LIMA — Encore Theatre tapped a seasoned director, Missy Keller, for the musical, “Children of Eden.”
“I directed it back in 2000. I love the music and love the show. It’s been fun. Of course there are challenging days but for the most part it’s been a blast,” said Keller. “There are a lot of new people, and that’s always exciting for me because I love having new people come in and enjoying the theater. We also have a lot of families in the show. Not only mom and dad, but the kids are in it also.”
With the title being “Children of Eden,” one can guess that the storyline comes from the Bible.
“Act I is the story of creation with Adam and Eve. It goes through her having Cain and Abel and then Cain killing Abel and getting the mark of Cain. And it ends with Adam and Eve dying and it talks about her having Seth, and Seth is the promise for the new land. All that happens just in Act I,” said Keller. “It’s not exact to the Bible. They do take liberties in the show.”
The second act is the story of Noah and his family.
Storytellers are one of the key elements of the show.
“They sing and move the story forward for the audience,” said Keller. “It is absolutely beautiful music, but it is extraordinarily difficult music.”
If someone is not familiar with the stories from the Bible, no worries.
“You would not have to know anything that’s in the Bible about it. It doesn’t get really religious either. It just tells the story,” said Keller.
There are 40 actors in the musical ranging from age 6 to 52.
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