The Children’s Republic

The Children's Republic

Sunday, September 17 discussion following play: — From September 12—October 8, 2017, the Belfry Theatre will present the play The Children’s Republic which is based on the true and inspirational tale of Dr. Janusz Korczak, a selfless advocate for children’s rights. The Victoria Shoah Project has organized an opportunity to discuss the play with a small panel of experts on Korczak and Child-care after the 2 pm matinee on Sunday, September 17.
The Belfry is kindly offering a discount for that performance if you mention Congregation Emanu-El or the Victoria Shoah Project when you call to purchase tickets.

You can call the ticket office at 250-385-6815 for tickets.

Open Auditions: September 17 & 18, 7-10 pm

The original deed 3The Original Deed by Sid Tafler is a two-act play that will be staged at Congregation Emanu-El on November 15, 16, 18 and 19, 2017.  There will be Open auditions (9 characters) at Langham Court Theatre Rehearsal Room, (enter through stage door at back) 805 Langham Court Victoria on Sunday, September 17 and Monday, September 18, 7-10 pm. Callbacks: Wednesday, September 20, 7-10 pm. Continue reading Open Auditions: September 17 & 18, 7-10 pm

Call for Front of House Volunteers! Bēma’s Fringe Show Needs YOU!

Bema Front of HouseCome and join the Bēma Team during the 2017 Victoria Fringe Festival from August 24 to Sept 3.
We need “Front of House” volunteers to welcome and assist people during Bēma’s Fringe show, Horowitz and Mrs. Washington. Volunteer shifts are about 2 hours. Continue reading Call for Front of House Volunteers! Bēma’s Fringe Show Needs YOU!

Bēma presents Horowitz and Mrs. Washington at the 2017 Fringe


Bēma Productions is thrilled to present their third Victoria Fringe Festival production, the comedy Horowitz and Mrs.Washington by Henry Denker. Directed by Zelda Dean and Angela Henry, and performed by David MacPherson, Rosemary Jeffery, Christine Upright, Alf Small, Cole Deo and Graham Croft, the play which will run from August 24 to September 3. Continue reading Bēma presents Horowitz and Mrs. Washington at the 2017 Fringe

Congratulations and Thank You, Bēma

Mazal Tov Bēma! מַזָל טוֹב בִּימָה!


Bēma’s Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along 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 more pictures of the event by Penny Tennenhouse

Auditions held for boy and girl tweens for Janusz Korczak play

Thursday, March 16 and
Friday, March 17, Belfry Theatre

Callbacks Saturday, March 18

The Belfry Theatre is holding AUDITIONS for the roles of two young people for a mainstage production this fall.
Casting Personnel in Attendance:  Michael Shamata (Artistic Director,
    Belfry Theatre), Erin Macklem (Artistic Associate & Outreach
    Coordinator), Christian Barry (Director).      
This is a paid position, fee to be negotiated.

performance schedule available upon request):

  • First Day of Rehearsal: August 15th, 2017
  • Production Dates: September 12–October 10, 2017


This play tells
the true and inspirational tale of Dr. Janusz Korczak’s selfless journey to
bring safety to Polish-Jewish orphans within the Warsaw Ghetto.  His struggle to advocate children’s rights
and shelter his orphans from the horrors of the war ended with his death in
1942.  A powerful and true story of
beauty, heroism, and legacy in a world devoid of freedom and even the
necessities of life. 


  • Israel (age 12-14) is described as an
        anti-hero, traumatized, violent, hard to read, but with depths of warmth
  • Sara (age 10-13) is described as quiet and
        watchful, the character can play violin well but the actor may not need to.
         Please tell us if you are able to
        play the violin.


  • A reading copy of the script is available at the Belfry Box Office during business hours if you’d like to read the script  before submitting.
  • Please email Erin (contact info below) with a recent  photo, current age, height, school you will be attending in September, and  previous performance experience (if any).  Please include “CHILDREN’S AUDITION” in the subject line.
  • We would prefer someone with some stage  experience if possible.  People older than the stated age range but not too tall would be fine!
  • Due to the specific requirements of the roles, not everyone who submits will be seen.  We will be in touch either way.
  • The Belfry encourages performers from all cultures, races, ethnicities, and gender identities, mental and physical abilities to apply for an audition.

For more information please contact:

Erin Macklem,
Artistic Associate & Outreach Coordinator

by email or tel. 250-385-6835 ext 243

Bēma Productions Presents: “From Door to Door”


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 
  • MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Zelda Dean by email or by tel. 250-881-2094

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.