Jewsical Theater: Bringing Broadway to Your Religious School Classroom
By ISJL Education Fellow Isaac Gamoran
What is the value of teaching theater to students? The theater presents us with something very unique: a live glimpse into life during another place and time. Sitting in a theater, we allow ourselves the opportunity to experience events live with real or fictional characters. These events expand upon our own understanding of the time period and provide us with an opportunity to relate the stories to our own lives. For students, theater opens their eyes to the depth and breadth of life in the Jewish experience. Beyond theater itself, musical theater offers the opportunity of infusing music into the classroom. As a religion centered around music, Judaism can be seen and heard through the melodies and harmonies of our voices. By bringing musical theater into class, teachers and students will see the importance of music beyond conventional prayers and songs.
Below are three musicals that highlight important aspects of Judaism and are likely to make considerable contributions to the year!
There are plenty of other theatrical musicals that also supplement Jewish education. To name a few, consider learning more about Ragtime, Rags, Cabaret, or Parade. Educators can follow this link for more inspiration. Hopefully, these shows will help bring our religious schools “To Life” one student at a time!