Orna Porat kids’ season begins

Forty years on, and now named for its founder, Orna Porat's CYT not only still provides good theater but has lifted standards for children's theater.

By HELEN KAYE
May 31, 2010 04:53
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Deciding that children deserved quality theater no less than adults, great actress and Israel Prize laureate Orna Porat founded the Children and Youth Theater (CYT) in 1970. Forty years on, and now named for its founder, OPCYT not only still provides good theater but over the years has lifted standards for children’s theater overall.

The 40th anniversary theme for OPCYT is “We Can Too,” or the idea that children can also change things in our world.

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Orna’s Magic, a tribute to Porat by Hagit Rechavi-Nikolayevsky, tells of how a group of kids, led by the determined Orna, resurrects a run-down old theater and revitalizes the neighborhood (ages 5-9).


Gifted young playwright/director Maor Zagorri directs Watching the Ball, a new play by Aviv Luz that has a group of kids fighting for a better quality of life and the environment in their neighborhood (8-12).

Aladdin and His Magic Lamp (4-9) is a dance theater piece with choreography by Roni Bernstetter. The Drama Club is an updated revival by Dafna Engel of Moti Baharav’s 1980s play about a group of at-risk youth whose lives are changed when they join a drama group (13-18). A new production of Datya’s Fun Warehouse showcases the work of poet/composer Datya Ben-Dor.

Gifted director/educator Itzik Weingarten and director Dalia Fradkin collaborated on Something Wonderful Is Going to Happen, a play about a little boy looking for his mom that won prizes at the Children’s Theater Festival this April, and in The Tale of a Little Bush, based on the book by Osnat Jaspe about a miserable little thorn horribly lacking in self-esteem (all three are geared towards ages 3-7).


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