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World Premiere Of New Musical, Miriam And The Women Of The Desert, By Sheila Firestone Takes Place February 24 In Delray Beach

A new musical, Miriam and the Women of the Desert, composed by Sheila Firestone will premiere on February 24 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, FL. This fascinating Biblical story of Miriam and the women who surrounded her is told in a staged concert with a cast of talented singers. The story’s relevance references today’s  women’s movement for equality.  Sheila is an accomplished composer whose works have been played world wide.  The premiere in Delray Beach will be followed by performances at the Empire Stage Theater in Ft. Lauderdale from March 28 – April 7.   Sheila incorporates music, original visual arts, and the performing arts in her staging.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

The cast of  Miriam and the Women of the Desert” by Sheila Firestone
Shown here: “Burning Bush”© ,original artwork by Bonita Tabakin

 

 

 

The fully staged production of Sheila Firestone’s new musical, with a cast of talented singers and original artwork by Bonita Tabakin:

“Miriam and the Women of the Desert”

Sunday,  February 24, 2019
4:00  – 5:15  pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
188 South Swinton Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444

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Thursday, March 28 through April 7, 2019

Empire Stage Theater

  1140 N. Flagler Dr.  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

 

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Sheila Firestone tells The Rickie Report, “Sitting on the hilltop near Carmiel, in a small community in northern Israel, I hear the chanting of Arab evening prayers around me.  While visiting my family and firstborn grandchild, I am inspired by the beauty of the hills, the calls to prayer, the light, and the voices singing in my head.  Yearly visits to the land of Israel bring new insights and visions. I did not know then that a musical work was growing and that it would take over twenty-two years to complete.”

“After the Storm”© by Bonita Tabakin

Music Director, David Presler, says, ” Florida audiences will be the first to see and enjoy Miriam and the Women of the Desert. It tells the story of the Hebrews’ exodus from Egypt through the eyes of Miriam the prophetess, sister of Moses and Aaron. The work takes audiences on a musical journey, exploring family relationships, aspects of love and generational heritage.  The production has a cast of seven professionally trained singers”. Costumes recreate Biblical garb, and the original art pieces of the scenic design, created by artist Bonita Tabakin, depict the mood of the desert. 

 

 

 
“The Birthing Tent”© By Bonita Tabakin

Miriam’s story of her journey through the desert, surrounded by other Biblical women – Zipporah, Yocheved and the midwives – is drawn from texts of the Torah and Midrash. “This musical is the realization of a vision started in Israel that spans many years of musical study and interest in religion, particularly regarding the role of Biblical women and their family relationships,” says Sheila Firestone.

 

Bonita Tabakin’s art is the backdrop during various scenes of this production.  She depicts woman’s struggles (stories) from The Bible and the 12 books of The Kabballah.  Her work draws  the audience into deeper connections with the singers.  Bonita’s passion has always been “G_d’s set design”. Bonita has been juried into 17 International Biennale art exhibits to represent the US with 59 other countries.  She has been awarded Best in Show by 3 international curators. Ms. Tabakin earned her MBA, MFA, and AA (design and biochemistry).

 

“The Red Sea Escape”© by Bonita Tabakin

 

 

 

Sheila Firestone is an accomplished composer who has studied musical composition since 1987.  As a Delian Society member, Sheila’s orchestral works have been performed in Seattle, WA, France, England and Japan. Her Trio and Dance composition was performed in Washington, DC.  Abraham Lincoln, a choral work, was published in Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln Commemorative Collage produced by the National League of American Pen Women. Ms. Firestone is the Music Chair of the Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women and was Branch President from 2014 to 2018.  She was recently juried into Adding our Voices: The Jewish Torah of Women in Song, and the Kol Isha Songbook. 

 
 

To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite or www.miriamandthewomenofthedesert.com

 

Listen to South Florida Live talk show speaking about Miriam and the Women of the Desert:



For more information about Miriam and the Women of the Desert or to schedule an interview, please contact Sheila Firestone at  (561) 391-3610   

Visit Sheila’s website:  sheilafirestone.com

 

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