Vashti Was Right

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“Vashti Was Right – The Book of Zeresh- a Purim Spiel” – a rollicking musical take on the traditional Purim story by Debbie & John Orenstein

“Three years ago, that’s what we thought. But our synagogue had been buying Purimspiels for some time, and we were getting a little tired of them – Broadway parodies, Motown parodies, Beatles parodies … we thought, why doesn’t someone write some original songs just for Purim?

Why not take all those styles and put them together in one show – a sort of “Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” for Esther?

So we went to work on it. We gave all the main characters singing parts – Esther, Mordechai, Achashverosh, Haman, Vashti – and we gave singing parts to minor characters too, to give more people a chance to perform.

That means Zeresh (Haman’s wife), Bigthan and Teresh (the King’s eunuchs), and the women who compete to be queen all get their numbers too. And there’s a women’s swing quartet to recap the action, and plenty of singing for the chorus. It took us a while, but in the end, we had a real show.

It can be done on its own in a little under an hour, or it can be done alternating with chapters of the Megillah reading on Erev Purim, the way we did it at Beth El Synagogue in Minneapolis. This CD has all the original songs. The script and the music are available too.”

via Debbie & John Orenstein website

Available on iTunes and Amazon





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