Arts in brief: July 24

Community opera comes to Tel Aviv; Love Hewitt cast in ‘Jewtopia’ movie; TA master class moves to city of Angels.

July 23, 2011 22:04
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Jennifer Love Hewitt poses at a film premiere.

jennifer love hewitt. (photo credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)


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Community opera comes to Tel Aviv

Cinderella, by Rossini, will be presented at Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center on July 28. This is for the first time, that a production, staged in the framework of the Community opera project, will be performed at the Opera House. The production is created in cooperation with residents of small peripheral towns, Netivot and Tirat HaCarmel. The idea of the project is to bring the magic operatic genre closer to new audiences.

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Ethan Schmeisser, who also arranged the score for this abridged production, conducts the Raanana Symphonette orchestra. Shirit Lee Weiss is the stage director.

Maxim Reider

Love Hewitt cast in ‘Jewtopia’ movie

Jennifer Love Hewitt was cast in a leading role for a movie version of Jewtopia.

Love Hewitt, who starred in the television show The Ghost Whisperer, and Crossing Jordan star Ivan Sergei will head the cast in an adaptation of the hit play and best-selling book, Variety reported.

Jewtopia is the longest-running off-Broadway comedy in history, with more than 1,200 performances.

Sergei will play Christian O’Connell, a non-Jewish plumber who wants a Jewish girlfriend to make all his decisions for him. He poses as a Jewish doctor with the help of his Jewish childhood friend Adam.

Love Hewitt will portray Alison Marks, who meets Christian at a singles mixer at a synagogue.

 – JTA

TA master class moves to city of Angels

For the 13th consecutive year, the Tel Aviv Los Angeles Partnership, sponsored by the Los Angeles Jewish Federation and Israeli businessman and arts investor Miki Yerushalmi, will hold master classes and workshops for Israeli and American film students. This year, the program, which runs until July 24, will be held in Los Angeles.

A group of Israeli film professionals including Gil Shohat, Giora Diamond, Naftali Glicksberg, and Ayelet Efrati will participate in master classes with well-known Hollywood film and television artists. The purpose of the delegation’s visit is to develop and strengthen ties between the cinema and television of Israel and America.

The Hollywood pros participating this year include Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, director Ed Zwick (Defiance), and series creators and producers John Wells (West Wing, Mildred Pierce), Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI), J.J. Abrams (Lost and Super 8) , Jonathan Littman (Without a Trace), Chuck Lorre (Mike and Molly), Marta Kauffman (Friends), Jim Burrows (Frasier) and many others.

Hannah Brown

Suzanne Dellal to host kids’ summer fest

Kids get to share in summer festivals with theater, dance-theater and story-telling from August 22-24 in the Magic of Legend festival at the Suzanne Dellal Dance Center in Tel Aviv, this year celebrating its 21st birthday.

Dance-theater premieres include The Adventures of Pinochio, Zvuva Zamzamova (Mistress Fly Buzz) and Arye's Tears. Other shows are The Magic Pea, Button Soup and Bobo and Lucinda. For the wee ones story-telling sessions include Leah Goldberg's enchanting Where’s Pluto.

There’ll also be free shows on the plaza from 5:30 to 7:30 pm daily as well as workshops and activity corners to keep the kids busy.

Tickets are from NIS 35-75.

 Jerusalem Post Staff

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