FOREST LAKE — It’s not easy being the first family in the world, but as with modern families, it takes a little love and a little faith. That’s the message of Masquers Theatre’s summer production “Children of Eden,” which will be performed July 13-22 at Willowbrook Church in Forest Lake.

“Children of Eden” is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John Caird that explores the relationships between parents, children and faith in some of the most well-known stories from the Bible. 

The first act follows Adam and Eve as they discover creation—and later, try to raise the first children on earth. The second act follows the family of Noah as they prepare for the great flood and cleansing of the earth. Through it all, the character called Father observes and guides them through the trials they face. 

Ian Lexvold is the board president of Masquers Theatre, and also plays a large role in the production.

“I am playing the Heavenly Father himself,” Lexvold said. 

Lexvold loved the show when he first saw it, and remembered that Youth Performing Arts in Forest Lake has done it in the past.

“It’s a beautiful show,” Lexvold said. “The lyrics and the songs and the music—it’s just heavenly, basically. No pun intended. It’s a show that really just touches the heart of religious people. We’re really happy that we’re doing it at Willowbrook Church. It’s a show that challenges the actors for sure; the music is not the easiest in the world. It challenges us and makes us stronger actors in the end.” 

The show features a variety of cast members of all ages, both local and from areas as far as Cambridge and Pine City. 

One of the production’s star players is Will Dusek in the role of Cain. Dusek, a Cretin-Derham Hall student, recently received the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Triple Threat Spotlight award. The award allowed Dusek to go to New York City with other winners to study theater, participate in workshops and see Broadway productions.

“We have some really great, talented young adults and teenagers,” Lexvold said.

Shows take place 7 p.m. on July 13 and 14; 5 p.m. on July 15; 7 p.m. on July 20 and 21; and 5 p.m. on July 22. Learn more about the show, see the cast list or purchase tickets at www.masquerstheatre.org. Contact Masquers at 615-464-5823 or masquersinformation@gmail.com. 

Willowbrook Church is located at 840 Lake St. S., Forest Lake.

 

Jackie Bussjaeger is the editor of the Forest Lake and St. Croix Valley Lowdown, and can be reached at 651-407-1229 or lowdownnews@presspubs.com.

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