Teens Take Charge in Charity Production of "Children of Eden"

Teenagers have taken over the Tarrytown Music Hall and are giving a refreshing young spin to the old familiar tale of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.

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The cast of "Children of Eden"
Photo by Gene Moore

Total Teen Productions, a company run entirely by teenagers, presents Tony Award Winner Stephen Schwartz’s "Children of Eden" October 24-26. It’s an inspirational musical about parents, children and faith.

The group was founded by 15-year old Georgina Simon and 16-year old Evan Bernardin, Hendrick Hudson High School students, who are making their directorial debut, and features the area’s most talented thespians. "We wanted to use our creative talents and passion for the arts not only to produce Broadway quality performances, but to give back to local charities," Bernardin said. All of the profits will be donated to struggling youth arts programs in the area, as well as to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley. "We hope people will not only come to see a top notch show, but buy tickets because they want to help us give to kids in need," said co-director Simon.

Simon admits it can be hard to keep nearly three dozen rowdy teens in line, but she’s enjoying the challenge. "Sometimes it’s really hard to be the boss and tell our friends what to do, but we all want the show to be the best it can be." Thanks to a generous underwriter, this show promises to rival or top any other children’s theatre production in the area. The two-act musical features a seven-piece live orchestra as well as elaborate character and animal costumes. “Children of Eden” appeals to both religious and non-religious audiences, making for a great family musical.

"Children of Eden" runs at the Tarrytown Music Hall October 24 at 7pm, October 25th at 1 & 8 pm, and Sunday October 26th at 1pm. To purchase tickets, go to www.tarrytownmusichall.org or call 877-840-0457. Group rates are available.

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