Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is based on the beloved Israeli book Hanna’s Sabbath Dress by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi’el and is adapted for the stage by Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal. Hanna is a fantastical, interactive musical for children about the magic of a good deed. Directed by Ronit Muszkatblit, the cast features actors Case Watson as Hanna, Kate Mulberry as the Mother, and Matt Webster as Zuzzi the Dog and the Coalman, under the music direction of Peter Hodgson. LABA Workshop Jan 2016 Overjoyed with her new dress, Hanna runs to show it to her friends: Zuzi the dog and Edna the cow. Little does she know what a meaningful adventure awaits her… In this immersive experience with beautiful special effects, music, and design by award-winning artist Yoav Gal, children will help to create Hanna’s enchanted world by crafting paper masks, costumes, and set pieces with the actors. The show is 50 minutes with no intermission. Recommended for ages 2-8. “We want to make something of the concept of Shabbat… Above all, it’s a day for the family to be together. We want the children to understand the importance of good deeds…to learn that if you put out positive energy or a positive action, something good will come back to you. It’s a simple story, this cycle, were the goodness that [Hanna] gives to the old man, comes back to her through the moon. It’s a simple message, and there’s the emphasis on play and draw, and that’s why everything is made out of paper, to show that we can create a world, and a play, and a set, just from paper and glue and a black pen. Hanna does a good deed, and something good comes to her, and she shares it with her mom, and they spend time together. It really, for me ,is that sense of time together more than the religious thing. And it’s good that you have a marker, one day a week for rest. If it’s not a Saturday, if it’s a Wednesday, I don’t care. Take time for each-other,” said Ronit Muszkatblit, Director of Hanna and Artistic Director of the 14th Street Y. LABA Workshop Jan 2016 Hanna’s Sabbath Dress is a classic Israeli folk tale and a staple in Israeli culture, a show created by Israelis to share Israeli culture. The original story, “Hanal’e Ve Ha Simlat Shel Shabbat” (Hanna’s Shabbat Dress) was first published in Hebrew in the 1930s in the pages of Davar, which was the first workers’ newspaper in Palestine during the British Mandate. It captured a new generation of American readers in the 1990s, when it was translated into English and illustrated by Ora Eitan; it is now one of the books given to children through the PJ Library program in hundreds of Jewish communities nationwide. Written in the pioneering days of the State, it reflects a time of idealism and hopefulness. Hanna and the Moonlit Dress brings this magical tale to America for the first time, and will include the first English translations of classic Hebrew songs written for an Israeli TV special about the book. This is a chance for the American Jewish community to experience Israeli culture, together, in a positive, beautiful way. Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal are Israeli New Yorkers, who have a mission to investigate Jewish stories and culture in an original and unexpected way. They are Israeli Americans connected to their past always questioning what it means to be a Jew in America and how to make Israeli culture a living and breathing thing – how to reconnect to Israel from an American perspective. The Jewish Values explored in the Musical are those of loving your neighbor or friend as you would love yourself, doing and seeking righteousness (Tzedek), free acts of loving kindness (Chessed), healing the world (Tikkun Olam), honoring one’s parents, and Shabbat.
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
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