The Emanu-El Play Club held a Zoom reading of Kevin Kerr’s play Unity (1918) on Thursday, July 25, 2020. The club followed up their reading with a debriefing on the next Monday. Unity (1918) takes place in the fall of 1918, when a world ravaged by four years of war was suddenly hit by a mysterious and deadly plague—the “Spanish Flu.” The setting for the play is a small town in Saskatchewan. Our members were profoundly affected both by the reading experience and by the content of the play which raised themes and depicted experiences highly relevant in our COVID-19 world. Continue reading Unity (1918): then and now!
Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 pm — Bell’Arte Music Drama is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform again Alice’s Gift: The Life and Music of Alice Herz-Sommer. Performances will take place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Berwick Royal Oak, 4680 Elk Lake Dr, Victoria. Tickets ($25 each) can be purchased at alicesgift3.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.
Alice Herz-Sommer was born in Prague and lived through World War II playing piano recitals in Theresienstadt ghetto. At the time of her death, at 110 years of age, she was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor. This musical one act play written by Elisabeth Wagner and performed by Lina de Guevara with Elisabeth Wagner at the piano lasts for one hour. For details about the show see http://www.bellartemusicdrama.com/alices-gift/.
November 1 – 3, 2019, McPherson Playhouse — Congregation Emanu-El member, Noa Paster will appear as Katarina, a gifted young violinist sent to study music at the Pietà orphanage in Venice with the great composer Antonio Vivaldi in a theatrical adaptation of Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery presented by Kaleidoscope at the McPherson Playhouse from November 1 – 3, 2019. It’s Carnival time, magic is in the air and mystery unfolds as Katarina enlists Giovanni, the gondolier, to help in her search to discover her past. For tickets…
Preliminary meeting on Monday, October 28, 7–8:30 pm at Congregation Emanu-El — Art, like the Torah, is meant to be interpreted. Come use your interpretive skills in conversation about plays and their meaning. Instead of asking whether we like or dislike a play, we will investigate how meaning is constructed, and ask questions about the play’s intentions and resonance. Continue reading Play Club
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
March 13 to March 24, 2019 — Emeritus Editor Jonathan Stoppi continues to pursue a life of crime. To catch him in the act, head for St. Luke’s Players production of Sherlock Holmes and the Spinsters of Blackmead running from March 13 to March 24. 2019 at St. Luke’s Church Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd., Victoria BC. Jonathan assures me that it is a crime scene to die for! For tickets etc…
November 10 – 12, 2018: 3 performances only — Bēma Productions, in collaboration with Langham Court Theatre, proudly announces a remount of the play Lessons previously presented at Congregation Emanu-El in April 2018.
- Saturday November 10 7.30 pm
- Sunday November 11 2.00 pm
- Monday November 12 7.30 pm
Performances at Langham Court Theatre, 805 Langham Court, Victoria.
Lessons is a thoughtful, compelling play about finding faith and love in a sometimes violent and alienating world. Lessons is performed by Christine Upright (last seen as Edna in Bēma’s Prisoner of Second Avenue) and Alf Small (Horowitz and Mrs Washington). Zelda Dean directs. When Ben finally decides to have a Bar Mitzvah (at his age!) he hires Ruth, a Rabbi who’s lost her faith, to tutor him. The two characters forge a friendship as they each search for healing and forgiveness while wrestling with their own deep-rooted problems. Lessons is a touching, funny and poignant drama that asks the question: Can we find healing and forgiveness when our beliefs are questioned?
“Small and Upright are magnificent as Ben and Ruth, with a naturalistic acting style that compels careful attention—not a moment of this two hour play is wasted.” – Janis La Couvee
Proceeds of these performances will be donated to The War Amps.
TICKETS: $23 – available online at www.langhamtheatre.ca or by phone at Langham Court box office 250-384-2142.
ENQUIRIES: Zelda Dean firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 250-881-2094
Saturday, November 10 & Sunday, November 11 — Bell’Arte Music Drama is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform again Alice’s Gift: The Life and Music of Alice Herz-Sommer. Performances will take place on Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 11 at 2:30 pm at 2875 Tudor Avenue, Victoria V8N 1L6. Tickets $25 each can be purchased at alicesgift3.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006. For more information call 250-721-2121 or email email@example.com
This musical one act play written by Elisabeth Wagner and performed by Lina de Guevara with Elisabeth Wagner at the piano lasts for one hour. There will be a short “Question and Answer” session following each performance.
Alice Herz-Sommer was born in Prague and lived through World War II playing piano recitals in Theresienstadt ghetto. At the time of her death, at 110 years of age, she was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor. Besides having a remarkable story of a cultured upbringing, and a story of endurance and survival, Alice had an extraordinary ability to embrace life and the people she met. In the play, the audience is warmly invited into her living room and given the opportunity to hear some of her stories, her music and her simple but profound wisdom.
October 25, 26, 28 at 7 pm 925 Balmoral Road — Soprano Miriam Kralil and the Aventa Ensemble will perform Ayre, a one-hour opera, composed by Jewish Argentinean Osvaldo Golijov and produced by Pacific Opera Victoria (POV). All three performances take place at The Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 25, Friday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 28. Ticket prices (general seating) Adult $35, Student $15. Limited tickets per show: purchase tickets from Pacific Opera Victoria Box Office, call 250-385-0222 or www.pov.bc.ca…
Continue reading Ayre: a song cycle by Osvaldo Golijov
Sunday, October 7, 1461 Blanshard Street — Our own Bema productions will hold auditions for its newest venture—a Readers Theatre Festival to be held during the last weekend of January 2019. We are looking for readers for the following three plays.
Sperm Count by Stephen Orlov
This comedy-drama set in North America is about a Jewish writer who seeks help from a Palestinian doctor to solve his infertility problem. And of course David Stein’s burned-out wife, his Holocaust-survivor father, and a sperm figment of his imagination all come along for the roller coaster ride into the bizarre world of reproductive technology.
- 1 woman, 39 years old and 4 men–15 to 20, 40s, 50s and 75 years old
And A Child Shall Lead by Michael Slade
This is the heroic and true story of children coming of age in Terezin, the ‘Jewish city’ established by the Nazis near Prague as a way station before the death camps. In the face of unspeakable horror, these children use their determination and creativity to build lives filled with hope and beauty—playing, studying, making art, and writing an underground newspaper—all at the peril of being executed. Their actual poems and stories are woven into a fast-paced drama, evoking the universality of children caught in the insanity of war.
- 4 girls 8 to 16 years old and 4 boys 10 to 17 years old
Exquisite Potential by Stephen Kagan
It’s 1979. Alan and Laura Zuckerman are visiting their Rabbi to discuss the naming service for the new child they’re expecting. However, Alan surprisingly announces that he thinks their 3 year-old son is the Messiah. Flash forward to 2009—the son is now grown up—was he right? Exquisite Potential tells the story of parental expectations, hopes, dreams, and our desires and fears about reaching our own potential.
- 2 to 4 men (early 30s), 1 to 2 women (early 30s) and one young child
Please email Zelda Dean for further details and/or audition times (include resume and photo).