Co-Arts & Life Editor
Liva Arts Company performs ‘Children of Eden’ Nov. 10 through Nov. 12 at Elm Park Methodist Church.
The performances take place on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. General admission is $10, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for University students.
Directed by senior strategic communication and psychology major Caitlin Gilby, “Children of Eden” is a musical written by Stephen Schwartz, writer of renowned musicals such as “Wicked” and “Pippin.” The show is split into two acts. The first involves the story of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel, and the second act revolves around the story of Noah and the Flood.
“It’s really unique because it’s almost like two shows in one,” Gilby said, noting the differences in the two acts.
Gilby said the show features contemporary music and delves into meaningful themes such as the relationship between parent and child, forgiveness, love and humanity.
She said it is not a comedic musical, and that the themes are very moving and powerful.
Senior mathematics and philosophy major Kateri Sternberg said she loves the message of the show.
“It’s applicable to anyone wherever they are in life, and all the themes are intertwined in the classic stories,” Sternberg, who plays the role of “Mama,” said. “I’m really going to miss the people in Liva— they are an integral part of my life and have been a family for me since my freshman year.”
Sternberg noted the beautiful and intricate music involved with the show, which Gilby said will be complemented by a pit of musicians, as well as a set based on the classic stories.
Feature performances will be made by senior Michael LaBella as “Cain,” senior Kyle Rodgers as “Adam,” junior Caroline Hickey as “Eve,” senior Patrick May as “Father,” sophomore Robert Dougherty as “Noah,” senior Kateri Sternberg as “Mama,” junior Bridget Kolf as “Yonah” and junior Buddy Stocks as “Japheth.”
“I’m really grateful to direct this semester,” Gilby said. “Seeing it come together has been powerful for me.”