"Exposure to something other than Christmas is great! Love it!"

-S. Bates, Hugo Elementary, 1st Grade


Original theater made just for them.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company 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 19 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 last December (2018), MJTC brought 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 told the story of Bubba Brayna who was going deaf and blind and mistook a hungry bear for a Rabbi! Hilarity ensued as she welcomed the bear into her home, cooked for him and yes, danced with him! Students learned about Chanukah, family, Jewish tradition, and laughed along the way. Thanks for participating and joining us for that special production— we look forward to having you in attendance this year - Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky!

Student Testimonies 

"Wow, I could watch that 10,000 times more!"

"I wish I recorded that!"

"I liked the magic because I'd never seen magic before."

"I want to watch that over and over!"


MJTC strives to make professional theater accessible to all students.

  • $4 student tickets, free chaperone tickets (free chaperone for every 5 students; additional chaperone tickets are $4)

  • 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!

Our theater is conveniently 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. 

It was perfect. It was entertaining yet educational.
— -D. Erny, Creek Valley, 1st Grade

“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

School Group Order Form

Thank you for your interest! We are now taking reservations and inquiries for our 2019 holiday production, Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky.

Name *
A show is listed as LIMITED SEATING if less than 50 seats remain.
A show is listed as LIMITED SEATING if less than 50 seats remain.

Contact the Box Office at (651) 647-4315 or [email protected] for more information.