K-5 Holiday Show
"This was a wonderful theatre experience! Very educational on Hanukkah for our kindergarten level – made learning fun!"
-Melissa Schooley, Elm Creek Elementary, Kindergarten
Original theater made just for you.
"It was perfect. It was entertaining yet educational."
-Doreen Erny, Creek Valley, 1st Grade
MJTC holiday productions are interactive hour-long performances that promote diversity, family, sharing, and fulfill Minnesota state educational standards for arts and social studies. Every December for over the last 16 years, MJTC has been the central hub for telling children’s stories on the stage rooted in Jewish tradition. In 2009, MJTC’s original holiday production, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, garnered an Ivey Award—the highest honorary recognition in Twin Cities professional theater—for outstanding puppet design by Chris Griffith.
This December (2018), MJTC will be bringing back from sold-out performances the MJTC original play, The Chanukah Guest, by Jenna Zark, based on the award-winning book by Eric Kimmel. The play tells the story of Bubba Brayna who is going deaf and blind and mistakes a hungry bear for a Rabbi who is coming for a visit. Hilarity ensues as she welcomes the bear into her home, cooks for him and yes, dances with him! Students will learn about Chanukah, family, Jewish tradition, and laugh along the way.
"Many kids in my class have never been to the theater…
exposure to something other than Christmas is great! Love it!"
-Steve Bates, Hugo Elementary, 1st Grade
MJTC strives to make professional theater accessible to all students.
$3 student tickets, free chaperone tickets (free chaperone for every 5 students; additional chaperone tickets are $3)
Reserve NOW, pay later
Fully-accessible theater - visit our SEATING & ACCESSIBILITY page for more information.
Teacher's Enrichment Guide includes lesson plans, activities, vocabulary list & more
Homeschool students get the same low price
Students get an opportunity to meet the actors & characters of the play!
Contact Erica in the Box Office at 651-647-4315 or email@example.com for more information.
Our theater is convienantly located in Highland Park Community Center - 1975 Ford Parkway, Saint Paul, MN, 55116. Visit our GETTING HERE page for more information about our location and planning your trip.
“Why I think the Hanukkah show was so successful was because it was INTERACTIVE. Even though we sat in the very back row, the kids really felt like they were a part of it all. It was incredible!”
–Fran E., Audience Member
"Wow, I could watch that 10,000 times more!"
"I learned why not to hate Jewish people."
"I wish I had a video camera!"
"I liked the magic because I'd never seen magic before."
"I want to watch that over and over!"
The Chanukah Guest
by Jenna Zark
based on the award-winning children’s book by Eric Kimmel
DECEMBER 2 - 18, 2018
School Group Order Form - The Chanukah Guest, December 2 -18, 2018
No payment is required up front. The Box Office will process this request and confirm details with you soon. Final numbers and payment will be due 2 weeks before the performance selected. For additional information contact Erica at the Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-647-4315.