AUDITIONS

Unless otherwise noted below, auditions are held at the Fair Lawn Recreation Center, 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ.

Auditions for Children of Eden will be held:

Monday, June 5 – 6:30-9pm
Friday, June 9 – 6:30-9pm
Callbacks by invitation:
Sunday, June 11 – 3:30-6:30pm

Preregistration is not required, but those who preregister will not have to wait to be seen.

Book by John Caird. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

This joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith (not to mention centuries of unresolved family business), tells the story of Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them. Each deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children, learning that “the hardest part of love… is letting go.”

Director/Musical Director: Greg Paradis
Producers: Brendan Joel Bartlett and Heather Hussey Nicheski

Performances:

Friday, September 15, 8pm
Saturday, September 16, 8pm
Sunday, September 17, 2pm
Friday, September 22, 8pm
Saturday, September 23, 8pm
Sunday, September 24, 2pm

Audition Requirements:

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. You may sing from the show if you’d like. Bring sheet music in the correct key, an accompanist will be provided but will not transpose.

Audition Forms will be provided. A Head Shot and Resume is nice, but not required.

Character Breakdown:

Father – The father figure of the show; initially playful and warm, becomes cynical and jaded when not obeyed; learns how to forgive and let go as the show progresses; he wants the best for all of his children but parents with a firm hand. Protective, loving, and reminiscent of God. Gender: Male. Vocal range: G3-A5 (legit baritone).

Adam/Noah – Adam: Eve’s bright and childlike partner; he is initially devout to Father and loving to his wife and children; innocent and trusting, wide-eyed; later plagued by guilt; hard-working and reserved. Noah: rough but simple; he is unsophisticated and shrewd, but also warm and loyal; he builds the ark to save his family and honor Father; dance skills preferred. Gender: Male. Vocal range: A3-A5 (musical theater baritone).

Eve/Mama – Eve: curious and questioning, smart and excited; chose an imperfect life of knowledge over a perfect life of innocence; a childlike sense of glee and exploration is paramount; brave and fearless. Mama: Noah’s wife and inherently motherly; she possesses a gentle strength, is reassuring, and serves as the mediator of the family. Dance skills preferred. Gender: Female. Vocal range: G3-A5 (musical theater/gospel belter).

Cain/Japheth – Cain: Abel’s older, adventurous brother; follows in his mother’s footsteps and longs for the companionship of other humans; he is strong, stubborn, and independent. Japeth: in love with Yonah and is willing to sacrifice his life to be with her; he is Noah’s youngest son; clever, rebellious, stubborn. Gender: Male. Vocal range: B3-A5 (musical theater/pop tenor).

Abel/Ham – Abel: Cain’s younger and more conservative brother who follows the “rules”; he chooses his parents over Cain. Ham: Japeth’s middle brother and Aphra’s husband; he is not as docile as Japheth, nor as hot headed as Shem; looks up to and follows Shem’s lead. Gender: Male. Vocal range: B3-G5 (musical theater tenor).

Seth/Shem – Seth: Adam and Eve’s third son and their family’s second chance at life; he is innocently adventurous. Shem: the oldest of Noah’s three sons. Married to Aysha, he is impulsive, strong, and hot-tempered. Gender: Male. Vocal range: B3-E5 (musical theater tenor).

Yonah – Noah’s servant who falls in love with Japheth and becomes his wife; a descendent of Cain; she is strong, yet humble, kind, and smart. Gender: Female. Vocal range: G3-G5 (mezzo belter).

Aprha – Ham’s pregnant wife; longs for the flood to be over and is constantly worrying. Gender: Female. Vocal range: B3-E5 (mezzo).

Aysha – Shem’s wife; cynically bitter and constantly accusing those aboard the ark. Gender: Female. Vocal range: B3-E5 (mezzo).

Snake – The devil in disguise, alluring and enticing to Eve as the promise of knowledge and adulthood; a five-person jazz-harmony soft-shoe group; must be able to hold tight harmonies and sing while tap-dancing. Gender: All. Vocal range: All.

Storytellers – A diverse and lively group of narrators; heavily featured; also play animals and descendants of Adam and Eve; must be able to move well and sing while dancing. Gender: All. Vocal range: All.