Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Press Release

Contact:  Katie D. Howells

November 17, 2017

Ivey-Winning Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins returns to MJTC Stage
A Fun and Festive Holiday Play for the Whole Family with Brand New Puppets

St. Paul, MN--Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) continues its 23rd season with Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, by Shari Aronson, based off the book by Eric A. Kimmel.

Hershel of Ostropol has been walking long and hard with growing anticipation for the Hanukkah holiday. Tired and hungry, he imagines the smell of latkes and the bright lights of the menorah. But when Hershel arrives in Helmsbergville, the village is silent. Goblins have been preventing Hanukkah in Helmsbergville for years. Can this visitor help bring Hanukkah back? Enlisted by the townspeople, Hershel agrees to spend eight nights in the old synagogue to try to defeat the goblins. Directed by Shelli Place.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins features Neal Beckman, Kim Kivens (last seen in Church & State), Julie Ann Nevill (last seen in The Magic Dreidels), Charles Numrich, and Joe Wiener.

December 7-19 2017
Sundays at 1:00 p. m. $20
Monday-Friday at 9:45* a. m. and 11:45* a. m. $20
*Limited availability, please call. 
For school group opportunities, please contact the box office. 
All performances are held in the theater of Highland Park Community Center at 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. The theater is fully accessible.
To order, call (651)647-4315 or visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org.

Doorways Programs
Sunday December 17 following the 1:00 p. m. performance: 
Learn about puppets and theater and get a holiday photo on the set of the play! Join us for a fun, interactive, behind-the-scenes experience led by Producing Artistic Director Barbara Brooks. Families and children of all ages will get to go up on stage and learn about puppets and other design elements of the production. Group and family holiday photos will be taken on the colorful and festive set shortly after the learning session. Photo opportunity is limited to availability. Contact our box office to sign up now.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is a non-profit organization currently celebrating its 23rd season. Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company ignites the hearts and minds of people of all cultural backgrounds by producing theater of the highest artistic standards. Rooted in Jewish content, our work explores differences, illuminates commonalities, and fosters greater understanding among all people. For more information about MJTC and its 23rd season, visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org, email info@mnjewishtheatre.org, or call (651)647-4315.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  


Individual Producers Barbara Brooks, Jim and Nancy Proman

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