Open Auditions for Children of Eden

Open Auditions for Ridgedale Players upcoming production:

Children of Eden
Book by John Caird
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Director/Choreographer: Lindsey Brenz
Music Director: Jake Cross
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Kayla Sharpe
Producer: Sharon Brenz

Audition Dates:
✅ Monday, December 16th
5:30 pm: Parent registration for youth begins
5:45 pm: Youth audition begins
Approx. 6:30 pm: Youth audition ends
6:30 pm: Adult registration beings
7:00 pm: Adult audition begins

✅ Tuesday, December 17th
6:00 pm: Adult registration begins
6:30 pm: Adult audition begins
Approx. 7:30 pm: Callback audition begins
Audition cuts available for download below.

📧 📧 **If you cannot attend either of the audition dates, please contact the director at lbrenz@mail.gvsu.edu to arrange a pre-audition.

🗓 Performance Dates:
March 6th, 7th, 8th
March 13th, 14th, 15th
March 20th, 21st, 22nd

🔷 Synopsis: Children of Eden casts the beloved biblical stories of Genesis through the personal lens of family. An epic musical with an original cast of sixty, Children of Eden starts with the very beginning: the creation of the universe. This joyous and inspiring musical celebrates the difficulty of choice, the importance of passion, the value of questioning, and the pain in allowing those you love to take risks and face the consequences.

➡️ IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE – You might be interested in being considered for multiple roles. However, for the sake of time, the production team asks that you prepare the songs listed for the 1 character you most prefer on your first night of auditions. Subsequently, you could be asked to sing additional songs for other characters during callbacks on December 17th.

🔷 Characters:
**Age listed below is the age of the character, not necessarily the age of the actor.

Father
Baritone.
“God”. Father has a commanding presence, and a tender heart. He is a nurturing teacher of all that is right and wrong. A true father figure, he wants the best for all his children, but parents with a firm hand. Protective. Loving. Father is the only character played by the same actor in both Act I and Act II.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 55
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Storytellers
The heartbeat of this production. These 8-10 storytellers are the narrators of the show. This multi-generational group must consist of excellent singers and movers. Numerous solos are available.

Adam/Noah
Tenor.
Adam is obedient and unquestioning. Possess a bright-eyed curiosity and youthful energy. He grows from innocence to fatherhood. He is initially devout to Father and loving to his wife & children. Later plagued by guilt. Hard-working and reserved.
Noah is set in his ways but obedient. He has a special connection to the animals and is a giving father to his children. He builds the ark to save his family and honor Father. He is unsophisticated and shrewd, but also warm and loyal.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Eve/Mama Noah
Soprano w/Belt.
Eve is inquisitive and daring. Curious and questioning, smart and excited. She is willing to break rules in order to learn on her own. She ages from innocence to old age during the first act.
Mama Noah is Noah’s wise wife. She possesses a gentle strength, is reassuring, and serves as the mediator of the family. Sings the gospel celebratory number at the end of Act II.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Cain/Japheth
Tenor.
Cain is like his mother Eve. He is filled with curiosity and a desire to learn but must do so on his own terms. He longs for the companionship of other humans. Cain is strong, stubborn, and independent.
Japheth is Noah’s youngest son. He is in love with Yonah and is willing to sacrifice his life to be with her. Clever, rebellious, stubborn.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Abel/Ham
Tenor/Baritone.
Abel is obedient like his father, Adam. Cain’s younger and more conservative brother who follows the “rules”. He possesses a sweet and gentle spirit.
Ham is Noah’s middle son 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
Age: 16 to 25
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Yonah
Mezzo Soprano
Noah’s servant girl. She is in love with Japheth but bears the mark of Cain. She is strong, yet humble, kind, and smart. Can be a member of the Snake or a Storyteller in Act I.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Snake
The sinister creature that tempts Eve to eat the apple. Played by a group that dances and sings in 5‐part harmony. Can be a member or Noah’s family or a Storyteller in Act II. Must be good dancers and excellent singers.
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
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Aphra
Ham’s pregnant wife. Longs for the flood to be over and is constantly worrying. Can be a member of the Snake or a Storyteller in Act I.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Aysha
Shem’s wife. Cynically bitter and constantly accusing those aboard the ark. Can be a member of the Snake or a Storyteller in Act I
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Young Cain
Played by a child around 12 to 14 in age. Inquisitive and questioning like his mother. He is very much in control of the brotherly relationship.

Young Abel
Played by a child around 8 to 10 in age. Obedient and devout. Follows the rules set by his parents and looks up to his brother.

Youth Ensemble
For this production, the youth ensemble will play various animal roles in both Act I and Act II and will be joining the full cast during 7 of the songs. Ages 8-17.

Children of Eden (Auditions Cut)
Character:
Father Let There Be measures 19-24 then 29-48 & Father’s Day measures 19-27
Callbacks: The Flood measures 5-14 & The Hardest Part of Love measures 59-70
Adam/Noah A World Without You measures 42-60 & The Gathering Storm measures 3-24
Callbacks: Close to Home measures 37-46 & The Hardest Part of Love measures 59-70
Eve/Mama Noah The Spark of Creation measures 88-117 & Children of Eden measures 1-12
Callbacks: Close to Home measures 37-46 & Ain’t It Good measures 28-59
Cain/Japeth Lost in the Wilderness measures 61-86 & A Ring of Stones measures 32-47
Callbacks: In Whatever Time We Have measures 86-103
Yonah Stranger to the Rain measures 82-119
Callbacks: In Whatever Time We Have measures 86-103
Abel/Ham/Shem Lost in the Wilderness measures 1-12 & Wasteland measures 35-44
Storytellers Males: Wasteland measures 35-44
Females: Wasteland measures 20-34

Adam-A World Without You

Adam and Eve-Close to Home

Abel-Lost in the Wilderness

Cain-Lost in the Wilderness

Cain-Ring of Stones

Eve-Children of Eden

Eve-Spark of Creation

Father and Noah-Hardest Part of Love

Father-Father’s Day

Father-Flood

Father-Let There Be

Mama Noah-Ain’t It Good

Noah-Gathering Storm

Storytellers-Wasteland

Yonah and Japeth-In Whatever Time We Have

Yonah-Stranger to the Rain