POSTPONED – Kiddush honouring Zelda Dean

Zelda PostponedThis 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.

Bēma Productions presents “O My God”

OMYGODGRAPHIC-NLJanuary 16 – 26, 2020Bēma Productions, now in its sixth season, is excited to present the Canadian premiere of the comedy, “O My God”, by the Israeli playwright, Anat Gov at Congregation Emanu-El, Black Box Theatre. “O My God” is directed by Zelda Dean, and performed by Christine Upright (the therapist), Rosemary Jeffery (God) and Jesse Wilson (the autistic son of the therapist and is himself on the autism spectrum). Performances are scheduled for the following dates:
  • 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
Tickets: $23 available online at ticketrocket.co or at the door.
Media Enquiries: Zelda Dean zeldadean@shaw.ca Telephone: 250-881-2094.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bemaproductionsvic/

Bēma Productions: We are the Levinsons

BEMALevinsonsLogo-CEnewsletterMay 9 to 23, 2019, Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard StreetBēma 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

First Annual Readers Theatre Festival

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Weekend January 26/27, 2019Bēma 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

Bēma stages “Kalamazoo” at Victoria Fringe

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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).

Gotta metal detector lookin’ for a gig?

Metal Detector5Bēma 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 kouskousmusic@yahoo.com.

Congratulations and Thank You, Bēma!

Mazal Tov Bēma! מַזָל טוֹב בִּימָה!

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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,
emotional pace.

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!

See Penny Tennenhouse’s photos of the event.