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Photos: Strawdog's "Hershel & the Hanukkah Goblins"

Michael Dailey’s Musical Adaptation of Eric Kimmel’s Beloved Book

Runs Through December 23, 2023

Chicago, Illinois (December 4, 2023) – Strawdog today released production photos for its holiday season show, HERSHEL & THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS, running December 3 - 23, 2023, at the Chicago Loop Synagogue (16 S. Clark St., Chicago). Performances are Thursdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are free but require advance registration at

In this musical adaptation of Eric Kimmel's Caldecott Honor-winning book, A traveling troupe of actors comes to town to find no one celebrating Hanukkah. To save the holiday, they must tell the tale of Hershel of Ostropol and his quest to outwit the goblins who haunt the old synagogue!




Adapted By: Michael Dailey*, based on the book by Eric Kimmel

Directed By: Noah Elman

Cast: Amanda Giles (Hershel), Peter Stielstra (Max), Heather-Grace Bach (Al), Corin Wiggins (Gavi), Sarah Welford (Leor), Ray Post (Sammy), Mia Marks (Understudy - Hershel), Erin Williams (Understudy - Max), Norah Flaherty (Understudy - Al), Abbie Brenner (Understudy - Gavi), Linnaea Groh (Understudy - Leor), Cassidy Keenan (Understudy - Sammy)

Creative Team: Jacob Combs (Music & Lyrics), Matthew Pollack (Music Director), Ellie Levine (Movement & Accessibility Director), Marcus Klein (Scenic Designer), Sam Anderson (Lighting Designer), Brandon Reed**(Sound Designer), Rain Foiles (Costume Designer), Rocio “Chio” Cabrera (Props / Puppets Designer), Becca Levy* (Dramaturg, Cultural & Education Consultant), Kyle Hamman* (Streaming Designer), Line Bower(Technical Director), Mikayla De Guzman (Stage Manager), Jillian Resnick (Assistant Stage Manager), Patrick Starner (Assistant Director), Karissa Murrell-Myers* (Casting Director), Kamille Dawkins* (Producer).

* Denotes Strawdog Ensemble Member

** Denotes member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829

Dates: December 3 - 23, 2023

Schedule: Thursdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Location: The Chicago Loop Synagogue (16 S. Clark St.)

Tickets: Free with advance registration; Donations encouraged

Box Office: Visit

Images: Available at the online Media Center

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Strawdog Theatre Company was ignited in 1988 Chicago by Lawrence Novikoff and Paul Engelhardt as a small ensemble based storefront theatre. Since then, Strawdog has grown to an ensemble of nearly 30 directors, designers, actors and theatre-makers committed to elevating the arena of ensemble-based theatre. Strawdog Theatre Company is supported in part by The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Saints Grant Commission, and The Puffin Foundation. For more information:

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