How I Saved Hanukkah – help us bring Hanukkah to children!

$2,577   raised
GOAL: $2,800



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Marla Feinstein, the only Jewish kid in her fourth-grade class, knows what this holiday season will be like–for everyone else it’s decorating a tree and hanging stockings; for her, it’s forgetting to light candles and staring at a big plastic dreidel. But when Marla decides to learn what Hanukkah traditions are really about, things change fast. Soon she’s got her family turning latkes into Hanukkah Performance Art and doing a wild hora.

“How I Saved Hanukkah” is a book written by Amy Goldman Koss, cover illustrated by Diane deGroat, adapted for the stage by Jennifer Kersey. Performance rights have been granted by Penguin Random House.


About Us

Storybook Children’s Theatre is a new professional theater company in Los Angeles. Our longterm goal is to become a full-fledged Actors Equity TYA company right here in Los Angeles. For the time being, we are producing under the Los Angeles Actors Equity Self Producing Code, which means that us actors are doing this on our own! No producers, no professional fundraisers. This is truly a work of passion.

As a group, we produce children’s plays that aim to entertain, delight, and educate. What sets us apart is what we ask of our audiences after seeing our shows. We believe children learn by doing and experiencing, and that they desire to have a positive impact on the big, grown-up world around them. So, let us introduce our Kindness Initiative. We ask that our audience members perform an act of kindness, or an act of tikkun olam, based upon a theme, an idea, or a learning, from the play (or the source book, when applicable). Schools and groups will be provided a Kindness Guide to help guide them discover some ideas, themes, activities, but each school/group is welcome to create their own project. Individual audiences and families will be directed back to our website, where the guide can be downloaded for free!

We hope children will learn about compassion and kindness, and are inspired by our productions to be kind and to do kind.


“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”

Amelia Earhart


How This Project Came to Be

There is actually quite an interesting longer story about how this project came to be. I would love to treat you to coffee, and to tell you all about it! But here is the short version:

This project came to be after we set out to produce a Hanukkah-inspired show in the winter of 2018. We collectively spent 6 months scouring high and low for a Hanukkah play, and then searched for ANY play, for kids, that was Jewish or Jewish inspired. We went to every licensing company we could find. We asked in over a dozen facebook groups for writers, artists, directors, Jewish artists, etc. We found a few cool purim shpeils, but no Hanukkah. So, we began reading books. And found this book. Jennifer chose it, got permission to adapt it, and got it approved for the go-ahead (many thanks to the folks at Penguin Random House)! So this is, as of now, one of likely only a few rare Hanukkah finds for children in a sea of dancing rodents and laughing elves.


Call to Action: Goals

We need your help to bring this show to children all over LA, and perhaps to more cities in the future. But for now, our children need to see themselves, and their families, represented on stage. We need your help to bring this piece to local audiences, especially at little or no cost to them.

Funding this project also helps support additional goals:

-Bringing professional theater to children in Los Angeles.

-We will be employing Actors Equity (AEA) actors and stage managers once we are in full production mode, bringing desperately needed union jobs to our union family right here in Los Angeles. Professional Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) companies are very rare throughout Southern California. This is one step closer to being a job provider right here in LA, as well as bringing professional theater to our local children.

– We are a woman and mother run organization, and will support parents working in the arts.


How the Money Will Be Used

This fundraising effort accounts for all sets, rehearsals and rehearsal spaces, props, programs/playbills,  and accounts for 3 performances, which we will be donating to local organizations. If we are able to raise more than $2800, we will be adding additional performances, and again, all donations $200 and over get a performance at the location of your choice!

Professional Actors/Stage Manager: $1800

Rehearsal Space: $500

Sets/Props: $300

Misc (for any emergency that may arise!): $100

Script Printing: $100

Any amount will help us bring the magic of Hanukkah to our youth all over Los Angeles! Any amount we raise over $2800 will be put towards bringing the show to as many audiences as we can, with the lowest possible cost to them (if any cost at all!).




Nicholas Lux as Ned

Nick Lux recently moved to Los Angeles from San Diego, California where he got his start in the theatre industry. Some of his favorite recent credits were “The Diary of Anne Frank” with The Moxie Theatre and the W.O.W. Festival with The La Jolla Playhouse. Huge thanks to Debralynn Findon and the Discover Management team for supporting him in his journey!


Aviva Pressman as Mom

Aviva Pressman is an actor, singer, clown, calligrapher, and Voiceover Artist based in LA. She has performed everywhere from Madison Square Garden to the Kennedy Center to South Coast Rep. She was recently seen in 33 1/3: House of Dreams at San Diego Rep and will be performing in Ballroom at Coachella Valley Rep next. Her voice can be heard on commercials, animes, and even a toy you might have at home. Chag Sameach!


