Sunday, February 22, 2009

In the Wings: Children of Eden. Meet Kate Walker, the director.

Kate Walker directs 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.

Kate was initially drawn to the show because of the involvement of Stephen Schwartz, whom she says writes music that is complex, fun to direct and challenging to perform. She further fell in love with the show because of the story.

"It is loosely based on the Book of Genesis," Kate said. "The audience will see commonalities between their relationships with their children and siblings, and the relationships between Father, who represents God, and his creation, the Children of Eden. The show has age-old themes.

"Audience members will see themselves in the characters, and they can relate to Eve or Adam, or Cain or Abel, or Father. Although these are Biblical names, they represent every person, every relationship and the struggle of letting go."

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.

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