“We are not community theater; we are a theater community,” Zimmerman said. “No matter how many people try out and no matter what their musical or acting ability, everyone is given a part. We welcome everyone into this community.”
While the lead actors change every year, the quality of the show never drops, she added.
“It’s amazing to watch the talent grow and blossom, especially among our youth,” she said. “Every year, we see a new swan take the stage. We believe that knowing the lead roles will be open every year encourages people to take chances they might otherwise not dare take.”
The risk-takers are not only among the youth, Zimmerman said.
Curt Cronin, whose daughters and wife have had roles in the plays for the past several years, will assume the part of Noah this year, with his wife, Brenda, cast as his stage wife.
Until daughters Missy, Rachel and Lily dragged him into a part in “Fiddler on the Roof” on a bet two years ago, Cronin said he had never taken part in any play or musical.
“Now I’ll be singing, and even fighting, and getting the animals on the ark as Noah. I never saw this one coming,” he said with a laugh. “We have been rehearsing for months and I can’t wait to get on stage.”
If You Go
What: “Children of Eden,” presented by South Church Players
When: Friday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 8, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m.
Where: South Church, 41 Central St., Andover
How: Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door, with family maximum of $40 in advance, $48 during the run. Proceeds benefit Neighbors in Need. Call 978-475-0321.