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Spring Awakening

About Starcatcher  

Starcatcher Productions is a new Jerusalem‐based theater group, whose purpose  is to provide Israeli audiences access to high‐quality productions of progressive live  musicals, to expand the audience for this art form, and to develop the talents of  those capable of producing this art, both as cast and crew.  We are interested in new, fresh, contemporary productions, and promote a  broad range of shows   We strive to involve, engage and mentor artists to develop the talents of the  next generation of actors, directors, producers and designers   We seek to collaborate with theater organizations having similar artistic  interests, in order to create a strong, vibrant English‐language theater  community in Israel    Passionate about musical theater? For more information, to be involved, or  to join our email list, contact us at and visit our Web  page:  


Previous Starcatcher Productions:   RENT, March 2015, presented by Starcatcher   A Chorus Line, March 2014, presented  by Starcatcher and Encore!   Little Shop of Horrors, November 2013,  presented by Starcatcher and JEST  The members of the Starcatcher creative team  have a wealth of additional production  experience, including:   Hairspray (March 2013), Encore! youth  production   The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling  Bee (November 2012), J‐Town Playhouse   West Side Story (March 2012), Encore! youth  production   Grease (March 2011), Encore! and Mercaz  HaMagshimim 

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Book & Lyrics Steven Sater

Music Duncan Sheik

Based on the play by Frank Wedekind Orchestrations Duncan Sheik

Vocal Arrangements AnnMarie Milazzo

Design of Scenery, Lighting & Graphics Eli Kaplan Wildmann Props Crafting Rachel Jacobson

Scenic Painting Roxanne Goodkin-Levy

String Orchestrations Simon Hale Costumes & Makeup Dena Buckman Davies Photographer Ita Arbit

Translation David Gellman

BAND Jeff Rosenschein - Conductor/Keyboards; Sophie Fredkin / Ilana Kleiman - Violin Yuval Grumer - Guitar; Nina Loeterman - Viola; Akiva Meller - Drums Shy Oren - Bass; Igor Tankevich - Cello

Producer Eli Kaplan-Wildmann

Stage Manager Pnina Berk

Musical Director Jeff Rosenschein Director & Choreographer Yaeli Greenblatt Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. Produced on Broadway by, IRA PITTELMAN, TOM HULCE, JEFFREY RICHARDS, JERRY FRANKEL, ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY, Jeffrey Sine, Freddy DeMann, Max Cooper, Mort Swinsky/Cindy and Jay Gutterman/Joe McGinnis/Judith Ann Abrams, ZenDog Productions/ CarJac Productions, Aron Bergson Productions/Jennifer Manocherian/Ted Snowdon, Harold Thau/Terry E. Schnuck/Cold Spring Productions, Amanda Dubois/Elizabeth Eynon Wetherell, Jennifer Maloney/Tamara Tunie/Joe Cilibrasi. The world premiere of “SPRING AWAKENING” was produced by the Atlantic Theater Company by special arrangement with Tom Hulce & Ira Pittelman.


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Musical Numbers

Act I “Mama Who Bore Me” – Wendla “Mama Who Bore Me (Reprise)” – Wendla and Girls “All That's Known” – Melchior and Boys “The Bitch of Living” – Moritz, Melchior and Boys “My Junk” – Full Company “Touch Me” – Boys and Girls “The Word of Your Body” – Wendla and Melchior “The Dark I Know Well” – Martha, Ilse and Boys “And Then There Were None” – Moritz and Boys “The Mirror-Blue Night” – Melchior and Boys “I Believe” – Boys and Girls

Act II “The Guilty Ones” – Wendla, Melchior, Boys and Girls “Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind” – Moritz and Ilse “Left Behind” – Melchior, Boys and Girls “Totally Fucked” – Melchior and Company “The Word of Your Body (Reprise)” – Hanschen, Ernst, Boys and Girls “Whispering” – Wendla “Those You’ve Known” – Moritz, Wendla and Melchior “The Song of Purple Summer” – Ilse and Full Company

Director's Note

In a musical, the moment a character bursts into song is a strange and complex one. Those of us who are fans of the genre take it for granted, as we mimic this tendency in our showers and cars. Mostly, songs in musicals begin when emotions reach such a heightened level that singing is the only way characters can express themselves. This is why I think “Spring Awakening” is a great musical. In choosing to focus on a group of teenagers who are navigating an oppressive world of adults, the emotional state of these children is always on the edge - right before an explosion of love, anger, or longing. More than an emotional outlet, the music of “Spring Awakening” gives voice to the voiceless. By shifting into a modern world with microphones, drums and lighting, they are able to communicate their raw emotions, turning them into a creative act of resistance. “Spring Awakening” was always part of my personal canon. I had a burned CD in the car on repeat, a ‘Purple Summer’ ringtone, and an old program hanging on the wall. It was only later in life that I realized the show wasn’t as well known as “Rent” or “Wicked”. Maybe it’s a matter of time. For many in this cast and crew, as for people all over the world, the show is personally meaningful. We have poured our hearts and souls into what you are about to see.

