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Touched by the story of Santa Pelham

After successful runs in several locations around the world, Santa’s Story finally arrived recently in Israel and local audiences were moved and brought to tears by its touching and charming style, telling the powerful story of Santa Pelham z”l.

The show tells in words and song the extraordinary true life of Santa Pelham which was turned from a life-story memoir into an evocative tribute to survival, a cathartic experience in a one-woman show performed by Santa’s daughter, international opera diva, Aviva Pelham.

Aviva and her three musicians enraptured the audiences at the Airforce Auditorium in Herzliya detailing Santa’s journey from Germany to Spain, to France and then to Africa interspersed by wonderful, stirring live klezmer music.

For many of the nearly 700 people who came to see the story of Santa’s unforgettable courage, hope and survival perhaps it resonated with their own family history which made it so special for Aviva to present it to an Israeli audience.

“I have been wanting to bring the show to Israel for many years,” said Aviva after the show.  “I am so pleased with the warm response from the audiences here,” she said.

The three superb musicians played seven instruments with songs in Spanish, French, Hebrew, Yiddish and English.  The sound, lighting and projection by the team’s production manager was highly professional and added to the high quality and ambience of the show.

“Telfed and Keren Protea were honoured to receive proceeds from the first two nights of the show and it has been an absolute pleasure to help facilitate bringing the production to Israel,” said Dave Bloom who organized the event on behalf of Telfed.

At the end of each show Aviva was joined on stage for the final song with her sisters Naomi and Ruth who both travelled specially from South Africa and son Robert Sulcas also helped to MC the question and answer sessions. It was a real family effort combined with Aviva’s other son Adam Sulcas, based in Sydney, who played a key part in enabling the production in Israel.

Several people came to see the show twice during it’s four-night showing which spoke for itself.



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