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Barbara Shaiman honored as an Extraordinary Woman by ACT II Playhouse:

Society Hill Playhouse in conjunction with the stage musical Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, announced the winner of its ‘Respect Extraordinary Women’ contest, based on recent
nominees for the contest by the general public. One grand prize winner and three runners-up from the Greater Philadelphia area were selected and will be recognized in honor of Women’s History Month before the March 24 performance of Respect at the Society Hill Playhouse.

The public was asked to submit a short essay nominating a woman they know who has made a difference in someone’s life. Barbara Shaiman from Bala Cynwyd, PA, was selected by the producing & creative team of Respect and officials at the Society Hill Playhouse as the grand prize winner of the ‘Respect Extraordinary Women’ contest. She will be recognized onstage by the cast prior to the March 24, 7:30 pm performance and will receive a prize package including a “Women are Magnifique” weekend getaway at the Sofitel Hotel in Philadelphia, a $50 gift certificate to Sofite’s restaurant and spa, $100 gift certificate to the Shops at Liberty Place and tickets to a performance of Respect.

Contest runners-up were:
Michelle Compton of Blue Bell, PA; Sherry Mulholland, Philadelphia, PA; and Ginny Crossett of Mt. Laurel, NJ.

As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Ms. Shaiman has committed her life to promoting respect for diversity to enslure that genocide and violence never again happens. She created the Champions of Caring organization to educate and empower youths from the greater Philadelphia area to respect one another’s differences, to speak up against injustices, and to become social activists. Ms. Shaiman’s mother was incarcerated in Auschwitz during World War II and is the sole survivor of a family of 65 people. Her father worked for Oskar Schindler.

Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, now playing the Society Hill Playhouse through May 2, ran for an unprecedented 12 weeks at Act II Playhouse in Ambler before coming to Philadelphia . The production has been extended through May 2. Performances of Dorothy Marcic’s popular and high-energy musical -a funny, exuberant musical recounting the journey of women in the 20th century through Top 40 songs includes such favorites as: “I Will Survive,”” Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and many more.

Performances on the main stage at Society Hill Playhouse are Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. For ticket information call 215-923-0210 or visit

For more information visit the Respect website