Rank and File: Stage Women, Funky Moms and a Call to Young Artists

Women in Theater perform “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in Modi'in.
Polly Hyams Sherman

WOMEN TAKE THE STAGE: Women in Theater, the performance group by and for women, presented its latest production, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” to a packed audience in Modi’in on Tuesday. “It was magical — the set, the costumes, the lighting,” Polly Hyams Sherman, who has been in every show since the theater’s founding in 2008, told Haaretz. Hyams Sherman, who grew up in Bristol going to the Old Vic, said the theater is “an opportunity to empower women who are truly talented, but for religious reasons they feel the need to create the right platform for their art rather than quash it.” Women In Theater was established by Tamar Krantman-Weiss, who hails from St. Louis, and former New Yorker Pnina Fredman-Schechter. The principal actresses include Krantman-Weiss, Avital Macales, Hyams Sherman, Ora Blank and Jane Olman. The next show in Jerusalem is sold out but tickets are available for Ra’anana January 22. For tickets, visit www.womenintheater.com.

FUNKY MOMS: Two immigrant mothers have found a way to combine their love of dancing with volunteering, by bringing the international project “Mother Funkers,” to Israel. This daytime dance party for the whole family doubles as a fundraiser for mothers and babies in need. “Being mums ourselves now, we have a greater understanding of how difficult it can be, especially if you are unable to afford the most basic necessities,” said Sharon Kirschner Teicher, a psychologist and actress from Melbourne, Australia, who is importing Mother Funkers from Down Under with Sarah Shimon, a marketing professional from New York. The party, featuring Live DJ Melina with a special guest appearance by violinist Ariella Zeitlin-Hoffman of the Voice, will be held next Friday, January 20, in Tel Aviv, at the Magid Center at 63 Nordau Street, from 13:00 to 15:30. The event is being held in partnership with Mothers Make a Difference, a community volunteer organization that supports mothers and babies across Israel. Entry is by donation: diapers, formula & non-perishable food requested. For more info, email motherfunkerstlv@gmail.com.

CALLING ALL YOUNG ARTISTS: Young artists, take note! The AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, has announced it is accepting submissions through January 20 for its 7th annual Children’s & Teen Creative Arts Exhibit. Categories range from the plastic arts, paintings, drawings, collage, fabric, sculpture, ceramics, papier mache, wood, metal and glass to creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short plays. “We’ve gone back to giving prizes in different age groups, says Donna Grushka, chairperson of the project. “The entrants don’t have to speak English to be eligible, the former New Yorker noted. “We also have parents and grandparents bringing in work for the children.”Top works will be exhibited at the AACI in Jerusalem in March and April. The exhibit is supported by the Betsy Sugarman z”l Memorial Fund, named for the late wife of former AACI President Gordon Sugarman. For more info, email aacikidsart@aaci.org.il.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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