Children of Eden to be Staged on LCU Campus
Brandon Greer, Staff Writer
Jul. 17, 2013
Collaboration of local churches and LCU displays array of talented actors
In the summer of 2012, Dr. Laurie Doyle, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, forged a partnership between Broadway Church of Christ, Monterey Church of Christ, and Lubbock Christian University Theatre to collaborate on a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
"I knew there were a lot of people in churches with a lot of talent ... great actors, lots of really good singers," Dr. Doyle said about her decision to put on a show in the summer. "A lot of people, once they're out of college, they don't have a chance to perform. If I could offer this opportunity to people who want to perform, we could give them an outlet for the talents that God gave them."
Featuring LCU alumni, students, and members from various churches in Lubbock, the show was a tremendous success. This year, Doyle, LCU Theatre, Broadway, and Monterey will be following up their first-year success with Children of Eden by Stephen Schwartz and John Caird. The play follows the stories of Adam and Eve in Act 1, and Noah in Act 2.
The cast is still in the early stages of rehearsal, working on memorizing lines and music, though they have also begun to stage several scenes. Work on costumes and scenery is already in progress, with LaVena Skelton and Judy Linker costuming the show, and with Gary Moyers and Shawn Hughes designing the sets. The cast is made up of a very diverse group of people with different talents and hobbies. This assortment is perfect for a theatrical production. Dr. Doyle said that her favorite experiences thus far into production have been reconnecting with LCU alumni and some of the cast from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
"Children of Eden reminds us that God is our father, and He wants us to do what is right. We may disappoint Him like Adam and Eve did, but through His grace, He gives us a second chance," Dr. Doyle said.
Children of Eden explores the relationship between parents and children and is an adaptation of biblical stories. It is very loosely based on the Bible, but its theme resonates with young and old as it explores the conflict between parents and children.
Children of Eden will be staged in the McDonald Moody Auditorium on the LCU campus at 7:30 pm each evening, August 9th-11th. All reserved seats are priced at $10 each. For ticket information, please go to www.lcu.edu/tickets or call 806-720-7429.