SLU Presents Children of Eden, a Holiday Musical

November 26, 2007

SAINT LEO, FLA. – Saint Leo University’s Campus Ministry Office will present the musical, Children of Eden, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 29, 30, and December 1, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the Marmion Center on the university’s main campus. In addition, a matinee performance will be presented on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public for all performances.

SLU Presents Children of Eden, a Holiday Musical Children of Eden

is loosely based on the story of creation as written in the first nine and a half chapters of the Book of Genesis from the Old Testament. The play details in song and dance the creation of the Garden of Eden; the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden; the story of Cain and Abel; and the story of Noah’s arc. Children of Eden is a poignant story about God’s struggle with His less than perfect children in a world created to be nothing less than perfect. The music was written by composer Steven Schwartz who also wrote the music for Godspell, Pippin, Wicked and the Magic Show.

Children of Eden is scheduled to begin a Broadway run for the 2008-2009 theater season. This follows an extended run of performances around the world that began in 1991. The show owes much of its popularity to themes of family, love, greed, anger, and to its religious content.

The Saint Leo University production is directed by Melissa Hollis, music director for the Campus Ministry Office. The cast includes university students and young children from the Dade City-Saint Leo area.

Saint Leo University’s Marmion Center is located on the west side of the main campus just east of Holy Name Monastery on State Road 52. For additional information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (352)588-8121, or send an email to    

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Press Contacts:

Susan Shoulet

director of public relations
(352) 588-8121