Celebrate the season by sharing great stories.
The Power of Light features classics by beloved authors Patricia Polacco and Eric A. Kimmel that highlight the human qualities that bring light into the darkness of winter. These stories leap off the page in Jewish Theatre Collaborative’s unforgettable performance. This offering is a great way for families still together for the Thanksgiving weekend to get ready for Hanukah. Sponsors PJ Library and Congregation Shir Tikva will be on hand to sell Hanukah staples and provide information.
The Power of Light presented by actors Sara Fay Goldman and Darrell Salk, features Eric Kimmel and Patricia Polacco’s intergenerational classics “When Mindy Saved Hanukkah” and “The Trees of the Dancing Goats”.
In The Trees of the Dancing Goats, The family farms of rural Michigan are all preparing for Christmas – except for Trisha, who is helping her grandparents, prepare a traditional Russian Hanukkah. When epidemic lays her Christian neighbors low preventing their holiday preparations, Trisha’s family comes to the rescue – opening a magic door to cross cultural respect and understanding. Patricia Polacco’s story captures the joy of the holiday season and its opportunity to unite community in celebration of friendship, family and love. Winner of numerous children’s book awards including three Parent’s Choice Awards, Polacco is known for her stories that bring warmth and diversity to the American Jewish canon.
When Mindy Saved Hanukkah takes us right before Hanukkah to where the Klein (Small) family waits in their home behind the walls of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Papa is late coming back with the candle they need to light the menorah. When Papa finally stumbles in, injured and candle-less, they learn the synagogue has gotten a new cat, terrible as King Antiochus of Maccabee legend. Can young Mindy brave the danger and save Hanukkah? Eric A. Kimmel’s story of how one small family can overcome grave danger brings the Hanukkah story to life for our next generation of small ones. Caldecott and Newberry Honor winner Eric A. Kimmel wanted to be an author ever since “he first discovered back in kindergarten that people called authors make books.” His first book came out in 1974, and since then he has published over fifty titles.
JTC’s production The Power of Light was developed 3 years ago in collaboration with PJ Library. PJ Library provides FREE Jewish-content bedtime books and music on a monthly basis to children ages six months to six years in families in the Portland Metro Area with at least one Jewish parent. The stories included in the performance are a part of the PJ Library.
Jewish Theatre Collaborative (JTC) engages audiences in dynamic performances that use Jewish stories as a springboard for thoughtful and engaging conversations about the depth and diversity of human experience.
We are thrilled to be giving away 4 tickets to either the December 2 or 9 performance plus copies of the two books the performance is based on signed by the performers.
posted by Tabitha Rhodes