Can someone’s mind be opened in an hour? An American college student is stranded in a hookah bar in Israel—a country he’s been taught to despise. He collides with a sharp-witted Israeli, and as they clash he discovers some harsh realities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and that it is a world which isn’t as clear cut as he thought. How can you make winning moves in a game where there are no rules? Continue reading Bēma presents: Peace Talks (Online)
This kiddush is postponed! The Reznick family invites you to a kiddush luncheon following the Shabbat service
on March 14 in honour of Emanu-El’s own superhero, Zelda Dean. By day, Zelda is our wonderful office manager. By night (and by matinee) she is the extraordinary director and producer of Congregation Emanu-El’s very own theatre company, Bēma Productions. Force of nature? Superhero? BOTH! Her newest endeavour is the remarkable play, Survivors, by playwright Wendy Kout. This play, produced in collaboration with the Victoria Shoah Project, will tell the stories of Shoah survivors — in their own words — to middle and high school students throughout Vancouver Island and hopefully further, to students throughout British Columbia. (Please contact the office if you would like more information or to contribute to this project.) In the meantime, please give Zelda your love at the kiddush on March 14.
- Thursday January 16, 7:30 pm
- Saturday January 18, 7:30 pm
- Sunday January 19, 3:00 pm
- Tuesday January 21, 7:30 pm
- Wednesday January 22, 7:30 pm
- Thursday January 23, 7:30 pm
- Saturday January 25, 7:30 pm
- Sunday January 26, 3:00 pm
May 9 to 23, 2019, Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street— Bēma Productions is proud to present our 2019 Mainstage production, the Canadian Premiere of We Are The Levinsons by Wendy Kout. The story details the phenomenon of the “sandwich generation” — adults caring for both children and aging parents — through the lens of one family’s momentous year. Continue reading Bēma Productions: We are the Levinsons
Weekend January 26/27, 2019 — Bēma Production’s next venture is an exciting weekend of Reader’s Theatre in January 2019. The festival will run in the now familiar Bēma “black box” which we create in Congregation Emanu-El‘s social hall. This style of theatre allows the audience to imagine the action from hearing the script read aloud without sets, costumes or props. The readers of the three festival plays have been carefully chosen through auditions from inside and outside the Congregation Emanu-El community. It will be a weekend filled with laughter, sadness and challenges. Please come and enjoy one play, or even all three. Tickets are now available at https://www.ticketrocket.co/event/season/346 Continue reading First Annual Readers Theatre Festival
August 23 – 29, 2018 — Bēma Productions is thrilled to present their fourth Victoria Fringe Festival production, the comedy “Kalamazoo” by Michelle Kholos Brooks and Kelly Younger, directed by Zelda Dean and performed by Angela Henry and Ira Shorr. All performances take place at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3.
- Thursday, August 23 – 7 pm
- Sunday, August 26 – 2 pm
- Monday, August 27 – 7 pm
- Tuesday, August 28 – 7 pm
- Wednesday, August 29 – 7 pm
- Thursday, August 30 – 7 pm
TICKETS: $11 each available online from August 1 at victoriafringe.com or ticketrocket.co or in person at Ticket Rocket Lounge: 10 am–5 pm Monday to Friday at 101–804 Broughton (across from the Royal Theatre), Fringe HQ: noon–7 pm daily starting August 21 at 2–1609 Blanshard (at Fisgard, across from Romeo’s), or at the door.
Kalamazoo offers a refreshing take on a familiar story. Peg and Irv, two quirky but endearing baby-boomers, bravely venture into the world of modern dating. But when these opposites attract, they discover love isn’t any easier the second time around. What could sound like the pilot for a TV sit-com ends up touching you in ways you might not expect. Winner of the Riva Shiner Comedy Award, “Kalamazoo” is a romantic comedy about life’s second act and learning you’re never too old to be young.
“A disarming comedy that lets us laugh about growing older while addressing the very real hardships and heartaches that come when one spouse from a life-long marriage is suddenly left alone . . . the banter in this play is both hilarious and startlingly honest. It just rings true in ways that can be surprising and shocking, but always satisfying.” —Examiner.com.
