Theater Works will debut its first 2022 Mainstage production with “Children of Eden,” opening June 10 and running through the end of that month in the Gyder Theater at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, located at 10580 N 83rd Drive.

The production will be directed by Theater Works’ Artistic Director Chris Hamby with musical direction by Jennifer Adams and choreography by Paul Pedersen.

“Children of Eden” is based on the first 9.5 chapters of “The Book of Genesis” and explores the age-old conflict of parents and children through the generations—first Father (God) with Adam and Eve, then Adam and Eve with their sons Cain and Abel, and finally Noah and his family.

From musical theatre greats, musical lyricist, and composer Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell,” “Pippin” and “Wicked”) and director John Caird (Royal Shakespeare Company, London Royal National Theatre and Canadian Opera Company) comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith—not to mention centuries of unresolved family business. In this show, Adam, Eve, Noah and the Father who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children.

To create a safe space for both audience members and actors, wearing a mask is required for audience members attending Theater Works productions. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival.

One performance on June 18 at 2 p.m. will be a “safety performance” featuring a no-beverage policy and either proof of full vaccination or COVID-19 negative PCR test to attend.

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