Auditions for “Horowitz & Mrs. Washington”


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.

The Cemetery Club a resounding success

Productions first dinner theatre was a resounding success. Marc Fagen regaled
us with Middle Eastern delights ranging from hummus, baba ghanoush to a
delicious roasted eggplant dish, tabouleh and scrumptious baklavah. For the
more cautious palate, there were more traditional dishes – baked salmon, Greek
salad, cheesecake. The venue, The Oddfellows Hall, was perfectly suited
for dinner theatre. Even though there were almost 70 people present, the sight
lines were excellent.

The play
was a funny and tender story about three widows who
meet once a month for tea followed by a visit to their husbands’ graves. Their
warm friendships get turned upside down when a widower, Sam the butcher, enters
the scene.  

Under the capable direction of Zelda Dean, the actors appeared
to enjoy performing the play as much as the audience did watching them. The
script contains much “Jewish New York” humour of which Zelda allowed the actors
a fair amount freedom in its expression. However, her skilled direction meant
that their interpretations did not fall into the trap of stereotypical kitsch.

All in all, it was a most enjoyable evening and a fundraising success, enabling Bēma to move substantially toward the completion of their Black Box theatre. Kol hakavod to all the Bēma team and to Veggie Fast Foods and their catering team.

Bēma Productions Dinner Theatre Fundraiser

Saturday, October 29 from 6pm


Join us for Bema’s October 29th Dinner Theatre, featuring a staged reading of The Cemetery Club directed by Zelda
Dean, starring Susan Wilkey, Angela Henry, Susie Mullen, Christine Upright and
Alf Small.

You will also enjoy a delicious Mediterranean buffet, including wine
and dessert. 

Fellows Hall, 1315 Douglas Street

“Be ready to fall in love with The Cemetery Club. Wickedly funny and tender, three very different
widows meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands’ graves. Their
warm friendships get turned upside down when a widower, Sam the butcher, enters
the scene.”

Born during
Congregation Emanu-El’s 2013 arts festival, Bema Productions is now in
its third successful season. Winner of the Best Drama Award at Victoria’s 2016
Fringe Festival, Bema believes
both in the power of theatre and in helping Victoria’s community by supporting
other non-profit organizations. To this purpose, Bema offers eight productions
of its main stage play each year to Victoria non-profit groups in support of
their fundraising efforts. Bema’s next main stage play is From Door to Door
by James Sherman.

Bema’s caterer, Marc
of Veggie Fast Foods has a history with Bema Productions. He supplied the
mouth-watering meals that fed the hungry actors in Bema’s 2015 Fringe show: The
Best Meal You Ever Ate

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The Old Lady’s Guide to Survival: Favourite Drama at Fringe Festival


We are so happy to report that Bēma Productions’ show The Old Lady’s Guide to Survival won “Favourite Drama” at the 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival.

We are very proud that Emanu-El’s own theatre company
is being recognized for its excellence and dedication to the arts. Mazal Tov to
the Bēma Team for its ‘sold out’ run! 

Bēma Productions Presents: The Old Lady’s Guide to Survival


August 28 to Sept. 4

This year Bēma Productions’
entry in the renowned Victoria Fringe Festival is The Old Lady’s Guide to
 by Mayo Simon, directed by Zelda Dean and starring Christine
and Wendy Magahay. Toss
together two desperate characters with clashing personalities and watch them
build a most unlikely friendship.

All six performances are at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue’s own Black Box Theatre, 1461
Blanshard Street, Victoria. 

Admission: $11 Adults; $9 Seniors & Students.
Tickets are available through Intrepid or at the door.

This production is funded in part by a Community Agency Grant from the Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island.


  • Thursday,
    August 25 – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday,
    August 28 – 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday,
    August 30 – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday,
    August 31 – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday,
    Sept. 1 – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday,
    September 4 – 2:00 pm

‘Fiddler’ a roaring success

Productions’ Sing Along Fiddler on the
was a roaring success that included a sold out house. Here’s what
people are saying: 

“What a
great way to bring different people from the community together and to raise

was magical and I loved it!”

”It was
superb, that the singing, acting and dancing were professional and the staging

“Your interactive production of Fiddler was wonderful for so
many reasons.

It was entertaining, fun, touching, funny and food for

“I was
moved to tears several times and loved it all. Felt so lucky to be there.
Congratulations and good work! Reminds me of the very best to be had in our
multicultural, multifaith, compassionate (and talented) community”

“At so many
different levels, your event was a success–a jewel”

“Thank you
for giving us such a great afternoon.”

For pictures of the event, see the online album (courtesy of Penny Tennenhouse)

Zelda Dean: A life in theatre

February 14, 2:00–4:30pm, at Congregation Emanu-El

Hosted by the Hadassah Victoria Chapter

Do you aspire to be an actor for the day?  Do we have the place for you!

CHW Victoria Chapter
invites all members of the Jewish community to join them on Sunday, February
14, 2 to 4:30 pm at Congregation Emanu-El. 

Zelda Dean, Director of  Victoria’s new Bema Productions, will speak
about her life in the theatre and involve us in an interactive arts

A donation of $10 is suggested.  Please RSVP by Feb. 7 to Celia Negin by email or at tel. 250-995-1414.

P.S. Tickets will be available at this event for Bema Productions’ Sing Along Fiddler on the Roof that takes place on March 6.

Sing Along “Fiddler on the Roof”

Sunday March 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm


Congregation Emanu-El’s own theatre company, Bema Productions, will present a Sing-Along Fiddler on the
 as a fundraiser for Congregation Emanu-El and for its Syrian Refugee
Family Sponsorship project. Instead of using the movie, Bema will have 18 very talented
actors doing a staged reading, a live orchestra of wonderful musicians and a
great chorus to help you belt out the much loved songs. This promises to be a
very special, fun-filled Sunday afternoon in aid of a family that will be “far
from the home they love”. Our own singularly talented Zelda Dean will direct
the performance, which will be held in the Sanctuary.  

Tickets ($22 adults/$15 students) can now be
purchased on-line from Ticket Rocket.  Join us for a pesto and wine tasting
following the show.  Tickets are $10 at
the door.