Genesis the Musical premires August 1

By Ryne Turke on July 19 at 11:07am

Directors Ken Bradbury and Roger Wainwright, along with performers from around West Central Illinois are just two weeks away from the opening night of Genesis the Musical.

Presented by the Passavant Area Hospital Auxiliary, the play will run from August 1-3 and 5-10 at the Playhouse on the Square in Downtown Jacksonville.

Bradbury says he is especially excited to present this play to the community.

“I mean you are always suppose to be excited about a play but goodness I’ve been working on this play for two years off and on and I’m happy with the way it is going,” says Bradbury.

“It is the entire book of Genesis in 90 minutes. The cast of 10 people come on stage and play about 60 characters, never leaving the stage.”

Bradbury is also proud to introduce a handful of new faces performing on stage.

“Another neat thing is we have a lot of talented cast members that people have never seen before in Jacksonville,” says Bradbury.

“They are from the area in Rushville, Petersburg and Springfield, but there will be some new faces.”

Seating is limited to only 100 seats a night, but Bradbury says audience members in attendance will be given a unique experience while watching the play.

“The really cool thing about the Playhouse is that we have reconfigured the Playhouse on the Square,” says Bradbury.

“The audience will be in the round. Jacksonville hasn’t seen many in the round productions. Instead of looking at the back of someones head and the actors, you are looking at the rest of the audience. It makes for a livelier audience. You can sit in the back row and it is the same as the front row of the Sangamon Auditorium. It is the same distance from the stage.”

Bradbury says Genesis the Musical is a great experience for all ages.

“We’ve had some little kids come in to watch the show who are friends of cast members who are fascinated, which tickles me because you never know with kids,” says Bradbury.

“It moves very fast. Noah’s Ark is done with puppets instead of real people and the story of Abraham and his wife Sarah is done as a 1940s film noir. We keep changing genres throughout the play so it holds everyone’s attention.”

Tickets can be purchased at County Market and the Passavant gift shop for $25.

Opening night starts at 7:30 p.m.