SHREVEPORT (KTAL/KMSS) — Shreveport Little Theatre and Academy is proud to announce that tickets are on sale for Children of Eden The Musical, SLT’s first live production in 15 months.
Children of Eden will be performed in concert with a large community choir and orchestra in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Shreveport on July 23 and July 24.
Dr. Robert Darrow, SLT’s managing and artistic director, is eager to begin the theater’s 100th year celebration. “We have so looked forward to the day when our community can come together to enjoy live theatre. That day has arrived. This family-friendly musical is the perfect vehicle to kick-off SLT’s exciting theatre season, packed with centennial events and celebrations.”
Children of Eden’s book is by John Caird (Les Misérables and Jane Eyre), and score is by Academy Award winning writer Stephen Schwartz (stage: Wicked, Godspell, Pippin — film: Enchanted, The Prince of Egypt, Pocahontas). The musical is based on a concept by Charles Lisanbyl and the story of Genesis, centering around the age-old conflict of parents and children in this epic, heartfelt Stephen Schwartz musical.
The musical can be described as a joyous and inspirational story about parents, children, and faith. Adam, Eve, Noah, and the “Father” who created them, deal with the headstrong and cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet, but inspiring message–that the hardest part of love is letting go.
“The concert will emulate the staging of Greek theatre by taking a minimalist approach. The highlights of the staging will enhance the orchestra and singers—telling the story without the distraction of the spectacle,” according to director Laura Beeman Nugent. Adam Philley is the production’s musical director, with Eddie Carney serving as pianist, and Josh Hires as production assistant.
The large cast is led by Matt Rawle as Father, Cordara Newson as Adam, LisaAnn Kemper as Eve, Luke Digilormo as Cain, Saige Williams as Abel, Asher Walsworth as Young Cain and Resaiah Harris as Young Abel. The large cast also includes Ron Walsworth as Noah, D’Nissa Hester as Mama Noah, Jeremy Yang as Japeth, Cecilia Shahrdar as Yonah, Ty Nelson as Shem, Susan Kurian as Aphra, Josh Hires as Ham, and Kezia Pigford as Aysha.
The storytellers of the piece are Tianna Andrews, Amanda Ericson, Sarah Franklin, Brittany Gay, Karyn Rimmer, LaTonya Carter, Madalyn Eagles, Morgan Goldsberry, Sachiri Henderson, Serena Lee, Gabby McFerren, Joy Rester, Tierra Willaims, and River Young.
The musical will also feature a large choir composed of area church choir members in addition to a live orchestra. Performances are scheduled for July 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., and July 24 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Shreveport, 543 Ockley Drive.
All tickets are $25, general admission, and are on sale now.
Tickets can be purchased online at shreveportlittletheatre.com, and by calling or visiting SLT’s box office at 812 Margaret Place, noon – 4 p.m. weekdays, (318) 424-4439.
Story contributed by Shreveport Little Theater.