Adam shies away from Eve in a scene from "Adam and Eve Through the Ages," a series of vignettes about love during different stages of life. Adam is played by Andrew Essex and Eve is played by Sarah Glaves.
Photo by John Hult
The Garden of Eden is dancing with color, light, birdsong and romance at the Kenai Performers Old Town Playhouse this week! This winter’s musical comedy, Adam and Eve Thru the Ages, springs to life with “The Diary of Adam and Eve,” taken from the short story of the same name written by Mark Twain. It has been set to music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the team that wrote the music for Fiddler on the Roof.
In delightful dialogue and music the story of the first relationship unfolds. While one may imagine that this primeval man and woman represent stereotypes of male and female, they may, instead, be seen as laying out patterns for relationships of all kinds. As two people find the balance that allows the strengths and weaknesses of each to be completed by those of the other, a whole new entity is created: US!
“The story of the first couple is light, lovely, fun, funny and elemental but not without its poignant and thoughtful moments as well,” says Director Carol Ford. With music played by Maria Allison this first “age” of Adam and Eve offers laughter, sighs, tears and an intended touch of introspection.
“In the second half of the evening the audience will take pleasure in seven musical and literary glimpses into the “fallout” of that first relationship in stories of couples throughout the ages and stages of life. From the epiphany, “I’m Beginning to See the Light” the second act of the evening’s show takes the audience through Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher’s “Engaged,” Tom and Huck’s “Curing Warts,” Huckleberry Finn’s discovery that sometimes, when you really like someone, the truth is even better than a lie , the mid-life question, “Do You Love Me?” from Fiddler on the Roof, the playful “No Two People Have Ever Been So In Love,” and the hilarious conclusion, “I’m Herbert,” the story of an aging couple still struggling to find that sometimes illusive balance!” declares Ford.
Adam and Eve Thru the Ages opens March 3rd at the Kenai Performers Playhouse behind the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and will run March 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9, with a Sunday matinee at 3:00pm. Curtain time for all other shows is at 7:00pm. General admission is $12, students and seniors are $10. According to Ford if you show your ticket stub for Adam and Eve Thru the Ages you get a dollar off the $10 ticket price for the Tim Sturm band concert and dance, and if you attend the Sturm dance first, you can save a buck at the door for Adam and Eve. Tickets are available at River City Books in Soldotna, Charlotte’s in Kenai, and at the door. Seating is limited, so during the Arctic Winter Games patrons are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.
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