Shine! Theatre brings the musical ‘Children of Eden’ to Fresno. You can win a pair of tickets.

Stephen Schwartz’s 1991 musical “Children of Eden” isn’t as well known as his biggest commercial hits (“Wicked,” “Godspell” and “Pippin”), which makes it feel like something fun and new. (I’ve never seen it — and can’t remember the last time a non-high-school version played in Fresno, and I’ve been here a long time) .That’s one of the reasons Shine! Theatre’s artistic director, tony sanders (who doesn’t capitalize his name), wanted to present it. The show, now in its opening weekend at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Fresno, tells the story of the most famed garden ever, complete with Adam, Eve and various other Christian-founding-story characters.

Pictured above: Ke’Lea Flowers (Eve) and Harrison Mills (Adam) in ‘Children of Eden.’ Photo: Shine! Theatre

And you can win a pair of tickets to any of the second-weekend performances.

In the latest episode of “The Munro Review on CMAC,” I interview two cast members: Miguel Molinar and Michael David. You can watch that interview here, which includes a musical performance by David singing perhaps the show’s best-known tune, “Lost in the Wilderness.”

Shine! Theatre has teamed up with St. James this summer as a venue. “Bare: The Musical” was held in the church’s sanctuary, while “Children of Eden” is staged in the church hall.


The show continues the following times and dates:

• Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m.
• Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m.
• Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are available here.

The contest is open to members, donors and individual sponsors of The Munro Review.

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For details on how to join, go to the Membership and Sponsorship page. No purchase, donation or membership is necessary to enter the ticket giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, leave a reply on this post answering this question: Do you think the forbidden apple tasted better than a regular one? (Or, if you’d prefer, just tell me why you want to win the passes.) Leave your entry in the comment field below. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. I’ll pick the winner at random and notify the winner by email.

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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

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