BJ Theater Company
About the BJ Theater Company:
BJ’s Youth Theater Company provides a setting in which students can engage in an experience that enriches them both as young theater-makers and as Jewish people. As they rehearse plays, students will connect with their Jewish identities, become more deeply involved in their congregational community, and have meaningful and plentiful opportunities to express themselves. By emphasizing collaboration, teamwork, and ensemble-building, the BJ Theater Company will create a kehillah kedoshah. The skills learned on and behind stage — taking care of one another, contributing to a whole that is bigger than oneself, finding and using one’s voice, gaining self-confidence and a sense of self-worth — will stay with BJ’s student performers into adulthood.
Come meet Emma and learn more about the BJ Theater Company!
- Sunday, September 23rd at the Sukkah Breakfast
- Friday, October 12th at Family Shabbat
Latkes All Night Long – A Hanukkah Play for Kindergarten, First, and Second Graders
In this rocking holiday musical revue, BJ’s youngest actors will shine on stage as they tell the story of Hanukkah. Each child will have a speaking line and singing part, so Latkes All Night Long is a wonderful opportunity for actors at any level.
Opening Session: Tuesday, October 30th – 5:30-6:15pm
Saturday, November 3 – 12:15-1:45pm
Saturday, November 10 – 12:15-1:45pm
Saturday, November 17 – 12:15-1:45pm
Saturday, December 1 – 12:15-1:45pm
Saturday, December 8 – 12:15-1:45pm
Friday, December 7, in conjunction with Tot Shabbat and Hitoreri
Tuesday, December 11, in conjunction with Kadima Candle Lighting
*More performances to be announced
BJ’s Purim Shpiel – For Third-Sixth Graders
Get your groggers ready and break out your dancing shoes! This year’s Purim Shpiel is going to be a hit! Third-sixth grade performers (or those interested in helping out behind-the-scenes) will definitely want to join us for this full-scale Mamma Mia-meets-Mordechai themed extravaganza!
Sunday, December 8 from 2:30- 4:30pm
Tuesday December 11 from 6:00-7:00pm
*Tentative Rehearsal Schedule:
Sunday, January 6
Sunday, January 13
Tuesday, January 22*
Sunday, January 27
Tuesday, February 3
Sunday, February 10
Sunday, February 24
Sunday, March 3r
Sunday, March 10
Dress Rehearsal: at Kadima on Thursday, March 14
Sunday, March 17 in conjunction with the Purim Carnival
*More performances to be announced
Midnight Madness- For 8th-12th Graders
In this 24-hour play festival, teen writers, actors, and directors come together to produce an evening of original work with just 24 hours of prep. BJ teens won’t want to miss this always hilarious, SNL-meets-shul-in style theater event!
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9
BJ Theater Co at Kadima@BJ:
We’re bringing all the fun of the BJ Theater Company to Kadima! This year, we’re pleased to offer two theater-based electives:
Term 1 – BYOP(lay): From Page to Stage (3rd-6th Grade)
Sharpen your pencils and your acting chops — it’s time to Build Your Own Play! In this theatrical elective, we’ll work in teams as writers, actors, and directors. Together, we’ll create and rehearse our own 10-minute plays. Then, we’ll perform them in a holiday-based short play festival at the end of the term. Don’t think of yourself as an actor? No problem! You can write or direct and be involved behind the scenes. No theater experience necessary.
Terms 2 and 3 – Who Tells Your Story? (4th-6th Grade)
Places, everyone! In this two-part elective, we will rehearse our very own production of The Diary of Anne Frank. As we prepare for our show, we’ll learn more about Anne’s story and life and talk about what it means to tell a true story on stage. We’ll also experience first-hand all the pieces that go into putting on a play, from first rehearsal to final bow! Note: this is a two-part elective running in terms 2 and 3 — students must sign up for both terms.