Xavier Players theater group presents Children of Eden on campus during Family Weekend

The inspirational musical based on the Genesis story is designed for families and church groups | October 12, 2009

Children of Eden, a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith, is being presented at Xavier on Oct. 22-25. The play, by John Caird with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, is based on the story of Genesis.

Children of Eden is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. 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.”

“Audiences immediately experience that the relationships between Father, Adam and Eve have more to do with earthly families, their immediate challenges and their generational legacies,” says Cathy Springfield, director of performing arts at Xavier. “It is a perfect show to run during Xavier’s annual Family Weekend.”

Cast members are working with students with disabilities this year and are promoting the Starfire Council and its efforts. It is the philosophy of the Xavier Players to combine real-life experiences in the form of meaningful service that relates to the issues presented in the plays. The Players believes it is in this act of service that one truly becomes socially aware.

All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center Theater. On Oct. 24, an additional performance is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 each. Xavier students, faculty and staff pay $7 if purchased the day of the show or $5 if purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at the Players' web site.