Jr. Version of Children of Eden, Adapted by College Student, Begins Performances Tonight!

News   Jr. Version of Children of Eden, Adapted by College Student, Begins Performances Tonight! The world premiere of a condensed "Jr." production of Children of Eden, Stephen Schwartz's epic musical based on the Book of Genesis, begins performances July 17 in New Jersey. 

As previously reported, Schwartz granted permission to college sophomore Lindsay Maron to adapt this production for a cast of young performers.

Anthony DeStefanis (Abel/Ham), Gianna Porfano (Yonah), Melody Atkinson (Eve/Mama), Paul J. Hernandez (Father), Stephen Schwartz, Dylan Randazzo (Cain/Japheth), Lindsay Maron (Director/Choreographer), Sean Puzzo (Graphic Designer/Assistant Director)
Anthony DeStefanis (Abel/Ham), Gianna Porfano (Yonah), Melody Atkinson (Eve/Mama), Paul J. Hernandez (Father), Stephen Schwartz, Dylan Randazzo (Cain/Japheth), Lindsay Maron (Director/Choreographer), Sean Puzzo (Graphic Designer/Assistant Director)

 

Maron is directing and choreographing the production, which features music direction by Alex Ratner. 

Though Maron is not an official creative on a definitive version in Music Theatre International's Junior catalogue, MTI is still involved. Maron has sent changes along to MTI — which are then forwarded to Schwartz for approval — and the licensing company hopes to see her finished product. It is possible, after Maron's staging of Children of Eden, that she could further develop the piece alongside the professional team.

The cast includes Michael Ferlita as Father, Steven LaMaita as Adam/Noah, Melody Atkinson as Eve/Mama, Dylan Randazzo as Cain/Japeth, Gianna Porfano as Yonah, Anthony DeStefanis as Abel/Ham, Elisabeth Lynn as Aphra, Jack Nissen as Seth/Shem, Emma Price as Aysha, Soren Schwener as Young Cain and Ryan Hatzlhoffer as Young Abel. The Snake is played by Karenna Breslow, Arielle Handler, Grace Petersen, Anna Pettigrew and Darby Ryden.

Soloists include Lindsey Cornelison, Veronica Gonzalez, Zoe Latanision, Grace Petersen, Anna Pettigrew, Emma Price, Darby Ryden and Aviva Winick. Storytellers are Julia Bavoso, Elizabeth Bigham, Katherine Ertman, Jhailyn Farcon, Jack Gullo, Abby Jeffries, Anna Jeffries, Dexter Kennedy, Madison Lagares, Will Nissen, Kate Petrella, Taryn Ryden, Priya Roychowdhury, Ariela Rozentul, Jessica Santa, Maya Slaughter and Chloe Warlick.

Children of Eden tells the story of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel in Act I and the story of Noah and the Flood in Act II.

Click here to learn more about how the musical is being adapted.

For more information, visit PixieDustPlayers.org.

Go behind the scenes with the cast in rehearsals!

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