The Bellevue Little Theatre opened its 43rd season last Friday night with “Children of Eden,” the Steven Schwartz (of “Wicked” fame) musical that tells the stories of Adam and Eve and Noah and the ark.
The production runs for two more weekends at the Bellevue Little Theatre, 203 W. Mission, in Old Town Bellevue, Neb.
“Children of Eden” combines Biblical history with lively songs and exciting dance moves. The first act focuses on Adam and Eve; while the second act shares the story of Noah and the ark. Director/choreographer Julian Adair assembled a talented cast of all ages.
Most of the cast plays double duty in the show portraying some parts in the first act and different characters in the second act. Adam Hogston plays Adam and Angie Heim plays Eve.
Father is played well by Joshua James Brown in both acts. His stage presence is strong and his voice has an equal quality. Storytellers guide the audience along the show’s route.
The cast also includes Kevin Olsen as Noah, Jennifer Bull as Mama Noah, Kyle Avery as Japheth, Max Hauze and Kyle Avery as Abel, Brock McCullough and Brad Hildebrandt as Cain, Rochelle Pickett as Yonah, Hogston as Shem, Lindsay Van Horn as Aysha, Hildebrandt as Ham and Angel Fick as Aphra.
Musical director Kevin Smith, who also plays in the orchestra with four other musicians, did a great job with the musical score. The first act songs include “Let There Be,” “The Naming, “Close to Home,” “Children of Eden,” and “The Spark of Creation.”
The second act chronicles Noah and the ark. The opening musical number of the second act “Generations” features the entire cast and is an extremely exciting number.
Songs in the second act include “The Flood,” “The Return of the Animals,” “Isn’t it Good,” “In the Beginning” and “Sailor of the Skies.”
There are many children in the show, some exciting dance numbers and some very funny scenes.
A solid cast and fun music make “Children of Eden” a great Bible lesson for everyone.
The musical runs through Oct. 2 with curtain at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $9 for students.
Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling (402) 291-1554 Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Reviewer Loyal Fairman can be reached at email@example.com.