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PROGRAM March 2017

Hollywood’s Biggest Secrets

Price: Free

All The Brightest Stars

Singin’ In The Rain arrives in the Middle East details inside


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 cabable of producig 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 companies and organizations with similar artistic interests in order to create a strong, vibrant English-language theater community in Jerusalem Jeff Rosenschein, Yaeli Greenblatt, Eli Kaplan-Wildmann, Elianna Rosenschein Co-founders and Artistic Directors

Previous Productions

Spring Awakening 2016

RENT 2015

A Chorus Line With Encore!, 2015

Little Shop of Horrors With JEST, 2014

Passionate about musical theater? For more information or to be involved, contact us at starcatchertheater@gmail.com and visit us online at starcatcher.co.il or facebook.com/starcatcherJLM

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Starcatcher Presents

Singin’ In The

RAIN

Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed

Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.

Design of Scenery, Projections & Graphics ELI KAPLAN WILDMANN Custom Costumes JOYCE FIEDELMAN & MICHAL WEIL Lighting NOAM GOLOMBEK

Video Editing & PR Photos YONA KAPLAN WILDMANN

Props Crafting RACHEL JACOBSON Set Construction TALIA COLTEN

Sound DADI NADA

Translation DAVID GELLMAN

Tap Choreography RACHEL SOAFER Photographer ITA ARBIT

Stage Crew ARYEH SUPERSTEIN & DAVID ELMAN

BAND ESTHER VAN DER LINDEN- Flute & piccolo; ELYASHIV SHAPIRA- Clarinet & Saxophone; BENNY FEIN- Trumpet; DROR TUBUL- Double Bass ASAF KASIMOV- Drums Props Mistress LEANNE LANGER

Stage Manager ELINOR SLATER

Producer ELINOR KAUFMAN

Acting Coach ARYEH KRASMAN

Musical Director & Keyboard HAIM TUKACHINSKY Director & Choreographer YAELI GREENBLATT

Director ELI KAPLAN-WILDMANN

Music published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (Original Movie Choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen) Produced by Arrangement With Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, Inc.


Cast In order of appearance Dora Bailey.................................................... Rebecca Sykes Photographer................................................. Aryeh Kaufman Miss Dinsmore............................................... Sandy Cash The Villain....................................................... Daniel Lewin Assistant to Mr. Villain................................. Omer Yavin Zelda Zanders............................................... Mira Sykes Fabio................................................................ Evan Kent RF Simpson..................................................... Peter Abelow Rod................................................................... Dale David Boccaccio Honor Dexter.............................................................. Leora Elman Cosmo Brown................................................ Alon Aviv Lina Lamont................................................... Lauren Flaherty Don Lockwood.............................................. Assaf Berznitsky Young Don...................................................... Srayah Goldstein Young Cosmo................................................. Daniel Fox Kathy Selden.................................................. Aviella Trapido Policeman....................................................... Richie Mann Impressionable Party Girl........................... Nuria Levy Assistant Director.......................................... Rachel Lock Sid Phillips....................................................... CB Davies Outraged Film Viewer................................. Dena Davies Talent Agent................................................... Ricky Fleischer Tapping Store Saleswoman....................... Jennifer Fleischer Broadway Melody Featured Dancer....... Rachel Soafer The show takes place in Hollywood, 1929 ‫ מערכה ראשונה באורך‬.1929 ‫הסיפור מתרחש בהוליווד של‬ .‫ עם הפסקה ביניהם‬,‫ דקות‬35 ‫שעה וחצי ומערכה שנייה‬ .‫נא לא להשתמש בטלפון במהלך המופע‬

Act One is an hour and a half; Act Two is thirty-five minutes There will be one intermission Please do not use your phone during the show - it bothers those around you and can be seen by the performers as well


