Children of Eden

Children of Eden

Book:
Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1998
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
the garden of eden at the beginning of time / the wilderness, after paradise is lost
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal For
religious organization, community theatre, parochial school, university, ensemble cast, large chorus
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult, elderly, child characters

Synopsis

Stephen Schwartz and John Caird’s musical, Children of Eden casts the beloved biblical stories of Genesis through the personal lens of family. An epic musical with an original cast of sixty (though it can be done with far fewer actors, if necessary), Children of Eden starts with the very beginning: the creation of the universe. Father breathes life into his children, Adam and Eve, and learns that the hardest part of being a loving Father is letting go. It’s a lesson that translates into the parenting of Cain, Abel, and Seth -- and is reiterated once again as Noah parents his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. This joyous and inspiring musical celebrates the difficulty of choice, the importance of passion, the value of questioning, and the pain in allowing those you love to take risks and face the consequences. In order to capture the expanse of humanity, this play is traditionally performed with a multi-ethnic cast.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano



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