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Jewish Family Theatre

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.

Upcoming Auditions

Jewish Family Theatre (JFT) is holding auditions for two musicals, Company and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Creative Team: Debra Clinton (Director), Jason Marks (Musical Director) Choreographers TBA. Auditions will be held Monday, September 26 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at the Weinstein JCC by appointment only. To schedule an audition, click here.

FOR COMPANY: Seeking a cast of 14 cast members who can appear early 20's - 50's. Prepare 16 - 32 bars of a musical theater style song that best shows off your voice, and bring sheet music in the correct key (in a binder; no loose pages). A pianist will be provided. You may also bring accompaniment on CD or iPod device.

FOR JOSEPH: Seeking a cast of 20+ cast members who can appear 18 - 60. Prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theater style song that best shows off your voice, and bring sheet music in the correct key (in a binder; no loose pages). A pianist will be provided. You may also bring accompaniment on CD or iPod device. PLEASE NOTE: We will also be seeking a children's chorus of 10 youth actors ages 9 - 13. These auditions will be held at a later date.

Actors may choose to audition for either production, or BOTH if they so choose.

Performances for "Company" take place December 8 - 18, 2016 (No Friday night/Saturday matinee performances). Performances for "Joseph" take place March 1 - 11, 2017. No performers paid. Questions may be directed to Debra Clinton, Artistic Director, at dclinton@weinsteinjcc.org.

About Company - Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by George Furth. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – "those good and crazy people [his] married friends" – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

About Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice. The classic Biblical tale of Joseph and his brothers comes to life in this fun, upbeat, and colorful musical. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

2016-17 Season

JFT Second Stage Presents: Les Miserables – School Edition


In partnership with The Firehouse Theatre Company

Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption is set against a nation in the throes of revolution. 25 of Richmond’s most talented youth will come together on stage to perform this classic musical. Directed by Debra Clinton with Musical Direction by Jason Marks.

Performance Dates:
Tuesday, 8/23 at 8 PM - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, 8/24 at 8 PM - SOLD OUT
Thursday, 8/25 at 8 PM - SOLD OUT
Saturday, 8/27 at 8:30 PM - SOLD OUT
Sunday, 8/28 at 2 PM - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, 8/31 at 8 PM at the Weinstein JCC - Limited Tickets Available
Thursday, 9/1 at 8 PM - SOLD OUT
Saturday, 9/3 at 8:30 PM - SOLD OUT
Sunday, 9/4 at 2 PM - SOLD OUT

All Performances will be held at the Firehouse Theatre: 1609 W. Broad St unless otherwise noted.

Jewish Family Theatre Presents: Company


From musical theatre's most renowned composer, Company is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends — "those good and crazy people [his] married friends" — explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during this hilarious array of interactions. Sponsored by The Belleman Family and Gilbert Rosenthal.

Jewish Family Theatre Presents: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself, leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

For a sneak peek of the show, check out this video!

Jewish Family Theatre Presents: Bad Jews


The night after their grandfather's funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, a "Real Jew" who is volatile, self-assured and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiska girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam's brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.

NEW! Kesem Inclusive Theatre Project


In Hebrew, the word "Kesem" means magic, and at the Weinstein JCC, we like to make magic! The Kesem Inclusive Theatre Project is a new 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.

Described by Edward Albee as "...the greatest American play ever written," Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, follows the small town of Grover's Corners through three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity." Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die.

The culminating performance of the Kesem project was on Wednesday, July 6th at 7:30 pm in the Sara Belle November Theatre at the Weinstein JCC.

For more information about our Jewish Family Theatre, contact Cultural Arts & Jewish Education Director Erin Mahone at 545-8644 or emahone@weinsteinjcc.org.