brings “Eden” to children
AZ- October 30, 2008 - After selling out its final
performances of RENT – School Edition,
Greasepaint Youtheatre now turns its sights to Children of Eden. The
musical, whose score was penned by Broadway’s Wicked composer, Stephen Schwartz, is a frank, heartfelt and
humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children.
Freely based on the story of Genesis, Children
of Eden takes us from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to Noah and his
Ark. A departure, to be sure, from
the provocative and edgy material of the company’s acclaimed season opener, RENT.
“For me, one of the most important goals of doing
theatre for youth is that we are constantly challenging our kids,” says D.
Scott Withers, Greasepaint’s Artistic Director. “Part of that challenge includes providing them with
diverse stylistic offerings. Children
of Eden allows us to open up to younger performers while still challenging
them with a tough score and a familiar, yet emotionally charged story.
Challenge is the key to really getting these thirty young artists to work
together to commit and focus on a goal that maybe they didn’t even realize
they were capable of achieving.”
Youtheatre’s mission is to provide
unique and compelling theatre experiences that challenge young people to stretch
the boundaries of imagination and awareness and achieve a positive sense of
self. “With Children
of Eden we continue to reach toward that mission,” says Withers, “and at
the same time provide quality entertainment for the whole family.
The score is filled with joyous and moving music that ranges from pop and
gospel to folk and reggae – there’s a little bit of something for
for the Children of Eden are $16.50.
Performances are Fridays at 7PM, Saturdays at 2 and 7PM and Sundays at
2PM from December 5th to December 21st at the Stagebrush
Theatre located at 7020 East 2nd Street, on the northeast corner of 2nd
Street and Goldwater in downtown Scottsdale.
For more information or to purchase tickets call (480)
990-7405 or visit www.greasepaint.org.