MACC at the JCC | Mizel Arts And Culture Center Illuminating the human experience through creative and cultural programs. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:43:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MACC at the JCC | Mizel Arts And Culture Center 32 32 Your Child Didn’t Get the Part (S)he Wanted. Now What? Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:13:30 +0000 By: Dr. Ali Hill

Relationships are powerful. As human beings, our brains are hardwired for connection. We really need other people, and when our children see their friends gets the part in the play they wanted, the frustration, anger and jealousy can rip apart relationships and make our kids feel badly about themselves.

As parents, conversations about disappointment, perseverance and gratitude for what we do have are some of the most challenging to tackle. For many of us, we just don’t know where to start.

Turns out, there’s a process that can help us figure this out. To create a home life where everyone feels safe enough to speak about these issues. To help us respond thoughtfully to our kids’ questions and needs, rather than react without thought. To have meaningful conversations with our children about the things that matter most.

We can lay the foundation for having these tough conversations – and so much more – if we commit to building an empathy practice in our lives. Empathy, it turns out, is a real family-dynamic game-changer.

So, what exactly do I mean by an empathy practice?

Well, empathy is about stepping into the shoes of other people, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide our actions. It’s different from expressions of sympathy – like pity or feeling sorry for somebody – because these don’t involve our trying to understand the other person’s emotions or point of view.

When it comes to an audition, even if you never tried out for a part, put yourself in your kids’ shoes and consider how they are feeling. Think back to something you really wanted at their age, and if you didn’t get that something, how it made you feel, especially if the person who did get it was one of your friends! Then use these memories to help you understand your kids’ situation and keep their feelings and needs at the forefront of your conversation.

My friend Mindy Kay Smith, performing arts teacher and stag mom, suggested that you give your kids the option to vent at home about their disappointment, even as you encourage them to accept the role gracefully when they are around their peers and directors. She went on to say, however, that it is wise to put a time-limit on that venting. One of her friend’s told her that when she was a child, her parents put a one-night limit on the venting. She was allowed to be disappointed. She was allowed to whine and complain. But only for one evening. The next day she was expected to wake up committed to the show and ready to play the role she was assigned.

Sometimes, empathy is misunderstood as the “golden rule” – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The reason this isn’t quite right is that the golden rule assumes that the person you are trying to empathize with would want you to do for them what you would want done for you – it assumes that your interests coincide with theirs.

What empathy really is is more like the “platinum rule” – do unto others as they would have you do unto them. The platinum rule asks us to resist the temptation of projecting our own experiences, views or needs onto others, and to understand them and their needs well enough to do what they want from us, and not just do what we would want from them.

In the case of the emotional roller coaster surrounding casting, ask your kids what they would like you to do to support them. My friend Mindy suggested helping your kids think through what success looks like for them – outside of getting a particular part. For example, did they sing with confidence? Were they prepared? Focused? Have they improved from past auditions? Celebrating the victories of this audition and focusing on the things that were in their control can help ease the disappointment. And, if you can set up what success looks like for them before the audition, even better!

Empathy is all about tuning in with yourself and your kids. It’s about thoughtful reflection, deep understanding and careful listening – all of which are critical when you’re having conversations with your kids about the things that matter most.

Dr. Ali HillDr. Ali Hill is a mom, entrepreneur, and sociologist who teaches adults the skills they need to understand and manage emotions, strengthen their empathy muscles, and create and sustain relationships with others. She believes that teaching empathy is the key to establishing thriving communities where everyone feels safe, respected, and valued.

A Shwayder Theatre (now Wolf Theatre) Academy Reunion Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:22:12 +0000 MACC, Wolf Theatre Academy Alumni Shwayder Theatre alumni reunion

Don’t miss the chance to schmooze with theatre academy friends, directors and staff, as well as get a private tour of the new Elaine Wolf Theater (which reopened in 2012) with Steve Wilson.

Included in your ticket, enjoy one of this year’s great summer Mainstage Productions, Chicago, put on by the Artists of the Wolf Theatre Academy.

Tickets are $18 per person, which includes cocktails, appetizers and a ticket to the 1:00 pm matinee performance of Chicago.

Please note this is a 21+ event.

Date and Time

Sunday, July 17, 2016
4:15 pm – 6:15 pm

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Getting to know Matti Friedman Thu, 07 Jan 2016 22:50:31 +0000 Matti FriedmanWe are pleased to announce the appearance of the Matti Friedman at the JCC in Denver, on January 26th. It will be a unique opportunity to engage with one of the most interesting and dynamic personalities in the contemporary Jewish community.

