Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser

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On Monday night the Harold Green Jewish Theatre held their annual fundraiser, bringing some of the city's top talents together under one roof to raise awareness and funds for the company. The event took a slightly different format this year, with the evening being split into two categories - music and laughter. The first half of the evening featured musical performances from a diverse range of local talent, and the second act featured improve comedy and The National Theatre of the World.

Co-Artistic Directors David Eisner and Avery Saltzman were on hand to oversee the event, which was hosted by Linda Kash and Sheila McCarthy. The dynamic pair are set to star in the company's upcoming production of Lost in Yonkers, which also features Marion Ross (of Happy Days fame). Ms. Ross was on hand as a special guest to randomly select the winner of a trip to NYC. 

This is the third Harold Green fundraiser I have attended, and as per usual, the musical portion of the evening did not disappoint. Each performance was inspired and touching, with every performer telling a story about the song they had chosen. The evening kicked off with a bang as Thom Allison took to the stage in one of his first Toronto performances after a year on Broadway with Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Other highlights included Gabi Epstein's shout-out to critic Martin Knelman when she sang the song he said was 'the one song missing from To Life', and Theresa Tova sharing an excerpt from an upcoming show she's working on. 

The second half of the evening featured a hilarious comedy sketch by Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus of The NTOW which was improvised with suggestions from an enthusiastic audience.

All in all the evening was a smashing success, showcasing not only the tremendous talent in the city of Toronto but also the great work that the Harold Green Jewish Theatre company does. As Avery Saltzman proclaimed when he performed the closing musical number - "Entertain! Entertain! Entertain!" And entertain they did.

When and Where?

For more information on the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company's upcoming season please visit their official website at www.hgjewishtheatre.com

Their next production, Lost in Yonkers, runs from May 12th to June 10th at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 416-366-7723 or online at www.hgjewishtheatre.com/lostinyonkers.html

All photos by Racheal McCaig Photography.

Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser

Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser
Marion Ross and Jim Roe

Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser
Thom Allison

Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser
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Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser
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Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser
Theresa Tova

Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser
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Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser
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Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser
Gabi Epstein

Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser
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Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser
Naomi Sniekus and Matt Baram

Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser
Sheila McCarthy, Marion Ross and David Eisner

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Photo Coverage: Thom Allison, Jeff Madden & More Headline Harold Green Jewish Theatre Fundraiser

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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

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