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May 23, 2012

Central Christian to present children's musical

ENID — Central Christian Church will present a children’s musical to raise funds to send church youth to church-sponsored events.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. June 1-2 and 3 p.m. June 3.

Youth pastor John Wheeler said the group will present a Stephen Schwartz musical titled “Children of Eden,” directed by Janet Jones. The story takes writer’s license with the stories of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, their children, Cain and Abel, and Noah and the ark, he said.

“It’s quite a fun production,” Wheeler said.

The play will feature kids from age 3 through second grade as animals on the ark and for the animal-naming ceremony. Most of the players are junior high and high school performers, young adults and some older adults. The program will raise funds for church youths to be able to go to a national assembly on public issues to be held next summer. There are two assemblies, one in Washington, D.C., and one in Orlando, Fla.

“It’s a learning experience focused around themes that are pretty big now,” Wheeler said.

The assemblies are sponsored by the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church). Central Christian Church, 1111 W. Broadway, has done plays in the past for fundraisers. There was no play last year, but in the past the church produced “Godspell” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Cast members include Randy Johnson as Father; Michael Johnson as Adam; Katherine Jones as Eve; Luke Anton as Noah; Katie Bushman as Yonah; and Evan Chermack as Japheth. Story tellers are Rachel Meyer and Brenna Bushman. Wheeler said there is a cast of about 20.

Wheeler said the musical productions reflect the atmosphere of the church, including elements of fun as well as worship.

“We like to have a good time and worship God as best we can and take some pride and joy in that,” Wheeler said.

The assembly in Washington, D.C., strictly is for high school juniors and seniors. It is a learning opportunity to expand their horizons.

“Many kids in Oklahoma do not have the opportunity to get outside Oklahoma. This is an opportunity for them to become aware of the larger world around them. They are going to Washington, D.C., and New York City to see what people are doing, as well as learning about issues that impact teen in their adulthood,” Wheeler said.

Tickets to the production are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. They are available in the Central Christian Church office.

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