Lemont Theater Group Tells Story Of 'Family Relationships'

LEMONT, IL — This year’s Little Mountain Community Theater main stage production will be “Children of Eden,” featuring a cast and crew from across the area.

“Children of Eden” has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and the musical debuted in 1991 on the West End in London.

Performances are planned for July 21, 22 and 23 at Lemont High School Performing Arts Center.

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Sandy Doebert, president of the board for the theatre, said the play “borrows” characters from the Bible, from the Book of Genesis.

Doebert said the play isn’t religious, but is about “the relationships between family,” and the “trials and tribulations of being a parent or a child.”

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The cast and crew feature people from across the area, including some children. Doebert said that the cast and crew are always a mix, and some people are local, while others live farther away, and others may follow a specific show.

“Children of Eden” is the ninth main stage show for the theater, which was founded in 2013. The first show was held in 2014.

“We were going to do [“Children of Eden”] for the 2020 show,” Doebert said.

The community theater didn’t put on a show during 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Its 2021 show was held outdoors at The Forge: Lemont Quarries, and the 2022 show, “The Music Man,” returned to the stage at Lemont High School.

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Doebert said one of the best things about the Lemont group is that “families are involved in the shows.”

“That’s always really cool for us to see that from parent to child,” Doebert said, adding that the theater has seen siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also perform together.

The shows are at 7 p.m. on July 21 and July 22, and 2 p.m. on July 23. You can buy tickets online. Tickets are $17 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors.

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