Alon

Aryeh

Assaf

Aviella

CB

Dale

Daniel F

Daniel L

Dena

Evan

Jennifer

Lauren

Leora

Mira

Nuria

Omer

Peter

Rachel L

Rachel S

Rebecca

Richie

Ricky

Sandy

Srayah


Scene and Song Synopsis ACT ONE The Premier of The Royal Rascal: Fit as a Fiddle (Young Don, Young Cosmo) Street Corner: You Stepped Out of a Dream (Don, Ensemble) R.F. Simpson’s Hollywood Premiere Party: All I Do is Dream of You (Female Ensemble) You Stepped Out of a Dream Reprise (Don) Monumental Pictures, on set: Make ‘Em Laugh (Cosmo) Beautiful Girl (Fabio, Female Ensemble) You Are My Lucky Star (Kathy) You Were Meant for Me (Don) Monumental Pictures, rehearsal studio: Moses Supposes (Don, Cosmo) Monumental Pictures, sound stage: Moses Reprise (Ensemble) Don’s House: Good Morning (Kathy, Cosmo, Don) Street Corner: Singin’ in the Rain (Don) ACT TWO Monumental Pictures, Dexter’s office: Good Morning Reprise (Ensemble, Dexter, Dora) Monumental Pictures, Recording studio: Would You (Kathy) Monumental Pictures, Lina’s Dressing Room: What’s Wrong With Me (Lina) Monumental Pictures, R.F. Simpson’s office: Broadway Melody (Cosmo, Don, Dancer Ensemble) Premier of The Dancing Cavalier: Would You (Kathy, Cosmo) You Are My Lucky Star Reprise (Don, Kathy) Singing in the Rain Finale (Ensemble)


Note from the Directors It’s a wonder you are holding a theater program printed on paper - soon enough, playbills might go digital as well, uploading to your device as you enter the theater. It sounds crazy, but so has every technological advancement since creating fire with two sticks. That is one subject of “Singin’ In The Rain” - how technological changes affect our lives, focusing of course on analog moviemaking technology of 1929. To us as creators, it was even more interesting to look at such old-fashioned advances through the lens of today’s high-tech times. Today we all make movies, and our lives are a constant mix of images, videos and scrolling text. It is a huge opportunity to be able to use the advanced tools we now have, to make a show about simpler days. “When it rains, it pours,” ”don’t rain on my parade,” “stormy weather” - we are used to rain as a symbol of disruption, hurt, even sadness. “Singin’ in the Rain” creates an interesting reversal of this perception. When Don Lockwood is singing and dancing at the end of Act One, it is not despite the weather. He lets the downpour of water express his own overflowing love; he lets the rain wash off his fear of being a fraud, rediscovering himself in a moment of happiness. Don Lockwood learns what we desert dwellers always knew: Rain is a blessing.

Thank You

The cast of the show contributed endlessly to its success, helping with so many essential details. The following people also made critical contributions Rehearsal Space - Tomer Belity-Dagan and the Jerusalem High School for the Arts Costume Items - Light Opera Group of the Negev and Elizabeth Homans Makeup team - Shlomit, Karen, Leah Front of House - Louise, Shifra, Shlomit, Miri, Yakir, Abigail, Alison, Dan J-town Playhouse, AACI New Spirit, Jerusalem The Jerusalem Foundation, Canada & Jerusalem The Lederman Foundation Administration - Bar Kayma with Noam and Lydia The scariest backdrop - Roxanne Goodkin-Levy The best demonstration - Robert Binder Film sequences shot at the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. Thanks so much to Dr. Juergen Buehler, President, and his friendly embassy staff. www.icej.org For support from near and far - Jeff and Elianna Rosenschein


About The Cast & Crew Alon Aviv (Cosmo Brown) programmer by day, has been forced to summarize his life in 75 words and just wasted 19. Alon spent much of his teenage years playing show tunes, just him and his piano. He later found out that other people actually permit him to sing these songs on stage or play them in the band. He was recently seen in “Beauty and the Beast” (Gaston), “A Chorus Line’ (Mike) and was the musical director of “Company”. Assaf Berznitsky (Don Lockwood) A graduate of the Nissan Nativ’s Actors’ Studio and the Theater Department at Hebrew University, Assaf is a professional actor, dancer, director, and educator. Among his favorite performances: “Mary Poppins” (Bert), “The Sound of Music” (Captain von Trapp) and “West Side Story” (Tony). In this production, he steps into the big tap shoes of Gene Kelly, who has always been an inspiration. He feels privileged to work with such a talented team of artists – in and behind the scenes! Aviella Trapido (Kathy) is thrilled to be playing this iconic role and enjoyed every minute working with the talented Starcatcher cast. Also, she finally put years of tap-dancing class to use! A seasoned performer and classically trained singer, her performances include “Pirates of Penzance” (Maybel), “Iolanthe” (Phyllis), “Patience” (Patience), “Oklahoma” (Laurey), “The Secret Garden” (Lily), “Hello Dolly” (Irene Malloy), and “Ordinary Days” (Claire).

