The production team (listed alphabetically by title) includes:
Artistic Director – Tim L. Waltner
Choral Director – Dan Graber
Choreography Director – Kathryn Reimler
Costumes – Heather Haggerty
Lighting Director– Jeffrey Preheim
Makeup-Animals – Jackie Goosen
Makeup-Cast – Jill Hofer
Orchestra Conductor – Mindee Birnstiehl
Producer – Freeman Academy Auxiliary Program Committee, Amy Hofer Vetch - chair
Production Consultant – Jeremy Waltner
Props – Deb Beier
Set Construction – Jarrod Preheim
Set Design – Michelle Hofer
Sound Design– Chris Glanzer
Stage Manager – Brad Carlson
“Children of Eden” is a two-act musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John Caird. The musical is based on two familiar stories from the book of Genesis. Act I tells the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel. Act II tells the story of Noah and the flood.
“Children of Eden” has been described as “A joyous and inspirational musical about the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message that “the hardest part of love... is letting go.”
Auditions have been tentatively scheduled for the first week of December.
“That’s earlier than previous musicals,” said director Tim L. Waltner. “But given the significant amount of music in this show for both actors and the chorus, I’m hoping to begin rehearsals in early January.”
The chorus, which provides musical narration for the show, is an essential and major component in the musical, Waltner said, and is involved in more than half the scenes.
In addition to the adult actors and chorus, the show requires children and youth, primarily to help portray the animals that appear in the Garden of Eden and in the story of Noah and the ark.
More details about auditions, including character descriptions, will be announced later this fall.
Tickets for the 2014 Schmeckfest musical and meal go on sale in November; more information about the festival is available at Schmeckfest.com.
The show is being presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.