About The Cast Maya Cohen (Wendla) is an MA music student at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Credits include Cinderella in "Into The Woods" (JAMD), Tessa in "The Gondoliers" and Aline in "The Sorcerer" (Encore), Anne in "Little Night Music" (AACI) and Yemima in "Dan The Guard" (Marc Lavry). “"Spring Awakening"” is a musical that Maya holds dear to her heart and is thrilled to take part in it. Also, she would like to state than in her free time she insists on wearing dresses that make her feel like a little fairy queen. Dor Attias (Melchior) is a medical student at the Hebrew University, currently completing his rounds in pediatrics. This is his first performance in musical theater and he is so glad to be doing it with this amazing show and such an incredible cast. Ayelet Kagan (Ilse) is 22 years old and a student at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, studying classical voice. She has sung with the Ankor youth choir and is currently part of the Academy’s Chamber Choir with whom she recently performed on a tour in Germany. Ayelet played the role of Juliet in Theater in the Rough’s “Romeo and Juliet” in 2011 and this is her first Jerusalem musical theater production! She is very excited to play the role of Ilse since it has been her dream since she was introduced to "Spring Awakening" when she was 16. Coren Feldman (Moritz). After a 4.5 year hiatus from theater, Coren hit the road running, playing Mark in "RENT", Gabe in “Next To Normal” and now Moritz,

all in the past year. "Spring Awakening" is Coren’s 10th show in the Jerusalem Englishspeaking theater community. Outside of theater, Coren’s passions include music, hi-tech, making comedy videos nobody watches and the word sesquipedalian. Rachel Frazin (Martha) is 23 years old and made aliyah from California last year. She is ecstatic to be in another amazing production with Starcatcher! Her previous roles include Mimi in "RENT", Katie in “Second Star to the Left”, and Val in “A Chorus Line.” "Spring Awakening" is such a meaningful show and she feels privileged to sing, not only in this production, but in spring, summer, and autumn as well! C.B. Davies (Hanschen) studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Terry Schreiber Studios, and in the conservatory at Michael Howard Studios in NYC. Past roles include “Uncle Vanya” (Telegin), “The Mouse That Roared” (Beston), “Picnic” (Howard), “Remember My Name” (Hans Schmidt), and most recently as Henry in “Next To Normal” here in Jerusalem. He is very excited to have the opportunity to work with an amazing cast and crew in "Spring Awakening". Thank you Dena for being there with me while I take part in these amazing and meaningful journeys onstage. Rebecca Fox (Clara) is 18 years old, and temporarily living and working in Jerusalem before going into the army a few days after closing night. Rebecca’s background is primarily in dance. Previous Jerusalem community theatre productions include “A Chorus Line” (Starcatcher and Encore!), “Beauty and the Beast” (Beit Hillel), and "RENT" (Starcatcher). Rebecca

is happy that "Spring Awakening" of all shows, gets to be that special last one before her military service. Daniel Lewin (Georg) is beyond thrilled to make his Jerusalem debut in Starcatcher’s "Spring Awakening"! He comes all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa from studying two years of Drama at Oakfields College. His first show was in high school doing "Grease" (Doody/Teen Angel), and several college plays, but too many to name. He currently lives in the Old City and will be making Aliyah within the next year. Daniel dedicates his debut to his late mother, who passed away a year ago and is proud to do what he loves in a country that he loves! Richie Mann (Otto) holds an MA in political science and until recently worked in marketing and public relations for Taglit-Birthright Israel. Past professional credits include Israel’s Mission to the United Nations (Intern), Yad Vashem (Press Team Assistant), JerusalemU (Marketing Associate) and StandWithUs (Fellow). Previous theatre credits include "RENT" (Mr. Jefferson/Pastor), "A Chorus Line" (Don Kerr), "Little Shop of Horrors" (additional roles and puppeteer) and "Hairspray" (Fender). Curriculum Vitae. Howard Metz (Male Adult Roles) recently appeared as Capt. Von Trapp (along with his daughter, Liel, who played Gretl) in the Beit Hillel 30th anniversary production in “The Sound of Music”. In almost thirty years since making Aliya, he has appeared in almost forty plays with fifteen companies. Other roles in the last few years include: Dr. Madden (“Next to Normal”), Pogue (“DAnGEr”), and George Antrobus (“The

Skin of our Teeth”). Training: Circle-in-theSquare Theater School (NYC). Profession: Dentist. Favorite productions with Riki: Nediva and Liel. Idany Saadya (Ernst) is part of a Zionistsocialist commune of the elder movement of Hanoar Ha’oved Ve’halomed. He is an educator, and a graduate of theater studies at Shazar High School, Bat Yam. Idany runs a youth group and performs as a drag queen around the country. Marni Schamroth (Anna) is a student at Midrashat Be’erot Bat Ayin. She was previously a teacher in Sherut L’eumi and a student at the School of Visual Theater. She has appeared in multiple productions including videos that ‘went viral’, “West Side Story” (Velma), “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Olive), “Hairspray” (Penny), and “A Chorus Line” (Kristine). Marni is thrilled to be back on stage where she belongs! Tal Schwerd (Thea) is currently a music student at Midrasha Emunah VeOmanut. She has performed in 9 shows in Jerusalem, most recently as Natalie Goodman in “Next to Normal”. Her previous credits include Starcatcher’s "RENT" (ensemble), Beit Hillel’s “Beauty and the Beast” (Wardrobe) and Jtown Playhouse’s “Second Star to the Left” (Mulan). She wishes the cast an unforgettable run. Mira Sykes (Mariana) is 18 years old and in her final year of high school. She has always loved singing and acting and is super excited to work on "Spring Awakening"! She has worked with Encore as a Munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz” and backstage on J-Town Playhouse's productions of