Her Directorial credits include Stephen Sondheim's “Company”, “A Little Night Music” and “Merrily We Roll Along”. C.B. Davies (Sid Phillips) Credits include: “Annie” (Ensemble), “The Producers” (Kevin Green), “Number the Stars” (Ensemble), “Spring Awakening” (Hanschen), “Next To Normal” (Henry), “Remember My Name” (Hans Schmidt). Next: “Hannah Sennesh” (Stephan/ Devscery). He studied acting at American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Terry Schreiber Studios, and Michael Howard Studios. He co-produced an original concept album recording of the new musical “Song of Solomon” (www. solomonthemusical.com). Thank you Dena for all your support and to many more creative moments with you. Dale David Boccaccio Honor (Rod) has thirty-plus years experience as an actor, singer, dancer, model, and puppeteer. Recent TV role in “Blue Natali” (YES-Israel). Recent stage role: “The Producers” (Roger De Bris). His original “BURIED ALIVE” (four others) played on stage in Israel. Lead vocalist in R&B/Rock band “Blue Rainbow”. Next: Shlomo in “Divine Right” (Spanish Inquisition); May 2017 – Jerusalem Khan Theatre. Daniel Fox (Young Cosmo): recently starred in “Ordinary Days” (Warren), and has appeared in numerous other productions. When he isn't in musicals he enjoys spending his time not going to school, and instead playing whatever musical


instrument he feels like at the time. Daniel Lewin (Villain) started in “Grease” (Doody/Teen Angel) in High School, then a 2 year Drama course at Oakfields College, performing in numerous plays. Last seen in “Spring Awakening” (Georg), Daniel returns to Israel and Starcatcher after four long months in South Africa. He's never been so happy to hear American/Israeli accents again, oh and shawarma! Dena Davies (Ensemble) After a few years of not being on stage, she recently returned and appeared in “Count The Stars” (WPC). Previously, she has been in “Second Star To The Left” (J-Town Playhouse), “Hairspray” (Encore Youth), “Another Antigone” (JEST), and “Peter Pan” (JEST). Dena has been costume designer for previous Starcatcher productions but is now enjoying being on stage with them. She is very excited to (FINALLY) be on stage together with her husband CB! Yay! Evan Kent (Fabio) moved to Israel in 2014 from Los Angeles. Currently, Evan is on the faculty of Hebrew Union College teaching traditional and contemporary Jewish music. Evan has appeared in Jerusalem productions of “Next to Normal”, “Guys and Dolls”, and “Avenue Q”. Evan's one-man show "Shards: Putting the Pieces Together" will make its debut in Prague in April. Jennifer Fleischer (Ensemble) is excited to be in her first Starcatcher show! Favorite performances include “Annie” (Grace), “Sound of Music” (Ensemble), “Second Star to the Left” (Muse #5),

and “West Side Story” (Velma). She wishes that the whole cast breaks legs and gives lots of love to Ricky. Happy to be dancing with you again! Lauren Flaherty (Lina Lamont) is thrilled to be making her Starcatcher stage debut as Lina Lamont! After living in Dubai and Jordan, she moved to Jerusalem 2 1/2 years ago and has been active in the Jerusalem theater scene. She played in “Aladdin” (Princess Jasmine) and “The Wizard of Oz” (Glinda) on the Encore stage. Special thanks to Michael, Aiden, Mia, and Phinley for their unconditional love, all her amazing friends and to her parents who flew in from the US just to see the show! Leora Elman (Dexter) A native of Pittsburgh PA, Leora appeared in many English-speaking theater productions since making aliyah 10 years ago, including kicking butt in “Company” (Sarah) and appearing in countless Gilbert and Sullivan productions. A book-keeper by day, Leora loves spending her evenings singing and dancing, just not usually in the rain! Much love to husband David and two year old daughter Yonit (who will hopefully enjoy watching her first live theater show!). Mira Sykes (Zelda Zanders) Mira has performed in “Merrily We Roll Along” (Meg Kincaid), “Spring Awakening” (Mariana), and as a Munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz”. She's very excited to be a part of this production as “Singing in the Rain” has been her favorite movie since she was little.


