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Trinity Catholic Schools travel back to Eden in theater production

Trinity Catholic Schools presents Children of Eden, written by two-time Tony Award winning director and playwright John Caird, accompanied by Grammy Award winning composer Stephen Schwartz. The story begins with creation as told in Genesis and ends shortly after the flood.

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Carter Ellis, in the role of 'Father,' helps lead an all-star cast of thespians in Trinity Catholic Schools' presentation of Children of Eden. (Photo by M.C. Amick / The Dickinson Press)

Complex parent-children relationships, foot-stomping music and biblical tales come together as Trinity Catholic School Junior and Senior High Schools perform ‘The Children of Eden’ on Jan. 2, 3 and 5 at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Theater.

Children of Eden is written by two-time Tony Award winning director and playwright John Caird, accompanied by Grammy Award winning composer Stephen Schwartz. The story begins with creation as told in Genesis and ends shortly after the flood.

In a show likely to resonate with parents on the relationship of a father with his children, and God’s relationship with all, Trinity’s students will break down the fourth wall of faith in a performance much needed after 2020’s pandemic struggles.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tickets have been limited to the families of cast members. However, the performances will be streamed live via Consolidated to those interested in enjoying the first performance of 2021 from the comfort of their homes.

Those wishing to view the performance may purchase tickets from the Trinity High School’s website at trinitycatholicschools.com.

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The program’s fruition comes after suffering from delays in December related to being COVID-19. Despite the delays and with the added benefit of three months of practice, the students, grades 4-12, will finally be able to perform.

Being able to perform again after months of COVID-19’s many obstacles is most exciting for Trinity Catholic Schoo’s theater program director Janel Schiff.

“The kids have been working and practicing since September and are ready to share the performance with an audience,” Schiff said.

A number of alumni have helped in a variety of ways to make this show a success, according to Schiff.

According to Music Theatre International, “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.”

The various genres of music and scenery, according to Schiff will have audiences on the edge of their seat, and will feature Schiff’s favorite song,“Children of Eden” in which Eve gives some parting words of wisdom and hope to her children:

“You will know heartache, prayers that don't work and times of bitter circumstances, but I still believe in second chances,”

The song ends with, “Children of Eden, you will reclaim us. You and your children to come. Someday you'll come home.”

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Schiff hopes this production will leave a lasting impression on audiences as it did on her, as she aspires to create an avenue to provide the audience an opportunity to reflect on their faith.

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