From Adam and Eve to Noah and his ark, two of the most well-known stories from the opening book of the Bible are going to be told in a different way at the Aurora Theatre later this month.
The theater will perform “Children of Eden,” which is a musical adaptation of the Book of Genesis, on its main stage from July 18 until Sept. 1. While it’s mainly centered around the story of creation as well as Noah’s Ark, the main focus of the story is the relationships between parents and children, according to Aurora officials.
“Because we are on the precipice of incredible growth here at Aurora Theatre with our upcoming campus expansion, selecting ‘Children of Eden’ as our musical opener for the 2019-2020 was an obvious choice,” director Justin Anderson said.
“Among its many themes, it introduces the notion of dreaming beyond current circumstances, limitations and resources in order to embrace a more abundant and impactful future.”
“Children of Eden” will be the opening show for Season 24 at the Aurora Theatre. Single tickets start at $30 and are now on sale at bit.ly/ChildrenofEden or by calling 678-226-6222.
There will be discount matinees at 10 a.m. July 30 and Aug. 20. The theater is located at 128 E. Pike St. in Lawrenceville.
The book for the show was written by John Caird while the music and lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz.
“Father” will be played by Brad Raymond, who has performed at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Light Opera Works of Chicago, Arena Stage, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Atlanta Opera and the Alliance Theatre.
Maxim Gukhman will play Adam and Noah and Naima Carter Russell will play Eve and “Mama.”
The show will also feature a large ensemble cast including Russell Alexander II, Haden Rider, Briana Young and Leslie Bellair. The Aurora’s Ann-Carol Pence is serving as musical director and Ricardo Aponte is the choreographer.