Thursday, October 5, 2006
Ruth & Naomi in the Fields of Bethlehem
Last night, not far from Bethlehem (Beit Lechem), the women of Gush Etzion's Raise Your Spirits Summer Stock Company debuted Ruth & Naomi in the Fields of Bethlehem! It was wonderful!!
The all-female audience came from all over the world, no exaggeration, and though the actresses, singers and dancers--of all ages, live in Gush Etzion, many of their origins are far from the "fields of Bethlehem."
I was one of the lucky ones in the opening night audience, since the women of Shiloh and Ofra shared a very full bus to get there. (thanks, Lisa!)
Of course, the actual story is well-known, straight from the Bible, the Book of Ruth, but the music and script were original from the very talented Sharon Katz, Toby Klein Greenwald, Arlene Chertoff and Mitch Clyman (yes, a male composed the music.)
I must admit that though I love living in Shiloh, there's only one thing I'm sorry about. It's too far away for me to join the production and be in the shows in Gush Etzion.