The Arts

Kirkwood Presents Inspirational Musical

By December 26, 2011November 16th, 2018No Comments

Children of Eden combines the story of Adam and Eve with Noah’s Ark

Kirkwood Community College continues its fall performing art series with a production of Children of Eden. The musical is set for four performances, Nov. 3-6, in Ballantyne Auditorium. Show times Thursday, Friday and Saturday are at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Using a combination of singing, dancing and acting, Children of Eden portrays biblical stories and lighthearted humor to present universal truths about family and children. This production focuses on the difficulties and struggles of parenthood and “ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that ‘the hardest part of love… is letting go,’” said director Rick Anderson.

Children of Eden was regarded by reviewer Dan Dinero as “one of the best musicals that never made it to Broadway. This is a moving, often beautiful production; one that is appropriately both honest and sincere.”

Giving praise to play writer Stephen Schwartz, reviewer Eric D. Snider said, “Children of Eden is an emotional, exuberant piece that leaves its audience in high spirits –a truly uplifting work that entertains as well as it enlightens.”

Children of Eden is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI.

Anderson directs the student play, with musical direction by Ray Salucka. Patrick DuLaney leads the choreography for the show, with scenic and lighting design by Shelly Ford and costume design by Annee Noah.

Tickets for Children of Eden are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with current ID. Kirkwood students and employees are admitted free. Tickets are available from the Kirkwood Theatre box office in 336 Cedar Hall, or by calling (319) 398-5899, ext. 4331.