Gaston trying unsuccessfully to woo Belle.
Gaston trying unsuccessfully to woo Belle. Photo by Ariel Bell Crost
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Beauty and the beast

LOGON, Israel’s most veteran English-speaking musical theater company, is presenting “Beauty and the Beast” in venues across Israel, the first time the show is being staged in English in Israel, through March 14. Adapted from the popular animated Disney feature film, the theatrical version is based on a classic French folk tale of finding true love where you’d least expect it. The narcissistic, uncouth Gaston, ‏(Ilan Shechtman‏) fails to win the love of the beautiful, bookish Belle ‏(Gaby Wachspress‏), who later becomes captive of The Beast ‏(Eric Isaacson‏). Other principals include Brett Goldman, from South Africa, Richard Bennett from the UK and U.S.-born Dov Landzbaum. Though “Beauty and the Beast” is popular with youngsters, director Yaacov Amsellem says “the show is not really a children’s story, but a genuine folk tale which is a sophisticated metaphor for the worship of external beauty.” Performances will be in Be’er Sheva, Haifa, Modi’in, Netanya, Petah Tivka, Givatayim and Jerusalem. For more info, call ‏(08‏) 641-4081.

Let’s go alternative

Eastern medicine met Western medicine at the AACI’s Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center this week, where some 100 members attended a three-day conference in Jerusalem on alternative approaches to health care in Israel. “There were so many people who were interested that the general feeling is that we’ll do something to follow up,” the AACI’s Donna Grushka told Haaretz yesterday. “There were people of all ages, a lot of retirees but also young people who obviously took time off from work or arranged their schedule to come listen, and a few Israelis came though the whole thing was in English.” Grushka said one of the highlights was a panel on the first day including U.S. natives Dr. Tova Goldfine, a chiropractor who recently immigrated, Dr. Yisroel Yaffa and Dr. Shoshana Savyon, who recalled that Grushka was her aliyah counselor 25 years ago. AACI national president Asa Cohen and his wife, Suzanne Cohen, joined for the entire three days.

Very professional

Over 150 Israeli English-language teaching professionals enjoyed an evening of entertainment at the Holon Cinematheque as part of the 10th British Film Festival in Israel. The evening, sponsored by the British Council and scholastic publisher UPP, featured a performance by Israeli singer and actress Susan Joyce Miller, a California native, who played “Susie Surprise” on Israeli educational television. Many of the teachers learned English as youngsters watching Miller teach the language through song, the British Council’s Clare Gilboa, who organized the event, told Haaretz yesterday. The British Council also recognized Israeli English students participating in its “Connecting Classrooms” program who won the Council’s Global Glogs competition. “Part of the council’s work is to introduce radically new techniques for energizing students in learning English,” said Gilboa, who is originally from Kent. The film festival closes tomorrow with showings at the Holon and Herzliya Cinematheques.

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