The youth production of Children of Eden, Stephen Schwartz's epic musical based on the Book of Genesis, has announced its cast. Performances will begin 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.
Maron will direct and choreograph the production, which will feature music direction by Alex Ratner.
The cast includes Paul J. Hernandez 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 Schwerner as Young Cain and Ryan Hatzlhoffer as Young Abel.
The Snake will be 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.
A reading of the youth version was held Feb. 22 at Northwestern University. The full production (with children ages 6-18) will bow this summer at the Summit Playhouse in New Jersey with previews scheduled July 17-19 (tentatively opening on July 23 or 24) for a run through Aug. 2.