“. . . a rich story about love at any age.” —EncoreMichigan.com.
“Bouts of riotous laughter . . . it’s hard to imagine a better show.” — Herald-Times (Bloomington, Indiana).
Bēma Productions needs an adult sized metal detector for their Fringe Festival Play. It will be used briefly in one scene and we’d be grateful for the loan of one. They will need to use the metal detector from June 1 through Sept 2. As thanks they would provide acknowledgement in the program and two free tickets to a performance. If you have metal detector they could use, please contact Amber Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mazal Tov Bēma! מַזָל טוֹב בִּימָה!
Bēma’s Sing Along
Fiddler on the Roof was a resounding success – thanks to the enthusiastic
participants, the talented performers and the devoted production team! Both
shows were sold out in advance. Congregation Emanu-El has received many kudos for
hosting this fantastic show with its great cast, choir and band. The audience
was especially mesmerized by Kate Rhodes, the fiddler and enthralled by Denise
Yeo, the dancer. There is something about Fiddler and the sound of the band that
puts a smile on everyone’s face; a beat that carries us through at a great,
Thanks to our Director, Zelda Dean, for such a brilliant
night; everyone thinks our Fiddler on the Roof was really amazing. People
have already started to ask about next year’s shows. We are proud of BĒMA!
Two performances only, both at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC
- Sunday March 26, 2017, 2:00 pm
- Monday March 27, 2017, 7:00 pm
Join the klezmer band, The Klez, 20 members of the Gettin’ Higher Choir and 17 actors in a staged reading and sing-a-long of Fiddler on the Roof.
TICKETS available at TICKET ROCKET $22. Get your tickets early. There are only 150 available per performance.
Online www.ticketrocket.co or 101-804 Broughton Street, Victoria, BC Telephone 250-590-6291
A universal story of hope, love, rejection and acceptance, Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye the dairyman’s lionhearted attempts to hold on to cultural and religious traditions despite sweeping social changes upsetting his family values and threatening his town’s very existence. Forced to choose between his daughters’ happiness and his culture’s beloved traditions, Tevye is trying to balance life — like a fiddler on a roof.
One of Broadway’s first musicals to deal with persecution, poverty and holding to one’s beliefs, Fiddler has been performed around the world, from Brooklyn to Japan to Brazil, and is in its fifth Broadway revival.
MEDIA ENQUIRIES Zelda Dean, or telephone 250-881-2094
Bēma Productions is thrilled to present the third offering of their third season, the drama From Door to Door by James Sherman, starring Pam Miller, Christine Upright and Katya Delancey. Zelda Dean directs.
From Door to Door is a heartwarming, bittersweet comedy about three generations of women:
Mary Goodman, is mourning the loss of her husband. Her daughter, Deborah, is encouraging her to end her period of mourning and move on with a new independence. In a series of scenes between Mary, Deborah, and Mary’s mother, Bessie, Mary reflects back on her life as a daughter, wife and mother. As Mary’s life progresses from childhood to matrimony to motherhood, we see how each successive generation of women lives up to the expectations of the past and makes brave new choices about the future. At the end of the play, the three women stand as links in a chain made of faith, love, and understanding
“Hilarious and deeply moving" – New York Daily News
"A bittersweet comedy about the blessings and compromises that three generations of women encounter in their pursuit of love, faith and marriage." – The Atlanta Journal Constitution
- Saturday January 14, 2017, 7:30 pm
- Sunday January 15, 2017, 2:30 pm
- Tuesday January 17, 2017, 7:30 pm
- Thursday January 19, 2017, 7:30 pm
- Sunday January 22, 2017, 2:30 pm
at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC
Born during Congregation Emanu-el’s 2013 arts festival, Bēma Productions is now in its third successful season. Winner of the Best Drama Award at Victoria’s 2016 Fringe Festival, Bēma believes both in the power of theatre and in helping Victoria’s community by supporting other non-profit organizations. To this purpose, Bēma offers productions of its main stage play each year to Victoria non-profit groups in support of their fundraising efforts.