Drama Program at Kesher Newton
Every Spring, Kesher offers a drama chug led by local playwright and theatre artist Cassie M. Seinuk. The Kesher musical (called "machazemer") is a Hebrew production of a popular musical. The program is offered to second through fifth grade students, and focuses on Hebrew language as well as acting, singing, and dancing. Students are also offered the opportunity to learn set design, create costumes, and learn basic fight-choreography from visiting guest artists. In previous years the Kesher Machazemer has featured over 80 students.
Following the Kesher proficiency system the Kesher Machazemer is performed mostly in Hebrew, giving the students an opportunity to use the words they have learned in their Hebrew classes in a practical way. Learning the songs in Hebrew encourages language learning and the ability to recall words later.
The cast of Joseph will forever remember how to talk about dreaming in Hebrew. And the Peter Pan cast remembers the phrase "I won't grow up."
Choreography, Design, and Tech
Kesher Newton offers students in and out of the machazemer the opportunity to work on the design of the set, costumes, and props. Kesher brings special guest artists to teach appropriate fight, stage, and dance choreography, as well as stage management.