Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College.
Last weekend, I took my twin seven year-olds to see Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at Theater at the 14th Street Y.
When the play ended, I asked them both what they thought. My son initially thought it was too “babyish”. I didn’t understand why since he had listened so attentively, participating by raising his hand throughout the show (the show has an interactive element) when he knew the answers and even knew one of the songs by heart called “Who loves Shabbat”. The smile that surfaced on his face during that song was priceless.
The truth is that he was engrossed, and so was I. I love shows with messages, and Hanna and the Moonlit Dress has a good one, teaching kids about the power of a good deed. Overjoyed with her new white dress, the show’s main character, Hanna, runs to show it to her friends, Zuzi the dog and Edna the cow. On the way, she helps a stranger, and in the process accidentally soils the dress, newly sewn by her mother for Shabbat. Her distress is relieved, however, when she discovers the magic of a good deed and good things happen as a result.
Ronit Muszkatblit’s direction is impeccable. Her addition of unique special effects and music adds to the show’s enjoyability factor. It’s crystal clear that she loved the story and the production is an ode to that love. As a family who observes Shabbat, it was also very nice to connect the show’s theme as it’s part of our own reality.
The show is fifty minutes with no intermission. It is recommended for ages 2-7.
The show closes this weekend, so grab your tickets now.
Hanna and the Moonlit Dress, based on Izhak Scheiger-Dmi’el’s book and adapted for the stage by Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal, is playing at the Theater at the 14th Street Y as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC from December 2th-18th, 2016 at 7:30pm. Performances are Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and noon. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for children, $35 for family (maximum of five members), and are available here. The show was directed by Ronit Muszkatblit. Hanna is played by Case Watson and the Mother is played by Kate Mulberry. The Music Director is Peter Hodgson.
Disclosure: Liat was provided with complimentary tickets, but all opinions are her own.