“Children Of Eden” Musical Held May 18 & 19 At Cito Church
Audiences learned about the “hardest part of love” in this year’s community musical held May 18 and 19 at Cito United Methodist Church as several churches in the community invited everyone to explore two families from the book of Genesis. Act I visited the events of Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel, and Act II explored the events in the life of Noah aboard the ark. From the creation of the world to its destruction, this musical full of dance, light comedy and the talents of the company, were thoroughly delighted to see the Bible in live action.
In August of 2002, John and Karen Godissart directed and performed in “Children of Eden” in Renovo, Pa. Karen shared how they were touched by the power of the music and the story, in spite of the biblical discrepancies. Fictional characters were invented and events “altered” – the storyline was fictional based on biblical truth. However, those alterations serve to emphasize a very important truth – God’s incredible love for us, His children.
A lot has changed in those 10 years since Pastor John and Karen were first introduced to “Children of Eden” – most importantly, the size of their family. As parents of four young children, they have been finding out the depths of their love for their children, which is only a fraction of the love God, our Father, has for us. And in the midst of their amazing love for them, they have also experienced great frustration over not being able to control their children and “force” them to do what they want them to do. God chose to give us the freedom to choose. In the show, audiences heard the Father sing, “ In your hands, I place the key to this prison made of gratitude, which has held you close to me. Now I know I cannot hold you till at last I let you be ... free” (“Precious Children”). The cast sang “ Our hands can choose to drop the knife; our hearts can choose to stop the hating ... ” (“In the Beginning”). But the most important choice we have to make is what we do with God’s Son, Jesus Christ. After the fall of Adam and Eve, God offered us new life in the “new Adam,” Jesus. “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (1 Cor. 15: 21-22) It’s up to us whether or not we choose to open the Gift of eternal life with Him in heaven through receiving Christ as our Savior and Lord. It is only by asking Jesus to be Lord of our life that we can return to the perfection of the Garden of Eden in eternity.
Never before has the crew and cast experienced so many trials and tribulations in producing a show. Between scheduling conflicts, health issues leading to several casting changes, and technicalities and logistics, it is truly a miracle and by God’s grace that the show was able to be brought to the community. The sheer difficulty of the music that was so aptly brought to the audiences through an amazing orchestra pit and musical direction is to be applauded.
The behind-the-scenes crew from lighting and spots, sound, Voyager Music, the trustees of the church, the Renovo Area Charge, costuming, and to the community who donated monetary support should know that they are appreciated by the fabulous performances given. Without their support this musical could not happen.
“ Children of Eden” with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by John Caird, and based on a concept by Charles Lisanby was presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials were also supplied by MTI, New York.
“Children of Eden” is the communities seventh musical production held since 2006 and funded in part by the generous support of the local community and area congregations.