Arts & Entertainment

'Children of Eden' Musical Casts 36 Millburn/Short Hills Students

Millburn/Short Hills Cast Members - Children of Eden Credits: Christine Runke Photography

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Millburn/Short Hills students representing all of the Township's elementary schools will be performing 'Children of Eden' presented by Front and Center for Performing Arts. In fact, more than half of the 60 member cast is represented by kids from Millburn Township.

Based on the story of Genesis, the age-old conflict of parents and children takes the stage in this epic, heartfelt Stephen Schwartz musical. The Front & Center for Performing Arts cast are led by Renee Celeste, Julie Lira, and Rodney Briscoe.   

“Although this is a lesser known show, Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked and many other musicals) considers this score his favorite! 

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"The story speaks to us about family and what we pass on from one generation to the next.  It’s the perfect show to share with your own family!” said Renee Celeste, Artistic Director of Front and Center.

Millburn cast members include Madeline Bobish, Kristen Erhardt, Halle Just, Bailey Kasdon, Clytie Alyssa Lin, Arielle Rosen, Isabella Silver, Marinella Silver, Eva Speltz, Lily Speltz

Cast members from Short Hills are Hope Abbey, Sage Abbey, Ava Alcosser, Stella Bitterman, Carleigh Cofer, Jamie Cofer, Sienna Gehn, Danielle Gordon, Lola Hall, Naomi Halpern, Dylan Hammer, Emma Holden, Teirney King, Annie Lischer, Bianca LoPiccolo, Annie McDonough, Mackenzie Motroni, Ruhi Salhotra, Ben Seifer, Katie Seifer, Akiv Shah, Alexandra Tavel, Amelia Tavel, Sydney Tavel, Deena Weiss, Aaron Wu


Friday, January 20 - 7pm

Saturday, January 21- 1pm and 7pm

Sunday, January 2- 1pm


The Woodland Theater

(Formerly Women’s Club of Maplewood)

60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040


Tickets are $28. Seating is assigned. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at

Any remaining seats will be sold at the door before each show.


About Front & Center for Performing Arts:

Front & Center offers individuals of all ages and skill levels, the opportunity to grow and develop artistically and personally in a nurturing environment. We aim to provide a unique and comprehensive curriculum while maintaining the highest standards of excellence. Our distinctive atmosphere encourages students with professional aspirations, as well as those who seek recreational fulfillment through the arts. For more information, visit

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