The Jews of Shushan are in danger, but Queen Esther is around to save the day! Our lighthearted look at the Biblical story of Esther combines catchy songs, comic characters and plenty of audience participation – plus a cookie! Kids can boo the villain Haman and cheer on Queen Esther, who convinces her husband King Ahasuerus to spare the Jews. Purim is Feb 24.
Merkin Concert Hall
Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11 am
Kaufman Music Center
The Poppy Seed Players in
A Poppy Seed Purim
Directed & Written by Sean Hartley
The Kaufman Kids
King Ahasuerus Sean Hartley
Haman Steve Brennan
Mordechai Jason Robinson
Queen Esther Kathryn Markey
THE KAUFMAN KIDS
Francesca Guarrera, Juliana Guarrera, Emily Hollowell, Emily Hui, Ariel Kadoe, Isaac Lageschulte, Lucy Lewis, Finnegan Rawley, Leah Schaefer, Sarah Tabak, Bryley Williams and Orri Zussman
“Purim Day” Kaufman Kids
“Wicked Man” Kaufman Kids
“I Am The King” Achasuerus
“Bow Down” Haman, Mordechai & Kids
“Together” Esther & Morechai
About the Artists
The Poppy Seed Players are Kaufman Music Center’s resident theater company — an ensemble of writers, performers and teachers dedicated to exploring and celebrating Jewish culture through musical theater. Both at the Center and throughout the tri-state area, the Players have performed original productions including Latkes and Applesauce, Queen Esther, David and Goliath, Yo, Jonah!, Number The Stars, Joseph and Koza, A Tree Grows Up, Judy and the Maccabees, Young Moses and Sunshine. The Players have also worked in residence at local schools, helping children to write and perform their own musical theater pieces on such subjects as the rescue of the Danish Jews during World War II.
Kaufman Music Center is New York’s creative home for music education and performance.
Kaufman Music Center is where music lovers, from curious fans to renowned performers, come together to explore their musical passions. Founded in 1952 as a community music school, today’s Kaufman Music Center is one of the city’s most vibrant cultural organizations, combining world-class teaching with electrifying performances featuring rising young classical stars, Broadway icons and cutting-edge performer/composers who are re-defining contemporary music. Kaufman Music Center is home to Merkin Concert Hall; Lucy Moses School, New York’s largest community arts school; and Special Music School, a K-12 public school for musically gifted children.