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LA JOLLA, CA – The award-winning J*Company Youth Theatre, a program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, is pleased to announce its production of CHILDREN OF EDEN, A Joyous New Musical based on The Garden of Eden and Noah’s Ark.  Performances run May 13 – 22, 2011 at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre.


From Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Pocahontas and Prince of Egypt) and John Caird of Les Miserables, comes an inspirational musical for all ages about parents, children and unconditional love.  Freely based on the story of Genesis, CHILDREN OF EDEN is a musical that rivals the spectacle of The Lion King with “The Naming of the Animals’ and of course welcoming the animals on the ark.  Adam, Eve, Noah and the Father who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children.  The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message that “the hardest part of love…is letting go.”  For all ages.


J*Company Artistic Director, and Broadway Veteran, Joey Landwehr will be directing the production and also playing the role of Father.  “The plot of CHILDREN OF EDENdeals with parents and children,” said Landwehr.  “I often look at these young artists as my children, so I’m honored to have the opportunity to play this role.”


“One of the songs in the show says ‘the hardest part of love is letting go,’” said Landwehr.  “As I see these young people grow and then age out of J*Company I feel like the father bird nudging them out of their theatrical nest to watch them fly to new heights. The lyrics could not be more true.”


Landwehr has worked extensively as an actor and director in New York City, both on and off Broadway, as well as in national tours and regional theatre.   He has studied under such instructors as Betty Buckley, Marcel Marceau, Francis Sternhagen, F. Murray Abraham, Twyla Tharpe, and has had the privilege of working with great performers such as Phyllis Diller, Sam Harris, Joel Grey, Kaye Ballard, Michael Feinstein, Kristen Chenowith, and Howard Keel.  Landwehr is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). He was honored in 2006 by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine as one of the 40 San Diego residents under the age of 40 who are making significant contributions to the community.  Landwehr most recently directed The King and I, The Sound ofMusic, Cinderella, and Fiddler on the Roof for J*Company.


Heading the cast of CHILDREN OF EDEN: 

Meadowlark Cast performing on: 05/13, 05/15@1:00pm, 5/19, 5/21 and 5/22@4:30pm

Role                                                    Young Artist              Age      School                                     

Cain                                                      David Ahmadian            13            Carmel Valley Middle School    
Japeth                                                 Adam Burnier                 17            High Tech High International   
Abel                                                      Cameron Chang            12           Earl Warren Middle School      
Shem                                                    Griffin Danninger         13            Earl Warren Middle School      
Ham                                                      Ryan Hastings-Echo   16           La Jolla Country Day   
Noah                                                    Daniel Myers                   18           High Tech High International   
Adam                                                   Darien Sepulveda          18           High Tech High International   
Yonah                                                  Jesse Carpentier            18           Julian Charter 
Eve                                                        Lindsey Grant                                15           Canyon Crest Academy   
Mama Noah                                     Gabriela Lipson             14           San Diego Jewish Academy       
Aphra                                                  Rebecca Myers               15           High Tech High International   
Aysha                                                  Kaydon Schanberger  15           Scripps Ranch High School      
Young Abel                                      Cameron Pazek                9           Curie Elementary       
Young Cain                                      Nicholas Setzer              11            Ashley Falls   
Role of Father                                 Joey Landwehr                       

Lion Tamer Cast performing on: 5/14, 5/15@4:30, 5/20 and 5/22@1:00pm

Role                                        Young Artist           Age      School                                    

Japeth                                                  David Ahmadian               13           Carmel Valley Middle School    
Young Abel                                         Alexander Barwin            10           San Diego Jewish Academy       
Cain                                                       Adam Burnier                    17           High Tech High International   
Ham                                                       Cameron Chang                12           Earl Warren Middle School      
Shem                                                    Griffin Danninger             13           Earl Warren Middle School      
Aysha                                                    Kendal Dastrup 14           Scripps Ranch High School      
Abel                                                       Ryan Hastings-Echo         16           La Jolla Country Day   
Mama Noah                                       Maddie Houts                   16           Canyon Crest Academy   
Eve                                                         Naomi McPherson          17           High Tech High International   
Adam                                                    Daniel Myers                     18           High Tech High International   
Young Cain                                          Nick Riazanov                    14           Standley Middle School 
Yonah                                                   Ashlen Sepulveda            16           High Tech High International   
Noah                                                     Darien Sepulveda             18            High Tech High International 
Aphra                                                   Celia Tedde                        13            San Diego Cooperative Charter School

Role of Father                                   Joey   Landwehr                      


Show Dates and Times:


Friday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. (School Show)

Saturday May 14, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 15, 1:00 & 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                         

Friday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. (School Show)

Saturday, May 21, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 22, 1:00 & 4:30 p.m. 


General Information 


Tickets for CHILDREN OF EDEN are $14.00 for children and $16.00 for adults and are available online at or by calling the JCC Box Office at 858-362-1348.  The David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre is located at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS at 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla.


Photo by Daniel Baird


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