Esther

Welcome to “ESTHER and the Secrets in the King’s Court”

A frightening world! A foolish king has empowered the most wicked of all Prime Ministers to destroy a hated people within their midst. It seems the end is near for an entire race.

The decree has been signed. The deed will be done.
And then from the shadows of the palace steps a shy girl who must put aside her fears in order to save her entire nation.
The story was real. The villain was real. The girl was real.

Her name was ESTHER, and she was taken from her home and family to become a reluctant queen. But she grew into a brave and regal ruler, and she found within her soul the courage to fight the evil around her, and to face her enemy – even if it meant her life.

 

The story of Esther was a perfect choice for the women of the Efrat/Gush Etzion Raise Your Spirits Summer Stock Company.

As terror encompassed an entire world, as people across the globe feared for their lives because of the horrendous plans of Emperors of Evil, the women of Raise Your Spirits refused to be defeated.

Their goal with “ESTHER and the Secrets in the King’s Court” was to give their audiences the courage to face the challenges of a frightening world, and the hope that indeed good could triumph over evil.

“Esther and the Secrets in the King’s Court” is Raise Your Spirits’ first original production, previously staged in 2001: story adaptation and lyrics by Sharon Katz, Toby Klein Greenwald and Arlene Chertoff. The original music was composed by Rivka Epstein Hatten, with new arrangements by Paul Salter, Amit Ben Atar and Mitch Clyman.

Cast

Esther – Avital Macales
Mordechai – Deena Lawi
Achashverosh – Elana Kronenberg
Haman (Memuhan) – Sharon Katz
Zeresh – Bracha Daniel
Darius – Yael Valier
Vashti – Chani Natura
Megilla singer – Nava Weider
Harvona – Chaya Lapidot
Bigtan – Eudice Spitz
Teresh – Meira Golbert
Hatach – Elana GertelLADIES OF THE COURT
Atarah Jacobs
Aviva Karpel
Bati Katz
Nava Weider
Roni Tabackman
Tamar KaminsKING’S ADVISORS
Felicity Aziz – Tarshish
Heather Gelb – Carshina
Ruth Nachshon – Admata
Sharon Katz – Memuhan (Haman)
Susie Komar – Meress
Tammy Rubin – MarsinaEUNUCHS
Avigayil Goldberg
Eliore Macales
Fayge Bedell – Hegeh (Head Eunuch)
Noa Choritz
Razia Weisel
Shkedia Dishi
Ilana Gertel (Hatach)

Shushan Ensemble (Townspeople)
Bella Hyman
Debbie Abelow
Esti Holland
Hilary Hurwitz
Lessa Roskin
Netta De Vriend
Rachel Meir

Haman’s Sons and Daughter
Ayelet Harbater
Chaya Lapidot
Elana Gertel
Elishama Tropper-Wachtel
Hadas Betzalel
Maayan Kronenberg
Michal Schwartz
Reut Shiran
Roni Tabackman
Sara Guggenheim
Tiferet Nachshon

Contestants
Esti Holland – Theresa
Gayle Berman – Opera singer
Hadas Betzalel – Orsamia
Reut Shiran
Smadar Goldstein – Darlene
Tiferet Nachshon
Toby Klein Greenwald – Grizeppo
Elishama Tropper-Wachtel
Hadassah Krengel

Women Through the Ages/Retribution Dancers
Sara Guggenheim
Michal Schwartz
Elishama Tropper-Wachtel
Ayelet Harbater
Rivka Klein
Roni Tabackman

Tango Dancers
Ayelet Harbater
Elishama Tropper-Wachtel
Hadas Betzalel
Michal Schwartz
Reut Shiran
Sara Guggenheim
Tabackman RoniAcapella (Women through the Ages, Retribution, Etc.)
Atara Jacobs
Avital Macales
Aviva Karpel
Bracha Daniel
Chani Natura
Chaya Lapidot
Deena Lawi
Eliore Macales
Esti Holland
Nava Weider
Roni Tabackman
Tammy Rubin
Yael ValierGOLDEN VOICES
Adina Kirshner
Aliza Gimpel
Avigayil Goldberg
Elior Rappaport
Hadas Goldstein
Hadassah Krengel
Ilana Berman
Maayan Kronenberg
Meira Yarmish
Meirav Mann
Michal Karpel
Moriah Snowbell
Odelle Epstein
Shir Katz
Sophia Golbert
Yael YarmishPERSION DUDES
Avigayil Goldberg
Elior Rappaport
Hadas Betzalel
Hadas Goldstein
Hadassah Krengel
Kerem Rappaport
Maatan Kronenberg
Meira Yarmish
Meirav Mann
Nehora Riskin
Noa Pessin
Odelle Epstein
Razia Weisel
Reut Shiran
Shkedia Dishi
Sophia Golbert
Tiferet Nachshon
Yael Yarmish
Zahava Pieprz

Production

 

Director: Toby Klein Greenwald
Production Manager: Eudice Spitz
Music Director: Gayle Berman
Choreographer: Sara Orenstein
Assistant Music Director: Avital Macales
Founder of RYS: Sharon Katz
Business Manager: Tammy Rubin
Head of Costuming: Ilana Epstein
Costume designer for Esther, Vashti, Zeresh:Bayla Lewis
Costume Coordinator: Meira Golbert
Costume Helpers: Eudice Spitz, Toby Klein Greenwald, Yael Valier, Sharon Katz
Production Helpers: Avital Macales, Noa Choritz, Yael Valier, Felicity Aziz, Sharon Katz, Tammy Rubin
Stage Manager: Bati Katz
Stage Hands: Elisheva Ariel, our amazing teens
Microphones: Hilary Hurwitz, Shellie Ben David
Make-up Captain: Zohar Mendelson
Make-up Team: Nina Devere, Yaara Kass, Zohar Mendelson, Regina Minkoff, Elishama Tropper- Wachtel, Sandra Orman
Translator, projection of surtitles: Michal Yechieli
Playbill: Sharon Katz
Playbill – Hebrew editor: Limor Riskin and Avital Macales
Usher Captain: Felicity Aziz
Seamstress: Succa Smiles
Scenery: Carol Segal
Scenery concepts: Toby Klein Greenwald, Ilana Epstein, Carol Racklin-Segal, Yael Valier, Noa Greenwald-Assis, Limor Riskin
Sound and Light Director: Yair Balams
Sound and Light Crew: Lior Sack, Ronen Yosef, Ro’i Cohen
Ad Coordinator: Valerie Pessin
Tickets: Shelley Bloom
Buses and groups: Hadassa Lapidot
Website: Studio Grafinet
Design of logo, ads, T-shirts: Sharon Katz
Printing of playbill / posters: Dfus Kalanit