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A long time ago... in a galaxy far away...


March 15, 2019

Queen Esther meets King David in a Stars Wars-theme musical? What’s going on here!  Only in the original, musical parody, “Es-Star Wars- IV,” written and directed by Jules Gelade, could this happen. Known for his biblical parodies, Gelade takes the audience on a unique ride through the galaxy. This hilarious, biblical parody runs 90 minutes and contains 20 musical numbers that will keep your feet tapping and plant a smile on your face that will last the whole trip.  Gelade always tells his audience to expect the unexpected and to be prepared to laugh.  He throws so much at the audience that they are usually at the edge of their seat just waiting to see what he comes up with next.

He has been writing musicals for over 35 years, starting with Purim Spiels and then progressing into full-length productions.  His “Forty Years of Bad Road” and “Mystery of Sum Yum Soup” won national acclaim and played to sell out crowds all around New England. 

Gelade knew that there were great biblical stories to be told and with his unique approach he could tell these stories in a way that has never been told before, making this an equally shared experience no matter your religious background. 

This is Gelade’s first attempt to bring a full-length play to the Orlando area. His motivation for this production is to celebrate Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation’s  25th anniversary. However, he is also hoping to reach out to other communities to share in his story telling. His main goal, is to bring communities together, to share laughter together. Humor can, and does, bring people together and that is the greatest outcome of his writings.

This is a large cast, with music from all different genre. There is a live band which definitely adds to the excitement of what is happening on stage.  Guaranteed this will be a great experience..

The play will be held at the Jewish Community Center’s Event Center on Apopka-Vineland Road on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. This a play that is suitable for all ages, 5 to 105.  Ticket information and purchases can be made by calling Karen at 401-286-5379 (ticket representative).


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