Jeff Spanke plays Father in Children of Eden, the fourth production of the 2008-2009 Mainstage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz, the book is by John Caird.
Although this production marks his debut at Civic, Jeff had been involved with a production of Children of Eden about eight years ago. One of his friends works with Kate Walker, the director, and he decided to audition once he learned Civic was mounting a production of the show.
Jeff explained how Father grows through the course of the show.
"In the first act, Father creates the world and children to inhabit it," he said. "He is very childlike and innocent in a good way: He wants people to get along, to listen to him, to love each other and to love what he has made. In the second act he learns that if you love someone, you sometimes have to let them make mistakes and grow."
Jeff concluded by suggesting what an audience will take from a performance of the show.
"Kate has compiled a wonderful cast," he began. "From a purely aesthetic level, people will see that it's a good show and fun to watch. Down the line, people will see that the show has substance. It doesn't follow Scripture entirely, but the lessons about love, companionship and sacrifice are relevant today and tomorrow."
Children of Eden opens March 6 and runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through March 22. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon shows begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a performance Thursday, March 19, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.
For more information about the show or to order tickets, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.