Nuria Levy (Ensemble) is so excited to be part of “Singing in the Rain” after performing in “Second Star to the Left” (Ariel), “Aida” (ensemble), and “Oliver!” (ensemble). In her spare time she is an English teacher, a translator, a tour guide at Yad Vashem, and getting her masters in English Literature. Omer Yavin (Ensemble) After her appearance in “RENT” two years ago, Omer is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to participate in another Starcatcher production. By day she is an educator in the NOAL youth movement, and by night she shares her acrobalance obsession with anyone who is willing to pay. Peter Abelow (R.F. Simpson) Thrilled that aliyah introduced him to a warm circle of new friends in English musical theater in Jerusalem. Excited to play Simpson in the stage version of his childhood favorite movie. Veteran of Starcatcher (“West Side Story”, “Hairspray”) and Encore (G&S, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Carousel”, “My Fair Lady”, “Oliver”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Aladdin”, “The Wizard of Oz”), a graduate of NY's Music and Art HS, Peter is a licensed tour guide, and writes the Israel column for the OU's Jewish Action magazine. Rachel Lock (Assistant Director and others) is happy to finally be back on stage after a 4 year long break. Her previous credits include “Hairspray” (Tracy), and ... um.. that's it. Rachel now spends her mornings working in vernet technologies, and her evenings in rehearsal or walking her wonderful dog.

Rachel Sofaer (Tap Choreographer/ Dancer) is enthused to be part of this production! She previously choreographed “Cabaret” at UC Santa Barbara, her alma mater. She loves Starcatcher so you may have seen her in “A Chorus Line” (Val), “RENT” (Mimi), or “Spring Awakening” (Martha). As a filmmaker and performer, she is delighted to bring the magic of the movies to the stage! Rebecca Sykes (Dora Bailey) Last seen in “Spring Awakening”, Rebecca also appeared in “Guys and Dolls” (Adelaide), “The Sound of Music” (Baroness), “Man of La Mancha” (Aldonza), “The Wizard of Oz” (Glinda) and “Company” (Joanne). Like her character, she might ask you what you’re wearing, but only to see if it will allow you to do a handstand. It will, and she will help. Ricky Fleischer (Ensemble) Past musical performances include “Second Star to the Left” (Prince Charming), “Guys and Dolls” (Nicely Nicely Johnson), “Beauty and the Beast” (Cogsworth), “Joseph” (Jacob/The Baker), “West Side Story” (Officer Krupke) and “1776” (Thomas Jefferson) and various chorus parts. He’s currently looking for work in computers, all leads welcome. Good luck to the cast and thanks to my wife, Jenn, for making me look good. Richie Mann (Officer) holds an MA in political science and currently works in media relations for NGO Monitor. Previous theatre credits include “Spring Awakening” (Otto), “RENT” (Mr. Jefferson/Pastor), “A Chorus Line”


(Don Kerr), “Little Shop of Horrors” (additional roles and puppeteer) and “Hairspray” (Fender). Born and raised in El Paso, Texas just like the late, great Debbie Reynolds. To quote the Hollywood legend: "I guess they build 'em tough in El Paso." Sandy Cash (Miss Dinsmore) is delighted to be part of her first Starcatcher production. A singersongwriter who has also performed at Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theater in “Les Mis” and in the Israel Opera Chorus, Sandy's performances include “Sound of Music” (Mother Superior), “Next to Normal” (Diana), “A Little Night Music” (Desiree), and “The King and I” (Anna). She thanks her husband for always– always!–being there to cheer her on. Sraya Goldstein (Young Don) Is delighted to appear for the first time with Starcatcher. Selected credits include “The Wizard of Oz” (Scarecrow), “Aladdin” (Omar), “The Secret Garden” (Colin), “On Golden Pond” (Billy), and “The Phantom Tollbooth” (Milo). Sraya studies ballet, jazz, and modern dance in the Jerusalem Dance Theater, and privately with Avichai Barlinsky. Sraya is majoring in art and history in 11th grade. PRODUCTION STAFF Yaeli Greenblatt (Director & Choreographer, Starcatcher Cofounder) is a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and director. She is currently working towards a PhD in English Literature at the Hebrew University. Theatre credits include: Director- "Spring Awakening", "A

