Student actors bring familiar stories from the Book of Genesis to life in Children of Eden, the 2019-2020 musical theater production at George School. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) and book by John Caird, “the musical gives us the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the art of storytelling,” says Director and Arts Department Head Mo West, as it tells—and sings—the tales of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah and the flood.
The production goes beyond merely “telling stories that people already know,” explains Mo, to “sharing the people, their experiences, and the emotion of the stories. The musical is the truest definition of impressionism—to provide just enough art to evoke emotion. We are painting pictures with movement and color.”
Naomi Namboodiripad ’20, who plays Eve, concurs. “I was surprised by the emotional depth of the stories. The musical explores more of the human side of these events we usually only read about.”
For Leo Hu ’22, who plays Ham, Noah’s second son, this is his first theater performance. “I was excited to be selected for the cast,” he says, “and I am looking forward to growing as an actor.”
Children of Eden takes to the Walton stage on Friday, February 21, 2020, and Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Performances are free and open to the public.