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December 19, 2014  RSS feed

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Ahavat Shalom to present show on Yiddish theater

Temple Ahavat Shalom will present “The Whole Megillah: The Story of the Yiddish Theatre, ” a blend of original graphics, scanned photos, historic videos and an extensively researched, scripted narrative combined with live music by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Chicago’s premier Jewish musical group. The show, a fundraiser for the congregation, will be on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

“The Whole Megillah” is the brainchild of Chicago area resident Charles Troy, who blended his life-long love of musicals with keen research uncovering how some of Broadway’s best known productions came about with multimedia skills into this new show.

“There is considerable scholarship involved in what Troy does, but his narrative is not academic; rather it is dramatic, embellished with graphics, photos, and audio and video clips. His shows are multimedia extravaganzas,” The Chicago Tribune noted in an article earlier this year.

“It is hard I suppose to categorize what I do,” Troy told the Tribune. “When someone will say, ‘Oh, it’s a lecture,’ I will say, ‘No, no. That’s not it at all.’

“I am a storyteller, and the stories behind these musicals have forever fascinated me. Most are based on other material, and in exploring that you can see the fascinating creative gestation.”

His shows have become popular in Illinois and Michigan and now making its way to Palm Harbor.

General admission tickets: $18, $36, $54 and $100. Sponsorship tickets are also available at various prices with perks such as dinner with the band and premium seating, reserved parking and recognition in the program.

For more information on tickets and sponsorships, call the temple at (727) 785-8811 or email

The temple is located at 1575 Curlew Road.

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