The curtain rose this past weekend on Trumbull Youth Association’s latest treasure, Children of Eden.

The production delighted audiences of all ages with it's spectacular music, vivid imagery and movement. The Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) musical was supported by a talented cast.

Shaun Rimkunas who portrays Father, puts forth a strong vocal and acting performance and brings to light how difficult struggles with our children can be, even for one as powerful as God himself. Mathew Johnson (a Connecticut High School Musical Theater Award Nominee), captivates in his role as Adam/Noah. Kaylin Weller, who portrays Eve/Mama Noah in her ninth TYA performance, is stubborn and headstrong and then equally as nurturing as Mama Noah. Her rendition of “Ain't It Good?” is a showstopper for the ages.

The entire cast is described as extremely talented and also includes a wonderful children's ensemble. The musical is enhanced by the exquisite sound of a 10-piece orchestra comprised of Broadway musicians.

Children of Eden, whose score is the favorite of composer Stephen Schwartz, is loosely based on the story of Genesis. Schwartz visited the cast recently, see story here.

“I am very proud of what everyone here has accomplished, from the actors to the crew, from the smallest lighting effect to the highly detailed props you will see — and the magnificent set that has been created to help tell this important story in a meaningful way,” Director Brett Boles said.

The musical will run again this weekend, August 8 at 8 p.m., August 9 at 8 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m., in the auditorium at Trumbull High School. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at trumbullyouth.org. All are encouraged to support the arts in our community by bringing the whole family to this uplifting musical for all ages.