Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service Raises $9K at Preview of Monty Python's SPAMALOT
"Using a show's preview performance as a fundraiser for a valuable cause or organization is a tradition for MNM Productions," says co-producer Lifshitz. "Previous beneficiaries include Communities in Schools and car crash victim Adam Hewko for HAIR, and the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches for The World Goes 'Round."
"For the preview performance for Monty Python's SPAMALOT, we were very happy to partner with AJFCS, which has worked for more than 40 years in the Palm Beaches to provide a wide range of services designed to strengthen individuals, families, and the community," adds co-producer Gorman-Althof. "While primarily a Jewish organization, its mission is to address the community wherever needs are required, regardless of religion."
"We are particularly pleased that more than 250 people attended the preview performance of SPAMALOT, and their enthusiastic reaction throughout the show and the long, loud standing ovation at the end showed how much they loved the show," says Lifshitz.
SPAMALOT is the hilarious, Tony Award-winning musical about King Arthur and his rollicking round table. Musical highlights include "The Song That Goes Like This," "Find Your Grail," "Run Away," "You Won't Succeed on Broadway," and the audience favorite "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."
The show's 20-person cast is headlined by JohnBarry Greene as King Arthur, Laura Hodos as the Lady of the Lake, Joshua McKinney as Lancelot, Sahid Pabon as Robin and Andrew Shultz at Patsy, along with two MNM favorites, Michael Scott Ross (HAIR, The World Goes 'Round) and Mike Westrich (HAIR).
The musical's cast of singing, dancing performers also includes Alexa Baray, AJ Cola, Ryan Corridoni, Keagan Czerny, Jonathan Eisele, Whitney Grace, Nicole Kinzel, Kyle Laing, Shenise Nunez, Christie Rohr, Pierre Tannous, Emily Tarallo and Frank Vomero.<
SPAMALOT was directed and choreographed by Broadway veteran Kimberly Dawn Smith, with Silver Palm Award-winner Paul Reekie serving as musical director.
Other upcoming musicals from MNM Productions include Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY (July 21-August 6), LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (October 6-22) and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (December 1-17). The last production is being co-presented with the Kravis Center.
Since 1974, Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service (AJFCS), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, has strengthened and enriched the lives of men, women and children of all ages. We do this through a continuum of focused programs addressing the well being of children and families of all ages, the independence and well being of older adults, and the optimal quality of life for individuals with special needs. At AJFCS, we are home to over 100 skilled professionals, working as one team, in one place, as one family. For more information, call 561.684.1991 or visit www.jfcsonline.com.
This Production Company is the latest venture by two experienced theatrical producers and arts consultants: Marcie Gorman-Althof and Michael Lifshitz. The rising theatrical company has so far produced four major musical productions (A Chorus Line, Side by Side by Sondheim, HAIR and The World Goes 'Round), three of which received "recommended" status for Carbonell Awards; two (Side by Side by Sondheim and The World Goes 'Round) received nominations for Best Ensemble, with the latter show recently winning the prestigious award. In addition, MNM Productions received The Silver Palm Awards for Outstanding New Theatre Company and Outstanding Ensemble for The World Goes 'Round, while Paul Reekie was named Outstanding Musical Director for The World Goes 'Round and HAIR.
Pictured: The cast of SPAMALOT at the Kravis Center's Rinker Playhouse. Photo by George Wentzler.