Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre - A PERFORMING ARTS WINDOW ON "LIVING JEWISH"
  THANKS FOR VISITING !
 (The comments you hear below are those of the actors in 
"Driving Miss Daisy" -  and later in this site from a preview of our very first production in 2010,
"Crossing Delancey")

We are currently in a new area, waiting to begin our adventure anew.   AND ....  we will keep you updated!  In the meantime, do enjoy looking though the pages of this site to check out  the work done in Santa Cruz, CA.

THE 2013 season featured       
'FIDDLER  ON THE ROOF' ! 
 A giant of a  production. 


"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.  
"With this production, we  closed 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" won  four IMEA Awards in acting and tech work (International Music and Entertainment Awards) and were testimonies to great ensemble work as well as dedication to the demanding art of theatre.  Liliana would have loved this adventure!
At the end of 2013, the 'Management', Fred and I, have moved 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!)" ... Plans for the future include continuing our work in theatre. Yes "It's in our blood".  This site will remain in memory of our wonderful friend, Liliana Moraru.  When we have more to tell you about our new venture in theatre, it will be posted here as well as on a new site in 'treading the boards' right here in North Carolina.    We can't thank you enough for all your support in Santa Cruz.     
Claire Cameron
 Thanks once again to KSCO and to Santa Cruz Good Times, as well as to our theatre friends 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, May 2013 -  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 came in to us all the time .. it was so gratifying.) 
We managed to do - 'the incredible'.  We 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 a wonderful audience reception.




Emmy Johnson
      as ANNE FRANK
  

  Jackson Wolffe
as OTTO FRANK


   

 Our summer production July/August, 2012




Donna Young Fasolas &
Jackie Sadowsky
(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

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Driving Miss Daisy-Cast Interviews
A brief promotional video for our 1st 2012 season production, "Driving Miss Daisy" by Alfred Uhry. Brief interviews with the cast: Janine Theodore, Doug Brook, and JJ Porter. Performance Dates are...






 
 
our website is dedicated to the memory of LILIANA and her incredible love of the Arts.
LILIANA  MORARU
Liliana and her daughters - happy days                                                  1955-2010
 

 

ALFRED UHRY'S "DRIVING MISS DAISY"
with Janine Theodore, Doug Brook, AND 
JJ Porter as 'HOKE'.
A GREAT SHOW ... A PULITZER PRIZE WINNER! ... THIS SHOW PLAYED TO FULL HOUSES on Broadway AND EARLIER  IN LONDON

SEE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE:
"Liliana Moraru Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre'

 
Doug Brook - BOOLIE
Janine Theodore - DAISY
JJ Porter - HOKE
A truly talented trio!

 
 
Best female actor, IMEA Awards, 2013 
 
 
 
 
 
Best male actor,
IMEA Awards, 2013 






 OUR PRODUCTION of the 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.  Judith Wellner (MRS. VAN DAAN)
won the IMEA Award for best featured (supporting) female actor in a community theatre production.
 
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
                             "CROSSING DELANCEY"
                             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 worked hard to grow. To expand our characters & understand their motives -Above all, we were ever mindful of producing the best for those of you who came to see us perform.
 
'LILIANA MORARU SANTA CRUZ JEWISH THEATRE'
a new community theatre company in Santa Cruz, CA. 
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 were elevated.  Viewing from any location was 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
 
 













For future productions in our new home in North Carolina, please feel free to contact us at:seezie@yahoo.com
 
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 
 *
In tribute and honor to a creative spirit, an amazingly supportive woman of our community 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 one of OUR STAGE MANAGERS: 
"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!"
 
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