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Auditions Planned for College-Community Summer Theatre Production

'Children of Eden' Selected as 40th Anniversary Show

April 25, 2012

Wilmington College-Community Summer Theatre will present Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden as it observes its 40th summer season with four shows, July 19, 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m., and July 22, at 2:30 p.m., in WC’s Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

Auditions will be held May 14, 15 and 17, at 7:00 p.m., at the theatre.

Director Steven Haines encourages those interested in auditioning to attend as many of the sessions as they wish. Auditions are open to anyone 13 and older.

“You will be allowed full participation each and every time you are present,” he said, noting the auditions will involve both vocal and dance work. He requests those attending dress comfortably and wear shoes that will allow controlled and easy movement.

“You will be taught anything you might need to know at the audition so there is no need to prepare,” he added. “Also, you may find that you are given some homework prior to a subsequent round of auditions should the directors want to hear you perform some of the actual show material.”

Haines stressed that this production of Children of Eden will not be a re-staging or re-creation of the summer theatre’s presentation in 2000.

“Our production for this summer is a completely new staging and a completely re-envisioned production,” he said, noting that quite a bit of pre-production conferencing has been done. “I am excited by the prospects and thrilled to have another opportunity to direct this wonderful show, and most eager to get things going!”

Children of Eden is a two-act musical by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell).

Act One is a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden, and Cain and Abel, while Act Two retells the story of Noah and his family, the ark, the animals and the Great Flood.

“The bottom line is that this is a show about children and parents, testing boundaries, faith and reconciliation,” Haines said. “The show requires a very large cast and contains massive amounts of choral singing.”

Children of Eden features more than 16 “solo character” roles in the show, which requires the cast to be onstage most of the time. The entire cast will dance to some extent, however a small group of dancers will figure prominently in the staging of the show, he said.

Limited rehearsals will begin on May 21 with “full-throttle” rehearsals commencing June 4.

Joining Haines on the production team are Wynn Alexander, set and costume designer; Becky Haines, lights and sound; Matt Spradlin, music director; Luke Williams, Haines’ assistant with vocal preparation and rehearsal keyboardist; and Cole Hough, choreographer.

For more information, Haines can be reached via email at shaines200@yahoo.com.