Bēma stages “Kalamazoo” at Victoria Fringe

Kalamazoo

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).

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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.

Bema Productions presents Fiddler on the Roof Sing-a-Long

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 Presents: “From Door to Door”

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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

Performance dates: 

  • 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.

  • TICKETS available at TICKET ROCKET $20 per person
    101-804 Broughton Street
    Tel.: 250-590-6291 
    Online: www.ticketrocket.co/
  • MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Zelda Dean by email or by tel. 250-881-2094

Auditions for “Horowitz & Mrs. Washington”

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Bēma Productions is now auditioning for
their 2017 Fringe show – “Horowitz & Mrs. Washington”. Humourous
and touching 80’s period piece needing a 60+ cantankerous Jewish grandfather
type, a black teenage boy, two males 30–50 and one female 30-40. 

We rehearse
Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Contact the director, Zelda Dean if
interested, by email or tel. (250) 881-2094

Bema Productions Needs Wooden Chairs

Bema Productions is looking for 1 to 2 different wooden chairs; all chairs need to be in a different design for their next theatre production, From Door to Door. The chairs must be in great condition, although some gluing would be considered.

They will be painted differently in multi-colours:  purple, magenta, aqua, baby pink, powder blue, yellows, reds, and greens. They can easily be returned in painted condition, but not in the original form.  Please email Zelda.