Rodeph Sholom Theater Company

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Our History

New York City is one of the world centers of great theater, and many of our congregants are participants in the NYC theater scene–as producers, actors, directors, volunteers, theatergoers…one day the light went on: hey, let’s put on a show!

In 1981, Rodeph Sholom produced Fiddler on the Roof with Joan Steinman and Bea Bayer as assistant directors to Andy Cadiff and Stephanie Lasher as assistant stage manager to Ken Weiss.  It was followed by seven other productions, including such greats as Show Boat, King and I, and The Sound of Music.  After an eighteen-year hiatus, the Rodeph Sholom Theater Company was reinstated in 2005 by Rabbi Leora Kaye and a small group of theater-enthusiast congregants, Jerilyn Perman, Brad Zizmor, and Peter Shaerf to name a few.   Our production draws on the talents of our congregants and working theater professionals.  Some recent productions include SeussicalJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 42nd Street, and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Photo Credits: Jacob Perman and Paula Mermelstein

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The Cat In the Hat with Thing 1 and some Whos.

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Horton the Elephant (Brad Zizmor) in Seussical.

 

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Gertrude and The Cat In the Hat in Seussical.

 

 

The Drowsy Chaperone (Jerilyn Perman) "Stumbles Along"

The Drowsy Chaperone (Jerilyn Perman) “Stumbles Along.”

Underling (Karl Savryn) and Mrs. Tottendale (Renee Lasher) enjoy some 'ice water'

Underling (Karl Savryn) and Mrs. Tottendale (Renee Lasher) enjoy some ‘ice water’ in The Drowsy Chaperone.

Gangster #1 (Rob James), Mr. Feldzieg (Brad Zizmor), and Gangster # 2 (Jordan Bland) make a "Toledo Surprise"

Gangster #1 (Rob James), Mr. Feldzieg (Brad Zizmor), and Gangster # 2 (Jordan Bland) make a “Toledo Surprise” in The Drowsy Chaperone.

CRS's 2014 production of 42nd Street.

CRS’s 2014 production of 42nd Street.

CRS's 2014 production of 42nd Street.

CRS’s 2014 production of 42nd Street.

CRS's 2014 production of 42nd Street.

CRS’s 2014 production of 42nd Street.