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.
Perform With Us
Purim Spiel 2020
For Kindergarten—8th graders
Join us for our annual splashy, spectacular Spiel! The Spiel, open to kindergarten-eighth graders, is sure to be a hit. Interested in helping out behind the scenes? Great! We’re also looking for students who want to help run tech and play instruments during the show. Rehearsals will be on Shabbat afternoons from January-March, with several performances during Purim in March. Stay tuned for information about auditions and registration, which will take place in early December.
We Are Listening: Stories of the Shoah
A Multimedia Arts Project for 7th Graders
Seventh grade students will have the opportunity to interview and meaningfully connect with Holocaust survivors who are members of the BJ community. After speaking with them, the students will devise a piece of theater that uses multiple artistic mediums to share the survivors’ stories. The piece, which will include theater, visual art, and music, will be performed during BJ’s observance of Yom HaShoah. Together, we will explore what it means to bear witness, to tell the stories of our people, and to take on the important task of keeping these important accounts alive.
A 24-Hour Playmaking Shul-In for 9th-12th Graders