THANKS FOR VISITING !
THE 2013 featured
'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF' !
A giant of a production.
831-465-1411 for special needs seats.
Cash or check at the door.
Shows run weekends, June 8-23.
Friday & Saturdays-8PM-10:30 including Intermission
Sunday Matinee at 3PM-5:30
"FIDDLER" is one of the greats in musical theatre and a big undertaking for our theatre.
The story is based on the Sholem Aleichem short story, "Tevye The Milkman and his Daughters".
The time is 1905 in the small village of Anatevka in Czarist Russia. The story itself translates even today in its messages: traditions, generational changes, and finally - displacement, the eternal struggle for some - to find a home.
If you can attend one of the performances, put this one on your "must see" list!
"With this production, we are closing the doors to the 'Liliana Moraru Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre'. We have had a wonderful run of years. Last year's "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Diary of Anne Frank" were testimonies to great ensemble work as well as dedication to the demanding art of theatre. Liliana would have loved this adventure!
The 'Management', Fred and I, are moving at the end of this year to the east coast, to the white sands and blue waters of North Carolina! (And to that lovely Southern grace and charm I miss so much .... I lived in southern Florida for 12 wonderful years. Both coasts of this great country have so much to offer!)" ... Claire Cameron
Thanks once again to KSCO and to Santa Cruz Good Times, as well as to our theatre buddies who stood behind us.
JULY/AUGUST PRODUCTION - 2012
OUR SUMMER SHOW - 2012 - 'The Diary of Anne Frank' .... OUR 2012 SPRING SHOW -
'Driving Miss Daisy' ... wonderful season.
Thank you all who worked so hard with us!
July 26th,2012 - KSCO - Thank you !
And - August. 2012, Community Television of Santa Cruz County - It was fun being filmed by you. We appreciated the opportunity !
Take a look at the first COMMENT we received after our July/August show.
You can find it in our 'TESTIMONIALS' page!
"You have more than exceeded our expectations this 2012 season. Driving Miss Daisy was brilliant. The Diary of Anne Frank left us breathless. Wonderful acting, great direction, set, light and sound effects. The Liliana Moraru Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre has left an amazing footprint among the theaters that fill our community.
Thank you for the quality we did not expect in a venue with such limitations. It takes more than magic. It takes artistry and hard work." (from a devoted fan)
This comment completely blew us away! Thank you, whoever you are !!!
(Notes come in to us all the time .. this is so gratifying.)
We have managed to do - 'the incredible'. We have brought a community Jewish Theatre, standing on its own merits, to the central California coast for the very first time.
Was this not an historical event?!
Wendy Kesselman's recent adaptation of
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
at the 17th Avenue Live Oak Grange
1900 17th Ave in Santa Cruz
OPENED JULY 20, 2012 @ 8PM
for three consecutive weekends - to wonderful audience reception.
as ANNE FRANK
as OTTO FRANK
Our summer production July/August, 2012
Donna Young Fasolas &
(Edith Frank & Margot)
Donna Young Fasolas as EDITH FRANK
comforting MARGOT during bombing sequence
Judith Wellner - Tom Goldrup
(The Van Daans)
Emmy Johnson as ANNE
OUR SPRING SHOW, APRIL 2012
our website is dedicated to the memory of LILIANA and her incredible love of the Arts.
ALFRED UHRY'S "DRIVING MISS DAISY"
with Janine Theodore, Doug Brook, AND
JJ Porter as 'HOKE'.
A GREAT SHOW ... A PULITZER PRIZE WINNER! ... ON BROADWAY 2011, THIS SHOW PLAYED TO FULL HOUSES, AND EARLIER THAT YEAR IN LONDON.
We are located at the 17th Ave GRANGE in Santa Cruz. 1900 17th Ave.
SEE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE:
"Liliana Moraru Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre'
Doug Brook - BOOLIE
Janine Theodore - DAISY
JJ Porter - HOKE
A truly talented trio!
OUR OCTOBER 2012 PRODUCTION, THE LATEST VERSION OF
'THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK' by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman - a work of love for us, as well as sweat and tears.
Our FINAL SHOW OF 2011 -
Comments came in from audience members and by MAIL
Thank you for all the glowing words.
HAUNTING LOOK AT THE JOURNEY OF ONE MAN FROM HIS BEGINNINGS IN HELL'S KITCHEN, INTO THE CHAOTIC "TAKE-OVER" DAYS IN BOXING AND THE PEOPLE HE AFFECTED ALONG THE WAY. In this journey, he continually reached for a dream which seemed impossible - to become a man of God. "RAISON d'ETRE-A REASON TO BE". Based on the book, "Redemption At Ringside" ... the true story of the man called the "DON QUIXOTE OF BOXING".
OUR FIRST DRAMA - Listed under Sentinel's "Best Bets"
* PHOTOGRAPHS OF PRODUCTION - 'CONTACT US' PAGE *
*SEE CURRENT COMMENTS ON THIS SHOW
AT BOTTOM OF 'TESTIMONIALS' PAGE.
