Children of Eden: an Apex High Production

As some people know, the theatre and music department of AHS have been working on the Children of Eden musical production. Students and staff have been staying after school rehearsing and working on tech for months while the performance date is quickly creeping up. The opening performance night is March 7, and performances continue until March 9. I am very curious to see how this show will turn out as it is said to be a very complex production, especially compared to the musical last year, Cinderella. This year the musical, Children of Eden, is a two-act production based on the Book of Genesis. Both acts show different stories. Act one shows the story of Adam, Eve, Abel, and Cain while act two shows more of the story of  Noah and the flood. I went around asking some of the people working in the production some questions about what they think of this years musical. Keep reading to find out more about the people working in it and how they think this years musical will turn out!

 

Ms. Levine

Q: What is your role in the production?

A: I’m the director and tech director.

Q: Have you been/worked on an Apex High production before?

A: Yes!

Q: What were they?

A: The first one I worked on was the musical Les Mis; I also did the musicals Cinderella

and Addams Family. Some plays I did were Twelve Angry Men and this year’s play,

Twelfth Night.

Q: How is this production different from the ones before?

A: This is definitely the most challenging production since Le Mis; it is almost all music

because there are forty-three songs. I think this musical has a really strong message and

will have a big impact on the audience and people in the show.

Q: How is the atmosphere of the show?

A: Really fun! Everyone works as a team and ensemble, and they are really positive.

There are also a lot of upperclassmen helping out and being good role models for the

lowerclassmen.

Q: How do you think the final production of the show will turn out?

A: Good, we got some work to do, but I think it will be a really good show.

 

Shannon Schmalzbauer

Q: What is your role in the production?

A: I play Eve and Mama Noah in Children of Eden

Q: Have you been/worked on an Apex High production before?

A:Yes, I have been in five shows at Apex, this being my fifth show.

Q: What were they?

A: Freshman year – 9 to 5 musical

Sophomore year – Twelve Angry Men play and Cinderella musical

Junior year – Twelfth Night play and Children of Eden musical

I’ve been in nine shows in my life , but five of them were at Apex.

Q: How is this production different from ones before?

A: This show is majority singing and tells two separate stories in two acts. It’s a show

that creates a true connection between the actors and the audience, and the music is SO

good. I’m very grateful to be a part of such a special musical.

Q: How is the atmosphere of the show?

A: The cast has such a great connection with each other; we are all friends and have  

shared some really great times rehearsing for the show. The closeness of this cast really

helps send the message we want to send to the audience.

Q:  How do you think the final production of the show will turn out?

A: I think the final production will be great. The cast/crew/directors have all worked so hard to make this show amazing. Our goal is to tell a great story, and I think through our hard work and passion for theatre we will make this show very special!

 

Kylie Scarpace

Q: What is your role in the production?

A: A Storyteller

Q: Have you been/worked on an Apex High production before?

A: Yes

Q: What were they?

A: I started out as an assistant stage manager for Twelve Angry Men, which was tons of fun. I’ve also been in last year’s musical, Cinderella, and this year’s play, Twelfth Night. Those were equally as fun!

Q: How is this production different from ones before?

A: I’ve had so many opportunities to bond with all the other cast members. This show represents family, forgiveness, and connections, so I’m thrilled that we’re able to show this onstage. This show is all out including the audience and making them a part of our story.

Q: How is the atmosphere of the show?

A: It’s very light-hearted and fun. We’re always laughing and joking with each other. And that’s the best part of theatre. You make so many friends and so many memories that’ll last forever.

Q: How do you think the final production of the show will turn out?

A: I’m super excited to see how it’ll turn out! It’s such a difficult show, but everyone’s been working so hard on it. I think this show will be pretty amazing because of the effort everyone’s put into it.

 

Apex High’s productions have yet to disappoint as they are always beautifully done. I will definitely be going to see the show, and I am so excited to see how the final production will turn out! Do not forget to click here to get your tickets online now. There is also an exclusive Wednesday night preview show; tickets cost five dollars, and the money is going towards the National Parks Foundation. Email or DM Ms. Levine to get more information or to buy tickets!! Find Ms. Levine’s information here. Break a leg to the cast and crew!

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