Chorus Line." Choreographer “RENT” (Starcatcher), “Little Shop of Horrors” (Jest & Starcatcher), “Grease” (Center Stage), “25th… Spelling Bee” (Jtown Playhouse), “West Side Story”, “Hairspray” (Encore!), Choreographer for original plays “Ah Jerusalem!”, and “Solika” (Bat Yam Musicals Festival). Actress “Carousel” (Louise), “Danger!” (Bo). Eli Kaplan-Wildmann (Director, Designer; Starcatcher Cofounder) lives in Jerusalem and loves creating and designing in this city. His favorite projects here have involved designing for the Jerusalem Opera, Psik, the Light Festival, as well as his husband Ron. He directed the musicals “Hairspray”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “RENT”, “Danger!” and “Solika”. 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", in addition to TV and events for NBC, MTV and ESPN. Haim Tukachinsky (Musical Director) is an award winning Pianist and composer who performs as soloist, accompanist and chamber music player in concerts throughout Israel and abroad. Previous Musical Theater experience includes musician in “Cats” and “Little Night Music”, and musical director for “Seussical”, “Peter Pan”, “The Producers” (Israel Musicals), “Next to Normal”, “First Date”, “Merrily we Roll Along”, “Ordinary Days” (J Town Playhouse), “The Sound of Music”, and several Broadway reviews.


Elinor Kaufman (Producer) is excited to be producing her second show with Starcatcher (the first being “RENT” in 2015). She has been involved in the Jerusalem Community theater scene for many years as an actress, director and producer. Elinor is proud to be sharing this experience with her husband Aryeh and can't wait until her son Zev gets to join the fun (neither can he)! Elinor Slater (Stage Manager) began as a stage manager in high school and has been the stage manager for the Frankel School Theater (Bustan Hasephardi) and a number of ENCORE productions. She appeared on stage in the JEST production of "The Diary of Anne Frank". With her late husband, Robert Slater, she co-authored "Great Jewish Women" and "Great Jewish Men". LeeAnn Langer (Props Mistress) is excited to work on her first production with Starcatcher. She is also excited to be props mistress for the first time. She has previously been a stage manager and done lighting design for numerous productions at Boston University, and more recently with ENCORE productions. Noam C. Golombek (Lighting design and operation) is a Jerusalem based technical producer and lighting designer. His work includes designs for stage productions such as Mozart's “Magic Flute”, and I. Sharon's “Pyramus and Thisbe”, and F. Dürrenmatt's “The Visit”. In addition, he has designed at festivals including, the Efrat 2015 Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration, and the Israel Arts and Sciences 25th anniversary gala. Noam is excited to return to

Jerusalem community theater previously designing Encore!'s “Hairspray”, and JEST's “Little Shop of Horrors”. Aryeh Krasman (Acting coach) is happy to be helping out, after many years of working on Jerusalem stages, both as an actor and as a director of plays, with various companies. Rachel Jacobson (Props Crafting) misses the stage but is happy to be a part of "Singin' in the Rain" by continuing her streak in the prop studio. She finds human-eating plants from outer space strangely lacking in this production, but is honored to have designed a 1920's phone. Rachel spends her days in the R&D department of the Education Ministry, even as she finally fulfilled her dream of modeling Kate Monster, Princeton & the Bears for AACI's "Avenue Q." 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. Yona Kaplan (Video editing and PR Photos) is an innovative videographer who produces effective marketing video ads for businesses and non-profits. Yona executes all aspects of the project, including filming, post-production editing and music production. Clients include several trendy bars, online retailers, educational programs and boutique wineries. He also offers professional photography, live stage and sound management, and marketing material graphic design. yonamusic.com


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Starcatcher's Singin' in the Rain Program  

The show program for the musical SIngin' in the Rain produced in Jerusalem in 2017 by Starcatcher theater

Starcatcher's Singin' in the Rain Program  

The show program for the musical SIngin' in the Rain produced in Jerusalem in 2017 by Starcatcher theater

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