Auditions will be held Tuesday, May 30, and Wednesday, May 31, at Lemont High School, 800 Porter Street.
Online audition sign-up will be available beginning May 1. Auditionees are asked to sign up for a one-hour time slot between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on one of the audition dates. Must be at least 11 years old by Aug. 1, 2023.
Call backs, if needed, will be Thursday, June 1. If cast, a $50 fee is required for participation.
Performances of Children of Eden will be Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 23, at 2 p.m.
Register Starting May 1. Button below will be active on that date. Watch this space!
Important Audition Information
Seeking an energetic cast of approximately 60 performers. Dancers and movers wanted! Audition will include a vocal selection, dance sequence, and a script reading. Please bring a headshot and resume if you have one.
VOCAL: Please prepare 32 bars of an up-tempo musical theater song that best shows off your range and personality. You MAY sing a song from the show. Bring sheet music in your key, accompanist will be provided. No acapella singing or singing to a track please.
DANCE: Everyone will be expected to do the dance audition. All characters except Father have movement/dance throughout the show. Please bring comfortable clothing and footwear for the dance audition.
ACTING: : Everyone will need to prepare a short MEMORIZED reading from the script. Please select ONE from the link titled Script Selections below. Those actors Ages 11-14 - ONLY need to read/memorize the FIRST Side. Everyone else please select one from the list.
Please complete the audition forms available through the Audition Packet button below and bring them with you to your audition. It is important that you know your schedule for June and July, and note the dates you will be late or absent on the conflict calendar in the packet.
Rehearsals will be Mondays through Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Conflicts will be taken into consideration in casting decisions. There can be no conflicts or late arrivals from July 14 through 23.
From the composer of “Wicked”, Stephen Schwartz’s epic musical “Children Of Eden” brings to life a theatrical interpretation of the stories of Genesis through the lens of family relationships.
Themes such as personal responsibility, rebellion, intellectual independence and faith as well as overcoming family dysfunctions are all a part of this beautifully powerful and passionate musical. Told mostly in song, the show weaves the musical styles of rock, pop, gospel and traditional musical theater providing much room to ponder and “make the journey worth the taking.”
Actors of all educational levels, cultures, ethnicities, races, gender identities, veteran’s status, religions, disabilities, body types, and beliefs are welcome and encouraged to audition. The character descriptions included below describe how the character was originally written but not necessarily how they will be cast.
Cast of Characters In Order of Appearance: Ages 11 - Adult
FATHER: (Adult Male, strong and powerful, Baritone G3-A5) Non Dancer. Protective, commanding, nurturing, loving, paternal, and at times frightening. He creates the perfect Universe for Adam and Eve thinking that would be enough but learns over time the trials, joys and heartbreak of being a Father.
STORYTELLERS: : All Ages (11-Adult, All Vocal parts) Movers, Dancers. The Greek Chorus who are the ever present heart and pulse of the story. Should be able to move well to manipulate stairs and platforms on a variety of levels**. Many opportunities for featured singers, duets, trios, and small groups. Will be some of Noah’s Ark animals.
** We are able to accommodate Storytellers who cannot manipulate stairs.
FEATURED DANCER STORYTELLERS: (All Ages 11-Adult, All Vocal Parts) Excellent Dancers & Movers. Storytellers who help tell the story in movement. Will need to learn larger ensemble vocal numbers. Will be some of Noah’s Ark animals/Snake’s Tail.
ADAM: (College/Adult Male, Tenor A3-A5) Mover. Loving, eager, child-like view of the world and following rules. Grows to show quiet strength and passion. Will be a Storyteller in Act 2.
EVE: (College/Adult Female, Mezzo-Soprano Belter G3-A5) Mover. Inquisitive, curious, precocious, energetic, bright & eager to learn more. Will be a Storyteller in Act 2.
SNAKE: (High School/College/Adult, Any Gender A3-E5) Featured Dancer/Singer. Crafty, manipulative, charming. (Snake will have some solo parts of the song and spoken lines) **Featured Dancers will be the Snake’s tail/Featured Storytellers will be additional vocal parts.** Will be Storyteller/Dancer in Act 2.
YOUNG ABEL: (Elementary School/Middle School Male, Countertenor B3-D5) Mover. Loving, rule follower, dutiful, diligent. Will be a Storyteller in Act 1 & 2.
YOUNG CAIN: (Elementary School/Middle School Male, Countertenor B3-D5) Mover. Passionate, headstrong, loving. Will be a Storyteller in Act 1 & 2.
CAIN: (High School/College/Adult Male, Strong Tenor B3-A5) Mover/Stage Combat. Passionate, impulsive, rebellious, yearning passion to go “beyond” - mirrors Eve’s ambition. Will be a Storyteller in Act 2.
ABEL: (High School/College/Adult Male, Tenor B3-G5) Mover/Stage Combat. Rule follower, conservative, obedient, gentle. Will be a Storyteller in Act 2.
NOAH: (College/Adult Male, Strong Tenor A3-A5) Mover. Dutiful and diligent, obedient, protective, patriarchal, God Fearing & God Loving. Will be a Storyteller in Act 1.
MAMA NOAH: (College/Adult Female, Strong Mezzo-Soprano G3-A5) Mover. Caring, wise, joyous, motherly, hopeful. Will be a Storyteller in Act 1.
YONAH: (High School/College /Adult Female, Mezzo Soprano G3-G5) Mover. Humble, loving, sweet, innocent yet driven, courageous, genuine. Will be a storyteller in Act 1.
JAPETH: (High School/College/Adult Male, Tenor B3-A5) Mover. Inquisitive, clever, courageous, independent, lover. Will be a Storyteller in Act 1.
HAM: (High School/College/Adult Male Tenor B3-G5 Mover. Rule follower, obedient, homebody. Will be a Storyteller in Act 1
SHEM: (High School/College/Adult Male, Tenor B3-E5) Mover. Innocent, adventurous, rule follower, strong. Will be a Storyteller in Act 1.
APHRA: (High School/College/Adult Female, Alto B3-E5) Mover. Pregnant, difficult, anxious, stressed, worried, Ham’s wife. Will be a Storyteller in Act 1.
AYSHA: (High School/College/Adult Female, Alto B3-E5) Mover. Family oriented, rule-follower, worried, Shem’s wife. Will be a Storyteller in Act 1.
Meet the Team
Co-Producers: Sandy Doebert & Kate Loeffler
Director: Heather Hutchison
Assistant Director: Diane Link
Vocal Director: Matthew Recio
Music Director: Matthew Doherty
Choreographer: Brenda Perez de Tejada
Assistant Choreographer: Darby Schober
Stage Manager: Matt Gottardo
Sound Designer & Tech Adviser: Andrew Stratton
Lighting Designer: Bartlomiej Maciol
Set Designer: Brett Baleskie
Co-Costume Designers: Judy Gordon & Kristina Kuzmicki
Makeup Designer: Diane Link
Hair Designer: Lynn Hodak
Prop Manager: Alexander Vjestica