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February 25, 2014 > The Lion King Shpiel roars into town

The Lion King Shpiel roars into town

Submitted By Martha Garcia

On March 8 and 9, Temple Beth TorahÕs Shushan Players will perform their brand new Purim Shpiel musical entitled ÒThe Lion King Shpiel,Ó which is based on the animated film and Broadway musical of the same name.

The story of Purim is found in the biblical book of Esther, and is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from an evil plot to annihilate them, and is known for its joyous, carnival-like atmosphere.

A Purim Shpiel is an oft campy theatrical presentation of the Purim story that provides an opportunity for crowds to cheer the heroes (Mordecai and Esther) and boo the villain (Haman). Shpiels are a staple of many modern synagogue Purim celebrations, as is the case with Temple Beth Torah in Fremont. We are very excited to perform our new show for our friends and family in the Tri Cities community!

ÒThe Lion King ShpielÓ was written and directed by Laura Golden, produced by Greg Ravenscroft, and choreographed by Janette Buechler. The programÊwill offer audiences an intimate, theater-in-the-round style of performance that features a fantastic lineup of experienced lead performers, including Washington High School drama teacher Matthew Ballin as the villain Haman Scar. As always though, our cast is extensive and comprised of ensemble performers of all ages who will be up on the stage representing and entertaining our local community. Another exciting aspect of ÒThe Lion King ShpielÓ is the wonderful costumes. You will be amazed at the multitude of beautiful and intricate animal costumes and headpieces creatively designed and handcrafted by local residents Cheryl Cohen and Hannah Golden.

Tickets for ÒThe Lion King ShpielÓ are on sale now at There will be two performances only at Temple Beth Torah on Saturday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 9 at 12:30 p.m.

All seating is reserved, with ticket prices at $50 for front row VIP seats, and $15 for all other seating.

For additional information, please call Temple Beth Torah at (510) 656-7141 or go to

The Lion King Shpiel
Saturday, Mar 8
8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Mar 9
12:30 p.m.
Temple Beth Torah
42000 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont
(510) 656-7141
Tickets: $15 general or $50 VIP

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