane Schultz is once again proud to be a part of the CenterPoint family.  Alane’s legacy with our theatre began in 2000 at RMT as a cast member in West Side Story.  She played double duty on our stage in 2003 as Fiona in Brigadoon and the shows’ choreographer.  She choreographed RMT’s 2005 production of Fiddler on the Roof.  She began directing for our theatre at RMT in 2006 with West Side Story.  Her directorial credits include, Jekyll & Hyde, 2008, and Evita, 2009, at Rodgers Memorial, as well as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and now Children of Eden at CPT.  Alane is a new mom and wants to thank her patient and loving husband, Peter, for allowing her to be gone in the evenings to be a part of this life changing show and cast.  She also wants to thank her Bonneville High School family, the students and Mishy Kirby for keeping the theatre love alive.  One last thanks for support and constant inspiration to her parents, Dale & Sondra Schofield, Kristi Shaw, Ashley Carlson, Cameron Kapetanov, Trish Child, Taylor Wilson, Ken McEntire, Megan Cash, Michelle Peterson, Glenn Linder and John Cook.  Alane hopes her passion for this show can be seen on the stage tonight and that you will add it to your list of favorites after seeing this production.  

Children of Eden Director Alane Schultz shares her thoughts on our upcoming production.

* The MWF cast will perform in the matinee on July 12.

Character

Father

Adam/Noah

Eve/Mama Noah

Cain/Japheth

Abel/Ham

Yonah

Young Cain

Young Abel

Seth/Shem

Wasteland Soloist

Wasteland Soloist

Generations Soloist

Generation Soloist

Generations Soloist

Snake/Aysha

Snake/Aphra

Snake

Snake

Snake

Storyteller

Children

Children

Children

Children

Children

Children

Children

Cast

Cameron Kapetanov

Nate Mikami

Lindsea Garside

Nate Waite

Tyler Palo

Michelle Dodge

McKade Lots

Nathan Nield

Brandon Garside

Kirsten Allen

Christine Sims

Alan Buys

Kamie Barnes

Shae Wilson

Paige Hunsicker

Rachel Heath

Jamie Victor

Matt Moss

Jake Juarez

Nate Vaughn

Kylie Rich

Olivia Nield

Gabe Frogley

Gage Gibson

Katri Redd

MacLayne Inkley

Bella Inkley

* The TThS cast will perform in the matinee on July 19.

Character

Father

Adam/Noah

Eve/Mama Noah

Cain/Japheth

Abel/Ham

Yonah

Young Cain

Young Abel

Seth/Shem

Wasteland Soloist

Wasteland Soloist

Generations Soloist

Generation Soloist

Generations Soloist

Snake/Aysha

Snake/Aphra

Snake

Snake

Snake

Storyteller

Children

Children

Children

Children

Children

Children

Children

Cast

Daniel Frederickson

Ricky Parkinson

Megan Cash

Jason Baldwin

Taylor Davies

Brittany Bowman Anderson

Taylor Sachs

Luke Kempe

David Knowles

Megan Call

Hailey Newton

Daniel Sessions

Carissa Klitgaard

Erin Crouch

Laicey Gibby-Brown

Chelsea Marsden

Sydney Carver

Sawson Gholami

Colton Hattabaugh

Jacob Sommer

Grace Liljenquist

Olivia Arbuckle

Daphne Carver

Nate Liljenquist

Josh Liljenquist

Peyton Cash

Lucy Cash

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“Utah has such a heavy religious population,” Kapetanov said. “I am hoping they will be able to see the title and not judge it as not being from their beliefs. It has nothing to do with the doctrine of whatever religion you are. It is really the story of families, second chances, forgiveness and understanding that whatever path you want, you can go down. You can choose for yourself.”

Amy Nicholson - Standard Examiner

Before Stephen Schwartz wrote for “Pocahontas,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Enchanted,” along with the hugely successful “Wicked,” the composer-lyricist crafted a little show called “Children of Eden.”

While the musical may not be as popularly known as his other works, “Children of Eden” is “the work of which I am most proud,” Schwartz said in a Q-and-A on his website. “I think it is my best score musically.”

Alane Schultz, director of the CenterPoint Legacy Theatre production, wholeheartedly agrees.

Blair Howell - Deseret News

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