'Children of Eden' to Open Thursday, April 12

After weeks of performance preparation, design development, and technical work, the Southwestern College Theatre Department’s production of “Children of Eden” premieres Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center with an optional four-course dinner to be held at 6 p.m. in the Helen Graham Little Theatre.

Bethot Children of Eden

“Children of Eden,” a contemporary musical by Stephen Schwartz (creator of “Wicked,” “Godspell,” and “Pippin) is inspired by the creation and flood stories from the Bible.
“Our production is set in a desert land inhabited by a multicultural tribe who enact the stories and songs of the musical in order to teach each other lessons about family, parenting, and the importance of beauty and hope in their lives,” says director Allyson Moon.  “The music is truly beautiful and inspiring.”

According to Moon, one “Children of Eden” actor takes this role of teacher to another level. Matt Berthot, who teaches vocal music at Winfield High School as well as musical theatre ensemble at Southwestern College, plays the role of Father. 

“In his job, he is a teacher of students, but in this show he is the teacher for the whole world as the role of Father,” Moon says.

“I have absolutely loved playing the part of Father,” Berthot says.  “It’s by far been the most challenging role I’ve taken on and has really stretched my abilities as an actor and a musician.”

“Children of Eden” will be performed in the Richardson Performing Arts Center, Thursday-Sunday, April 12-15, with show times at 7:30 p.m. on April 12-14 and 2 p.m. on April 15.  In addition to the production, an optional dinner featuring roasted turkey breast and baked apple dumpling will be offered.  Dinner times are 6 p.m. on April 12-14 and 12:30 p.m. on April 15 with the meal served in the Helen Graham Little Theatre. Tickets can be purchased by calling (620) 221-7720, emailing, or at the box office upon arrival at the show. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.


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