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As the only Jewish theatre in the Richmond area, the Weinstein JCC’s Jewish Family Theatre produces and presents plays that connect Jews to their own cultural community and build bridges to others. This talented group gives a voice to the amazing creativity present in our community, encouraging people to explore art in their own lives through affordable, high-quality theatrical experiences.
As a true community theatre, the JFT operates on an all-volunteer base. Friends of all ages and ethnicities, from beginners to experienced pros, are invited to learn, enjoy and participate in all aspects of our live theatre.
In Hebrew, the word "Kesem" means magic, and at the Weinstein JCC, we like to make magic! The Kesem Inclusive Theatre Project is a theatre education initiative from the Weinstein JCC for adults ages 22 and up. The Center is committed to offering inclusive programming within the community for people of all ages and abilities. Kesem will provide a comprehensive theatre education experience from process to performance. Recognizing the positive impact of arts education on the social, emotional and functional aspects of life for all individuals, the Weinstein JCC has compiled a qualified team of professionals to develop a program that will meet the needs of individuals with disabilities while providing a deep and meaningful experience for every participant.
This year’s Kesem encore performance on Sunday, February 13 at 2:00 PM will present an original script conceived by all of the participants and inspired by the poetry of Mattie Stepanek, a best-selling child poet who lived with Muscular Dystrophy and passed away at the age of 13. The project will focus on concepts of self image and how we are perceived by others. Using music, poetry, theatre, and other forms of expression, participants will explore and challenge ideas of what is possible in our world. Click here to purchase tickets.
If you are interested in learning more this exciting program, please contact Missy Bunce, Director of Inclusion & Support Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 545-8658.
Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, Directed by Debra Clinton
Leapin' Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations...and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Opening Night Chanukah Dinner Sponsored by Barbara and Stuart Simon
Tickets are SOLD OUT for the December 16 show.
Book by Sherman Yellen, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Directed by Debra Clinton
Shrewd, charismatic, resourceful and ambitious, Mayer Rothschild and his five sons struggle to overcome the prejudice of late-eighteenth-century European society, as they build a family banking business that takes them from the Jewish ghetto to the courts of the rich and powerful. On the way, they come to dominate European finance, help fund Napoleon's defeat and secure a Declaration of Rights for their people from the Crowned Heads of State. It is truly Europe's most famous rags-to-riches story.
With its engaging and uncompromising book, The Rothschilds is one of the boldest book musicals of its time, a heartfelt testament to family, dignity, honor and unflinching tenacity. Nominated for nine Tony Awards, the play is the final collaboration from the incomparable Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me). The Rothschilds, much like Fiddler on the Roof, is an important, impactful and must-see piece for all audiences.
Sponsored by Chris and Marc Greenberg and Blackwood Development
Written by Alfred Ahry, Directed by Debra Clinton
This warm-hearted, humorous play takes place in 1948 in the Deep South, just prior to the civil rights movement, and is the affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady and a proud, soft-spoken black man. A thoughtful, unemployed black man named Hoke is hired to perform chauffeur services for Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, who has recently demolished another car. Daisy is not pleased with her son’s decision to hire a chauffeur and immediately regards Hoke with disdain. Hoke, on the other hand, is not impressed with his employer's patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple.
Sponsored by the Belleman Family and Gilbert Rosenthal