EL CERRITO -- A dose of spiritual inspiration is being offered at Contra Costa Civic Theatre, where the family musical "Children of Eden" opens Feb. 15 for a three-week run.

The production offers a retelling of familiar Bible stories from the book of Genesis -- Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah's ark -- using music and dance.

"These are not the biblical stories you may have learned in Sunday school, but rather explorations of other aspects of those stories; stories about how to live, which are still relevant today," says the CCCT publicity. "'Children of Eden' uses music and dance to draw parallels between Biblical relationships and the today's families, their immediate challenges, and their generational legacies."

The show also marks the CCCT debut of director Stewart Lyle, who has been a director of productions at Altarena Playhouse in Alameda.

Music direction is by Michael Wiles and choreography by Rick Wallace.

Performances at the theater, 951 Pomona Ave., are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. through March 10. There will also be 8 p.m. Thursday performances on Feb. 28 and March 7.

Tickets and details are available online at www.ccct.org or by phone at 510-524-9132.

-- Staff report