Monday, February 23, 2009

In the Wings: Children of Eden. Meet Paul Addison, the musical director.

Paul Addison is the musical director of 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.

Paul had previously worked on shows with Kate Walker, the director, and he was excited to work with her again. He also was interested in working with performers on Stephen Schwartz's music and lyrics.

"I knew that Stephen Schwartz is a great composer, but I wasn't familiar with this musical. It's not nearly as well known as some of his others like Godspell, Pippin and Wicked," Paul said. "When I first heard about Children of Eden, I was concerned that maybe the subject matter was not being treated with any depth, that it might be a fluff show. That isn't the case. Schwartz deals with some very deep issues here."

Paul said Schwartz's music is lyrical and filled with catchy melodies. He said it isn't written on a pompous, grand scale but it's more the type of music that people will hum or sing to themselves during the day.

Paul explained his duty as the show's musical director.

"I try to help the audience connect to the music. I feel that I know what the composer is trying to say," he said. "Through the singers and orchestra, I try to bring the composer's intention through to the audience."

Paul concluded by suggesting what the audience will take away from a performance of Children of Eden.

"When they see it, the audience will understand the Biblical story in a way that they've never seen it before, and in a way that only music can tell," he said.

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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