The Efrat/Gush Etzion Raise Your Spirits Summer Stock company (since 2010 renamed as the Raise Your Spirits Theatre) was created in the summer of 2001 as a way for the women of the community to stand up against Arab terror and raise the spirits of their fellow women.
In the past thirteen years, the women of Raise Your Spirits have performed in seven productions: "JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and three original shows, "ESTHER and the Secrets in the King's Court," "NOAH! Ride the Wave!," “RUTH and NAOMI In the Fields of Bethlehem,” "In Search of Courage," "JUDGE! The Song of Devora" and "Esther the Revival." ESTHER, NOAH and RUTH were written by Arlene Chertoff, Toby Klein Greenwald and Sharon Katz. The music for "ESTHER" was primarily written by Rivka Epstein. The music and arrangements for "NOAH!" "RUTH" and "JUDGE" were composed by Mitch Clyman. "COURAGE" was a revue with dialogue. The dialogue was written by Toby Klein Greenwald and Yael Valier and the songs were from all the shows. "JUDGE!" was written by Toby Klein Greenwald (who directed all the shows) and Yael Valier.
So far, more than 40,000 women have experienced the magic of Raise Your Spirits, B"H, in Israel and abroad, and more than 500,000 NIS was raised for families of terror victims and communities in crises through the performance of RUTH & NAOMI.
In order to find out more about Raise Your Spirits visit http://www.raiseyourspirits.org. You can even buy a CD through the site, and experience the magic wherever you are!
For more information, contact Raise Your Spirits Founder Sharon Katz, firstname.lastname@example.org or Toby Klein Greenwald, the Artistic Director of Raise Your Spirits, email@example.com.