July 5, 2016 | Caroline Thompson
With the tasks that accompanied graduating high school and starting college, from SATs, to college applications, to picking out coordinating bedding with my roommate, there was hardly any time for me to partake in theatre. Despite how many nights I spent wishing I were at rehearsal, I wasn’t able to perform in a musical. This summer, now that I have finished my Freshman year of college and I have some free time, the possibility of performing in a musical was more welcome and exciting than ever. Thus, in addition to working as the Square Foot Theatre’s Summer Business Intern, I am currently performing as Aysha in the theatre’s landmark 50th production – Children of Eden!
We are nearly three weeks into our rehearsal process at this point, which is a mind-blowing thought. It feels as if we just started working, but we only have about 5 weeks of rehearsals left! Despite how fast time has been passing, I already feel as if I am a part of this “theatre family”. Everyone, from the adults to the children, to my fellow SFT newbies to the seasoned vets, from the cast to the staff, has been so incredibly warm, welcoming, and enthusiastic about making this production the best version of itself that it can possibly be.
Whenever I mention the name “Children of Eden”, the first thing anyone asks me is what the show is about. For a while, I had to say that I didn’t know either. The musical has never graced the stages of Broadway, and is one of Stephen Schwartz’s (the composer of Wicked, Godspell) lesser-known works. Nevertheless, I can now say that it is a show that I fell in love with from the first time I heard “The Spark of Creation”, one of the show’s most popular and well-known songs. “Children of Eden” is a unique and evocative production. The show surrounds Biblical themes, but can be meaningful to anyone, no matter what their beliefs.
If you want to see what I mean, you have to come see the show! Tickets are now on sale at squarefoottheatre.com/tickets for the production, which runs August 11-14. This cast is not only one of the most welcoming and affable casts I have ever been a part of, but I can honestly say they are also the most talented. I promise you, you don’t want to miss this one!