Rank and File: 'Singin' in the Rain' Set to Brighten Jerusalem Stage

Pianist Gil Shohat performing in support of ESRA’s 'Hand in Hand Food Pantry' and Voices Israel issues last call for submissions to latest anthology.

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The cast of Starcatcher's "Singin' in the Rain."
The cast of Starcatcher's "Singin' in the Rain."Credit: Yona Kaplan-Wildmann
Steve Klein
Steven Klein

SHOWER WITH PRAISE: As the rainy season in Israel comes to a close, English-speaking theatergoers will have a chance to enjoy the spirit when Starcatcher Productions presents the musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” starting March 15. Director and designer Eli Kaplan-Wildmann, who moved to Israel with his parents from Los Angeles as a child but studied theater at NYU, told Haaretz the show is about “the advance of technology” when “sound had just been introduced into movies.” He calls this stage version of the 1952 movie classic “a high-tech show about low-tech times,” noting, “We can’t ignore the fact that technology is so much a part of our lives today, when everyone has a film camera in their back pocket.” The cast of 25 wear some 150 costumes between them during the show, which runs through March 25 at the Masorti Auditorium in Jerusalem. The cast includes Lauren Flaherty, Aviella Trapido, Daniel Fox, Mira Sykes, Peter Abelow, Rebecca Sykes and Sandy Cash. For tickets, visit www.starcatcher.co.il

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: For 10 years, conductor, composer and pianist Gil Shohat has performed in support of ESRA’s “Hand in Hand Food Pantry” campaign. Shohat’s motto has been “As long as there is one hungry child in Israel, I will perform,” according to ESRA’s Brenda Katten. Shohat’s next performance to benefit the project will be in Herzliya this Sunday. Katten said the prime volunteer behind the musical evening is Nelly Perry, who took on the project because it resonated with her own family’s experience in World War II. “For most of the war, Nelly’s parents were in hiding in Czechoslovakia, Poland and Romania,” Katten said. “Somehow, they survived in spite of virtually no food to eat for five years.” The proceeds of this musical evening will be going specifically to families in need prior to Pesach. A few spots are still available. For tickets, call Nelly at 054-687-1685.

FINAL CALL FOR POETRY: Voices Israel, the local group of English-language poets, is making its final call for its 2017 anthology. Submissions are being accepted from Voices members and nonmembers alike through March 15. Poems will then be sent to the editorial board, reviewed, selected, and notices sent out to contributors. Wendy Blumfield, Voice’s most recent president, told Haaretz that the selection process is “very democratic,” with all submissions judged anonymously. The panel that assembles the anthology includes former New Yorker Dina Yehuda, who has been the chief editor for three years, and editors Susan Bell, Iris Dan and Reuven Goldfarb. All submissions must be made online via the Voices Israel website. For guidelines, visit www.voicesisrael.com/anthology.htm

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. Have an idea about an item for Rank and File? Email us at: column@haaretz.co.il

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