Kammy Flynn as Lucy

Kammy Flynn is an avid actor and environmentalist. She recently performed at the Hollywood Fringe Festival as Chang’e: Goddess of the Moon, a Producer’s Encore Winner. She is credited in music videos, independent projects and theater works both in Los Angeles and New York City, with her versatility in both dancing and acting. Kammy is excited to work on such a passionate endeavor with the Storybook Children’s Theatre! Thank you all for your support.


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Terry Ziegelman
"Happy Hanukkah and Happy early birthday! :)"
Sara Greisman
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Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman & Rosalinda Sherman
"So proud of all you Jen! We love you - all the way from Maryland!"
Melissa Rubin
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"Thank you for creating this play!"
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Noy and Eli Erez (my kids)
"Love the idea of producing a Jewish Hanukkah show - great work Jen!"
Aunt Terry
"I’m so proud of you! Good luck with this."
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Jackie Rafii
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Melissa Strauss
"Mazel tov! Can’t wait to see the show!"
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How I Saved Hanukkah – help us bring Hanukkah to children!

$2,577   raised
GOAL: $2,800



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Jennifer Kersey

Hello! My name is Jen, and I am the founder and Artistic Director of Storybook Children's Theatre. I am ecstatic to continue the process of creating a theater company that is more than just entertainment, or more than an "audience cast talkback" that you normally get from TYA. I am thrilled to encourage reading in children, and even more thrilled to help children understand not only the importance of doing good in the world, but to spark their own ideas, to take control of their own world, and to make a positive impact by performing acts of kindness (tikkun olam). Actor Bio: TOURS: The Sound of Music (international tour), Laura Ingalls Wilder (Laura). DISNEY CRUISE LINE: Disney Dreams (Anne Marie), Toy Story the Musical (Andy). NYC: Frankenstein Do You Dream, SUV the Musical. FAVORITES: Honky Tonk Angels (Darlene), Parade (Mary Phagan), Godspell (“Bless the Lord”), Jekyll and Hyde (Emma Carew), …Charlie Brown (Patty), Annie (Star to Be). THEME PARKS: Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags America, Paramounts Kings Dominion, Universal Studios Hollywood. Additional cast bios will be available on our website/facebook in December 2019.

  • 1st day of Hanukkah
    3 claimed

    Thank you listing in the show program/social media. Because thank you. The first day is the foundation of it all.

  • 2nd Day of Hanukkah
    3 claimed

    Thank you listing in the show program/social media, and a personal thank you note from the cast (expected to be delivered in December). This is really a miracle of miracles.

  • 3rd Day of Hanukkah
    2 claimed

    Thank you listing in the show program/social media, a personal thank you note from the cast (because we are truly grateful for you), and one ticket to come to our private donors only dress rehearsal. We will also add ONE age appropriate book about either kindness OR Hanukkah for either a child or an adult.

  • 4th Day of Hanukkah
    1 claimed

    Thank you listing in the show program/social media, a personal thank you note from the cast, plus 2 tickets to the final dress rehearsal. This is better than the socks you got for Hanukkah, right? We will also add TWO age appropriate books: one about kindness, and one about Hanukkah.

  • 5th Day of Hanukkah
    1 claimed

    -Thank you listing in the show program/social media -A personal video shout out from the cast from a rehearsal -Signed photo of the cast -2 tickets to see the final dress rehearsal. -3 book collection about kindness and/or Hanukkah

  • 6th Day of Hanukkah
    2 claimed

    At this level, you get everything from the 5th day, PLUS you get a copy of the book, "How I Saved Hanukkah!" You will be able to choose a print version or a digital version. In our little rewards Chanukiah, he's not quite in the middle, but he's special nonetheless!

  • 7th Day - Hanukkah Princess Visit
    3 claimed

    For this specially added donor level, you can choose to have either the Frozen Queen OR the Frozen Princess appear at a birthday party, Hanukkah party, school gathering, private tea party, etc. Visit will be 1 hour in length, and will include singing and story time, taking photos, and based on the group size, may include other activities TBD. This is a great deal. Most companies in LA charge $175 for this visit. Can be used throughout 2019-2020.

  • 8th Day of Hanukkah
    1 claimed

    As a Host, you get: -Host listing in the show program/social media -A signed playbill and photo of the cast -A private, sponsored performance in the Los Angeles-area location of your choice (such as a school, synagogue, kids club, etc), with a live Thank You so that the audience knows you brought us in! - Invitation for 4 to attend the final dress rehearsal

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