SEE WHAT AUDIENCES HAVE SAID ABOUT CAST AND THE SURPRISING EFFECT OF SCRIPT.
OPENER of our 1st SEASON - Summer, 2010
by Susan Sandler.
featuring Jessica Alder as IZZY,
Ali Eppy as BUBBE / Karen Schamberg as BUBBE
Christine Silver as
HANNAH (the Matchmaker)
and SCOTT KRAVITZ as 'SAM'
the first show, 2010
- A very special thanks
from Claire Cameron,
Resident Director/Artistic Director
to all the wonderful people who stood behind us in this adventure in building the first Jewish theatre on the Central CA. coast. -
to one great man who gave us a venue & helped us with many problems,
to our Advisor, our audiences, the various media folks, the theatre community,
to teachers of drama, to directors, lighting consultants and their staff,
our great technical staff who put up with all my creative insanity -
to our great construction guys, to theatre folks who aided us in our 11th hour,
to our charter members and the people who came forward with helpful comments,
to those who wrote to us and made us feel ever hopeful for a wonderful adventure as we move forward - and especially to our family of actors
who give more than 150% of themselves -
Thank you for your amazing support!
Claire Cameron, Resident Director/Artistic Director
Liliana Moraru Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre
As a special note,
I thank you for your belief in us, and for your trust in our efforts.
Liliana once told me that "You can't pull a great performance out of your back pocket!"
So we work hard to grow. To expand our characters & understand their motives -Above all, we are ever mindful of producing the best for those of you who come to see us perform.
'LILIANA MORARU SANTA CRUZ JEWISH THEATRE'
a new community theatre company in Santa Cruz, CA.
is focused on presenting the Jewish experience
in all its joys, humor, and perplexities ...
Its tears and its smiles.
The opening of this theatre has been called "ground-breaking" and "history in the making"! The first-ever Jewish Theatre on the CENTRAL CALIFORNIA COAST
Ms. Cameron, Resident Director, has included the quote below.
("If I am not for myself, who will be?
If I am only for myself, what am I? And, if not now, when?")
Rabbi Hillel - (in memory of Alan M. Shapiro, LCSW)
The opening show of the 2011 season was
Neil Simon's hilarious comedy,
"LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS"
SEE OUR "CONTACT US" PAGE FOR PHOTOS and MORE INFORMATION!
NEWS: Most rows in our theatre are now elevated. Viewing from any location is more comfortable for our audience. Intermission snack bar is always available!
The 2011 season was exciting:
Our Director for LAST July's show, "I Ought to be in Pictures" by Neil Simon, was the amazing Mr. Scott Kravitz!!
"I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES" A huge hit !
..... "An underrated gem ... " from Santa Cruz Sentinel's take on the Neil Simon script
OUR FALL PRODUCTION 2011:
multi-layered, challenging drama, stylized & unique ~
"RAISON d'ETRE - A REASON TO BE"
MORE PHOTOS ON 'CONTACT US' PAGE
If you have any comments, questions or requests
I thank all of you who have taken the time to write.
In this time of economic difficulties, we seem to be progressing. See our "TESTIMONIALS" page!
A very thankful Claire
*For any seasoned actors, technicians, playwrights, directors in our area who wish to work along with us, call the number below, and arrange interviews or auditions. STIPENDS FOR ACTORS. PAY FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT.
We are currently a 60-seat house.
Call early for best front seats - 831-465-1411.
Let us know which performance date you plan to attend.
Or go to brownpaperticckets.com to purchase.
In tribute and honor to a creative spirit, an amazingly supportive woman of our new Jewish Theatre, & of the Santa Cruz Arts,
we re-named the original Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre.
Liiana passed from our world at 55, the night before the opening of our first show.
A great friend & invaluable force in pushing us all forward.
Our theatre stands because of her incredible strength
& love of the Arts.
In her honor, and her unforgettable memory, we became:
THE LILIANA MORARU
SANTA CRUZ JEWISH THEATRE
We are a member theatre of the ASSOCIATION FOR JEWISH THEATRE and the American Association of Community Theatre.
*Material from new playwrights was always welcome and kept
coming. Together, we were 'one'.
COMMENTS: "You don't have to be Jewish to LOVE Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre!"
Eileen Casey - (from an old Levy Bread ad)
"What a lovely way to spend an evening!"
Robin Zimmer - (former editor, The Beacon)
"Oh, SAM! You look just like Vincent Price!!" ... from "Crossing Delancey", 2010, our theatre's fantastic opener!
Christine Silver and Scott Kravitz (the 'matchmaker' and the 'pickle-man')
LILIANA ONCE TOLD OUR STAGE MANAGER:
"AN ACTOR IS LIKE BEING A DUCK! - ON THE SURFACE YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, CALM AND COLLECTED, BUT BELOW THE SURFACE YOUR FEET ARE PADDLING LIKE CRAZY!"