So who is Matti Friedman?

Matti Friedman is currently one of the leading figures in the Israel Press Corp. He is able to understand the complexities of news coverage and reporting in Israel and the Middle East and also recognizes the potential political influence that reporters can exert on Israeli culture and beyond. Controversy has at times resulted from his direct style of reporting—this has not deterred Friedman’s publications which appear regularly in the press worldwide.

Friedman is versatile and the author of two books. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, published in 2012, was critically acclaimed and received several literary prizes including the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. The book examines the journey of the oldest and most accurate text of the Hebrew Bible over several centuries. The Wall Street Journal referred to the book as: “A superb work of investigative journalism that reads like a detective thriller.” Friedman’s latest book, Pumpkinflowers, scheduled for publication in the spring of 2016, is a stark account of young IDF soldiers during the Lebanon War stationed in a remote outpost. The author was among this group of soldiers which makes for a gripping and complex narrative of war.

So, come join us for an evening of perspective and conversation. You won’t be disappointed.

For more information about the event, click here or to purchase your tickets today, click here.

Don’t Miss the 2015 Ceramic Show and Sale Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:54:29 +0000

November 22 – 24
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Boettcher Lobby*

*The Robert E. Loup JCC Main Lobby area
My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding Performance Added Mon, 26 Oct 2015 18:56:45 +0000

Theatre Or’s My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding performance added due to popular demand!

See the show Sunday, November 8 at 6:30 pm. No need to miss the Bronco’s game, but this is your last chance to see this critically-acclaimed regional premiere musical comedy.

The Denver Post calls it “fun and big-hearted,”

Out Front says,” We’re taken on a heart-felt exploration that leaves the audience laughing, crying, and cheering for more” and “truly is a must-see”.

Buy Tickets for The Drowsy Chaperone Fri, 09 Oct 2015 22:10:05 +0000
“Wedding Bells will Chime” as we “Stumble Along” with… The Drowsy Chaperone.

When a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of five TONY Awards, The Drowsy Chaperone, is a loving send up of the Jazz age of musicals featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Purchase Tickets to Hamlet Sun, 10 May 2015 19:55:35 +0000 Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a timeless tale of intrigue, deception and betrayal while providing a backdrop for an intense reflection upon life’s great questions. The story chronicles the experiences of Prince Hamlet of Denmark whose father, the King, recently died under mysterious circumstances. The plot culminates with an unforgettable sword duel to the death. Directed by Steve Wilson.

*Parents should note that Hamlet contains mature content (PG-13)

Performances will be held:

  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015, evening
  • Thursday, August 6, 2015, matinee and evening
  • Friday, August 7, 2015, matinee
  • Sunday, August 9, 2015, matinee and evening

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the Wolf Theatre Academy Summer Production what many regard as the greatest play ever written!

Want to know more about about the Wolf Theatre Summer Academy Mainstage Productions? You can find that information here.

Purchase Tickets for Thoroughly Modern Millie Sun, 10 May 2015 19:47:15 +0000 Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when “moderns”—including a flapper named Millie Dillmount—were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce, and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful celebration of the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there.

*Parents should note that Thoroughly Modern Millie contains mature content (PG-13)

Performances will be held:

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015, evening
  • Thursday, July 16, 2015, matinee and evening
  • Friday, July 17, 2015, matinee
  • Sunday, July 19, 2015, matinee and evening
Want to know more about about the Wolf Theatre Summer Academy Mainstage Productions? You can find that information here.

Purchase Grease Tickets Sun, 10 May 2015 19:34:15 +0000 Directed by Billie McBride, Grease is one of the world’s most popular musicals. This high energy show comes from the era of drive-ins, sock hops, beehives, poodle skirts and black leather jackets.

*Parents should note that Grease contains mature content (PG-13)

Performances will be held:

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015, evening
  • Thursday, June 25, 2015, matinee and evening
  • Friday, June 26, 2015, matinee
  • Sunday, June 28, 2015, matinee and evening
Want to know more about about the Wolf Theatre Summer Academy Mainstage Productions? You can find that information here.

Hamlet Auditions! Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:58:49 +0000 Auditions for the title role in Hamlet at the Wolf Theatre Academy will be Sunday, April 19 from 5 pm – 8 pm.