The Yeshiva of Greater Washington Tiferes Gedaliah (YGW) put on their annual production for women and girls Feb. 24 and 25 at the Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland. Production, as it’s known in the parlance of YGW, is run by the junior class at the Silver Spring, Maryland, girls’ school. Each year in October, after the juniors choose a play and write a script, the girls begin to put together the show. Every girl in the Yeshiva, from grades 7-12, participates in an aspect of production, such as: dance, gymnastics, choir, drama, tech, business, scenery, props, or costumes and works with the juniors to perfect her part.
YGW students work on production during their twice-weekly elective period. Sara Malka Winter, faculty director of production and YGW teacher, says that “Working together on a project so long term and large, teaches our girls valuable lessons. Lessons of leadership, of cooperation, collaboration, lessons of kindness and humility, lessons of responsibility, of money management and time management, lessons of derech eretz [proper behavior], and grace, and respect.”
This year’s production, “The Adopted Princess,” was based on the book “Faith and Courage” by Marcus Lehman. The story is about a little girl who gets lost in the woods after the Cossacks destroy her Jewish village. She is then taken in by the king and queen and grows up in the palace. When having to choose between living the life of a princess and staying true to her religious beliefs, she leaves the wealth and glory behind to stay on the path of
“Production has the power to bring unity to our class, as well as develop the talents of individual students,” said Student Director Bracha Hes.
“[As head of production], you see all the behind-the-scenes, become invested in the whole play, and want the whole show to turn out amazing,” shared Student Director Batsheva Kreiser.
Ninth-grader Rena Koretzky’s role was the real princess of the palace, Princess Maria. Students enjoy being a part of production because they “love working and collaborating with a team of people to create the best show possible,” Koretzky said. Production teaches the important lesson that it’s about “being a part of something greater than me.”
At the end of the day, when the girls who participate in production “learn to treasure and applaud each other’s contribution together, they can create something magnificent,” said Winter. Everyone who attended the show saw the hard work, dedication, and achdus (unity) of the Yeshiva girls.
By Miri Solomson
Miri Solomson is a sophomore at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington.