FAQ

1. What Comes With The Package?
2. How Easy Is The Shpiel To Put On?
3. How Many Rehearsals Will We Need?
4. What Does a Shpiel Cost?
5. Which Shpiels Are For Adults And Which Are For Children?
6. Where Does Music Come From?
7. Can We Sing With The Vocals On The CD?
8. How can I get the music with no vocals?
9. How Long Are The Shpiels?
10 .How Many Performers Are Needed?
11. How Long Must We Wait For Delivery?
12. Do We Need To Memorize the Words Or Script?

  • You will receive a CD with all of the songs including full orchestration and vocals
  • A CD insert listing the songs, composer and recording credit.
  • A hard copy of the script for the play.
  • A copy of the script.

2. How Easy Is The Shpiel To Put On?
You will find that the shpiel is very easy to put on. You can be as creative as you like. However, the shpiels vary in levels of difficulty. For information on a specific shpiel email Cantor Shore. With this shpiel package you will receive everything that you need to present your purim shpiel. The CD that you will receive has all of the songs professionally recorded with full orchestration and parodied words. We understand that most synagogues do not budget for Purim so we have made it very easy for you. The CD can also be used for performance. Once there is an amplified voice singing over the CD you will not hear the voice on the CD. This will save you having to hire musicians or buying sheet music.

3. How Many Rehearsals Will We Need?
Some people have only 1 or 2 rehearsals while others simply have everyone show up the night of the shpiel, hand out the scripts and let everyone read and sing along with the CD. Others will have more rehearsals. It really works in any situation.

4. What Does a Shpiel Cost?
It costs nothing but we do ask for a donation to our synagogue. For further information on our sliding scale for donations please contact Cantor Shore. Please include the name and size of your congregation.

5. Which Shpiels Are For Adults And Which Are For Children?
Our shpiels can be used for either adults and children. None of them contain anything inappropriate for any age group. There are some however that utilize themes that are popular with children.

6. Where Does Music Come From?
Music from certain shpiels is taken either from the show we are parodying or of the theme of the shpiel.
The music for some of the shpiels is taken from a top 40 R & B list. It is music that might not be familiar to you but your kids will know it.

7. Can We Sing With The Vocals On The CD?
The CD that you will receive has Cantor Shore's voice singing the lead vocals. In many cases you will find that you can sing over the vocals. If you are using a microphone for the actual presentation your voice will be heard over the CD. In addition, some of your congregants will enjoy having the vocals as a guide.

8. How can I get the music with no vocals?
Many of our shpiels come with an optional karaoke CD. On the order form there is a drop down list of available accompaniment CDs for the various shpiels. These karaoke CDs are made specifically for the shpiels they accompany. The tracks are in the same key, with the same arrangement and the same length so it is a seamless integration.

There are shpiels however that do not come with a karaoke CD. In this case go to www.soundchoice.com or www.pocketsongs.com you can order the karaoke background vocal CDs.

Karaoke background tracks can also be purchased individually from the websites listed below. Keep in mind that the tracks you purchase from these sites might not be in the same key, be the same length or the exact arrangement.


itunes.com
rhapsody.com
yahoomusic.com
napster.com
emusic.com

9. How Long Are The Shpiels?
The shpiels range from 40 - 60 minutes however some shpiels can run a little longer if you schtick it up!

10 .How Many Performers Are Needed?
  • Beach Boys - 8 parts –plus chorus
  • Beatles Shpiel - 7 parts - plus chorus
  • Beatles Operetta – 11 parts – plus chorus (very little script, mostly singing)
  • Disco Operetta – 7 – plus chorus
  • Esther T and Megillavan – 9 parts – plus chorus
  • Guys and Dolls -12 parts – plus chorus
  • Marx Brothers- 10 parts – plus chorus
  • Megillah Around the Clock – 8 parts - plus chorus
  • Megillah on the Roof- 9 parts – plus chorus
  • Middle East Side Story – 13 parts – plus chorus
  • Motown Operetta – 8 parts – plus chorus (very little script, mostly singing)
  • Motown Style Purim – 8 parts – plus chorus
  • My Fair Madel – 13 parts – plus chorus
  • Oyklahoma- 11 parts – plus chorus
  • Schmaltz Grease – 18 parts – plus chorus
  • Wizard of PersOz - 17 parts – plus chorus

11. How Long Must We Wait For Delivery?
When we receive your check we will send the shpiel. It will go out via regular mail. In addition we are excited to add a new feature which is our instant DOWNLOAD.

12. Do We Need To Memorize the Words Or Script?
No, it's not necessary. This is for fun! Most congregations have chosen to read their scripts. You can of course decided to memorize the songs. Either way they are successful. Some shpiels come with a Powerpoint presentation of the lyrics and/or entire script. This acts as a teleprompter for the cast and a visual aid for the entire congregation and you will be saving trees!