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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

What’s my [prime] motivation?

NEWTON

As theatrical parts go, they don’t get much bigger than the one being tackled by Nik Walker, the teenage son of Channel 4's Liz Walker, over the next two weekends.

In Newton Summer Stage’s production of Stephen Schwartz’s “Children of Eden,” the 18-year-old Brookline actor plays the role of Father. As in God.

Director David Bloom says Walker, who shone as Colehouse Walker in Summer Stage’s 2004 production of “Ragtime,” can handle it.

“Nik is the kid where you know that if he wants to he’s going to make it,” Bloom said. “He has an amazing voice, but he also has a vivaciousness on stage too that you really can’t quantify. He can play the highs of creation and the lows of the flood with such passion and compassion that it’s really remarkable.”

Bloom said his entire teenage ensemble has an outstanding job with the ambitious show, in which the cast of 43 must get through 43 musical acts spanning whole biblical book of Genesis, from creation to the new start after the flood.

“Children of Eden,” which also features elaborate sets and a 17-piece orchestra, runs July 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 at 7:30 p.m., and July 23 at 2 p.m. at Newton North High School, 360 Lowell Ave. in Newton. Tickets are $10 to $15 and patrons can call 617-559-6443 or visit Newton Summer Stage online for more information.

-- Denise Taylor

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