Children of Eden welcomes the holiday season at NWSA

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NWSA production of Children of EdenMIAMI – The NWSA High School theater students welcome the holiday season with John Caird's Children of Eden. With music and lyrics by Steven Schwartz, the musical was originally conceived as a much shorter work titled Family Tree. It has seensuccessful production runs on London's West End and has become a staple of the regional and community theater circuit.
Children of Eden opens at NWSA, just in time for the holidays, on December 4; 7:30 PM, Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2 Street, 8th floor, downtown Miami. Additional performances will be held on December 5, 11, and 12; 7:30 PM, with matinee shows on December 6 and 13 at 2:00 PM. General admission is $15, students and seniors $10. Tickets can be purchased online at
NWSA faculty member and director of the play, Bruce Cohen explains, "Indeed, Schwartz himself cites it as his favorite of all of his shows and the one he is most proud of musically. That is saying something when you consider that Godspell, Pippin, Rags and Wicked are all counted in the Schwartz canon. Children of Eden is generally approached on an epic scale. And the show does lend itself to a certain grandiose quality. The music is often monumentally heroic and, although these parts of the show are truly inspiring and exciting, it is the quieter and much more intimate moments that I find most engaging about this piece. At its core, Children of Eden is a simple story about family; and more specifically, about fathers and children."
About the NWSA Theater program: Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone theircraft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at itscore, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing onstage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and theUniversity of Florida.
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