“Company” and “A Little Night Music”. Rebecca Sykes (Female Adult Roles). Last seen in “Guys and Dolls” (Adelaide), Rebecca also appeared in “The Sound of Music” (Baroness), “Man of La Mancha” (Aldonza), “Wizard of Oz” (Glinda) and “Company” (Joanne). She can be found around town singing jazz at Birman’s and the Blue Hall. For extra showtune enjoyment, join her with with Speakeasies Musical Mayhem evenings: we sing, we drink, and then we sing some more.

About the Staff Yaeli Greenblatt (Director and Choreographer; Starcatcher Cofounder) is a performer, a dance teacher, and is working towards a PHD in English Literature at the Hebrew University. Previous musical theater experience includes Director for "A Chorus Line", Choreographer for "RENT", "Little Shop of Horrors", "Hairspray", "West Side Story", "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", "Grease" and "Ah Jerusalem!" and performer in "Danger!", "Carousel", and "Ruddigore". She has worked with Encore!, Jest, Jtown Playhouse, and Aspaklaria. Yaeli is honored to be directing this show with such a talented and inspiring cast. Jeff Rosenschein (Musical Director; Starcatcher Cofounder) is delighted to be working on "Spring Awakening”, his eleventh show as pianist/conductor and/ or musical director. Prior shows: "RENT" (2009), "13", "Grease", "West Side Story", "The Last Five Years", "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", “Hairspray”,

"Little Shop of Horrors”, “A Chorus Line”, and "RENT" (2015). Jeff, a Professor of Computer Science at Hebrew University, is married to Shira, father to Chana and David, Moshe, Yair, Margalit, and Elianna, and grandfather to Michael and Sam. Eli Kaplan- Wildmann (Producer, Designer; Starcatcher Cofounder) lives in Jerusalem and loves creating and designing in this city. In addition to directing several of Starcatcher's previous shows, he spends his time with the Jerusalem Opera, Psik, Nissan Nativ, the Light Festival, and of course with his husband Ron. In New York, where he studied, taught and worked, he designed off-Broadway's "Tricks The Devil Taught Me" and props for the Carlebach musical "Soul Doctor", as well as studios and events for NBC, MTV and ESPN. Dena Buckman Davies (Costume Designer and Makeup) is thrilled to be working on another production with the amazing Starcatcher company! Previously she designed costumes for “Remember My Name”, "RENT", “Second Star To The Left”, “A Chorus Line”, “Little Shop Of Horrors”, and “Much Ado About Nothing”. Dena is excited to be working on this production with her new husband CB Davies! And wishes him and the whole cast a fantastic run! She is currently assistant directing “Number The Stars”, coming out in May. Pnina Berk (Stage Manager) saw "Spring Awakening" as her first Broadway show and it ignited her love of musical theatre, so she is excited to work on this production of her favorite show with Starcatcher. While she used to act, Pnina fell in love with stage managing in high school and

has since managed productions such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Theatre in the Rough), “The Secret Garden” (Encore), and “The Miracle Worker” (Schechter Westchester). Rachel Jacobson (Props Crafting) misses the stage but is happy to be a part of "Spring Awakening" by continuing her streak in the prop studio. She finds humaneating plants from outer space strangely

lacking in this production, but is honored to have designed an iPad fitting for the 19th century. Rachel spends her days in the R&D department of the Education Ministry, even as she dreams of modeling Kate Monster, Princeton & the Bears. She sends love and support to the entire cast, crew & production staff, and thanks to our fantastic audience members for returning again & again to see the magic unfold.

Credits and Thanks

Rehearsal Space - Tomer Belity-Dagan and the Jerusalem High School for the Arts Props and Costume Items - Rober Binder and Encore! Makeup team - Shlomit, Rachel, Leah Surtitles Operators - Hallel, Faigie, Or, Allison Sound - Dadi and the Beit Mazya tech crew Lights - Avi Vider Lights in Tel Aviv - Guy Galili and Hagay Shlomov Extra Special Awesome Lights - Shuli Oded Tel Aviv Front-of-House - Gal Moss The Lederman Foundation New Spirit, Jerusalem Administration - Bar Kayma with Noam and Lydia All The Right Buttons - Aharon Manor Venue - Michal, Ana, Gal, Einav & Lihi of Beit Mazya

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Spring Awakening Program (2016)  

The program from Starcatcher's production of Spring Awakening in Jerusalem, March 2016.

Spring Awakening Program (2016)  

The program from Starcatcher's production of Spring Awakening in Jerusalem, March 2016.


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