Cast Spotlight: Jada Rifkin

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

Thomas Finn is one my favourite performers to work with, and it doesn’t happen often enough. I don’t even celebrate Christmas, and I am willing to do almost anything to ham it up with this awesome human being!

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

My favourite part of the holiday season is watching how much happier everyone around me is. You can see the excitement in preparation for Christmas; the scent of toasted marshmallows and cinnamon, and lovely carollers singing in perfect harmony in their adorable, matching, appropriately-themed outfits makes my weeks. It’s an absolute delight.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

When I was a professional caroller (the most Jewish caroller you have ever seen), my favourite memory of singing carols was when a woman came up to us and told us a story of her son who had recently passed and asked if we could sing something dedicated to him. We chose “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and there isn’t a moment that passes when I don’t tear up thinking about how important that song was for her. It became my favourite Christmas song.

Why should everyone come see the show?

Finn & Friends shows are always a guaranteed night of entertainment and sincere fun. In the incredibly inclusive venue of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, listening to Finn’s voice is worth the ticket price alone.

Anything else we should know?

When I’m not breaking my mother’s heart not singing Chanukah songs, I am also breaking her heart by being an actor instead of a dentist! (Just kidding – she’s very, very supportive). I am currently performing in Curious George & The Golden Meatball, a family musical in Toronto. I’m so thankful that Bygone Theatre, Thomas Finn, and the incomparable Larry Silverberg are teaming up to produce what is going to be a fantastic show.

See Jada onstage Friday December 1st at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Get your tickets now, they’re selling quick!

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