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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 29, 2013 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha--Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 George (1) and Ira Gershwin Bill Shamus and Mimi Shader Probably just coincidence... More about music and talent... I've been telling myself"coincidence" for more than 25 years. Our own MIMI SHADER and BILL SHAMUS will perform for It was about that length of time back when I was visiting at the Hadassah at Congregation Ohev Shalom on Tuesday, Dec. 3. home of my cousin who is like me, a professional vocalist. He Bill, who is 90 years old, first started singing in 1980 at is also (not like me) a superb pianist and composer of musicals, the Congregation of Liberal Judaism. He spent 10 years per- My cousin surrounds himself with show business artifacts, forming with the Golden Tones as one of their lead singers. including books. He has performed on many cruise ships and claims to have ThumbingthroughoneofhisbooksaboutGeorgeGershwin sung on five continents! He retired to Village on the Green thatparticularday, IshriekedwhenIthoughtIsawaphotograph three years ago where he met talented pianist, Mimi, who of myself as a young gal. "That's me," I shouted! "That's me!" could effortlessly transpose songs into his keys and thus the My cousin grabbed the book from me to catch a glimpse."No duo was born! way," he said. "That's not you! That's Rosa Bruskin Gershwin, Mimi began playing piano at age seven, began lessons at George and Ira's mother when she just got married." age eight and now, many years later, continues to dazzle those I responded, "Well, if it's not me, then surely we are related around her with her incredible ability to play by ear. She loves somehow." My cousin and I looked into it and found that she bringing her passion and love for Judaism to the monthly Yid- was from the same part of Russia as my paternal ancestors, dish Club at Chambrel. She has also passed her musical genes Hmmm...??? down to her lovely granddaughter, ANDRA (formerly of the I was going to explore further but my cousinwarned me that renown trioVisions) who is still performingaround the country. it could be dangerous for me because of the many millions of The Mimi and Bill duo's upbeat performances will be a trip dollars in copyright.., and he knew that the currentbeneficiary down memory lane and a night of entertainment nobody of all those millions was not a blood relative of the Gershwins, should miss. rather a nephew of Ira's through Ira's wife. For further time and further information, contact JOAN SoIdroppedtheidea.(Ihadnointerestinthemoneyanyway). POHL at 407.628.4477. Recently, though, while looking up facts about George Once again, good folks to write about... Gershwin for a show about him I planned to attend, I learned The Jewish Pavilion is honoring FAYE NOVICK on Dec. 5th thathewas born at242 SnedikerAvenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. Gee... at their JP Connections Luncheon at the Hilton Altamonte I lived at that very same address when I was just a toddler. I Springs at 11 a.m. was told it was a two-story, two-apartment home owned by Faye has been active with the Jewish Pavilion for more than my dad's family. Of course, at the time I was born, George was four years. She serves on the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion already wealthy, living in upper Manhattan and preparing to Board(awomen'sauxiliary) aswellastheJewishPavilionBoard. move to Hollywood. Each of those years, she has coordinated all of the vendors at He died a year or so afterward while still in his 30s. the Jewish Pavilion's annual walk. She uses her superb event- Again, it's probably just a coincidence.., but nice to day- planning skills to ensure that vendors and sponsors have the dream about, proper placement at the walk and participants are able to fully (Incidentally, my cabaret show is titled "Gershwin and all enjoy an incredible festival at Cranes Roost Park. For three that jazz.") years Faye visited with a senior in a dementia facility. Even More about Gershwin... when the senior was no longer able to communicate, Faye The Winter Park Playhouse, Central Florida's only profes- went to see her weekly. sional musical theatre, is paying tribute to the iconic talent of Also being honored at the luncheon is TOBYVANDERMARK. George and Ira Gershwin this holiday season with the World Toby has been active with the Jewish Pavilion for more than Premiere of "Crazy For Gershwin" Dec. 5- 14. Performances four years. She serves on the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion, as are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays well as the treasurer of the Jewish Pavilion Board. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Additional matinee performances Toby is responsible for researching and finding an ideal include Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 11 at database for the Jewish Pavilion. She co-chaired the 2013 2 p.m. A special "Third Thursday" performance is scheduled Jewish Pavilion walk/festival and set up walk pages for all the for Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. team captains for all four walks. Every month, Toby balances "Crazy For Gershwin" is an original song and dance revue financial records and reports to the board. Monthly, she vis- celebrating the lives and well-loved music of the legendary its with the residents of Savannah Court and provides hors Gershwin brothers. Conceived by artistic director, ROYALAN, d'oeuvres for their ice cream social. Toby also participates in narrative written by TODD ALLEN LONG, directed by ROB the Jewish Pavilion holiday parties at many of our facilities. WINNANDERSON, choreographedby Rob WinnAnderson and She is an integral member of the walk and gala committees. Roy Alan and musically arranged and directed by CHRISTO- RSVP for the luncheon at www.jewishpavilion.org. PHER LEAVY, this high-energy musical will appeal to patrons Such excitement is coming our way... of all ages. The professional cast is a powerhouse mix of theatre That "excitement" I refer to is "Flashdance," the musical. veterans and newcomers, and their combined talents breathe It is a stage adaptation of the 1983 musical film"Flashdance." new life and excitement into the classic bedrock of songs. Set in Pittsburgh, Pa., the show revolves around 18-year- The cast includes Central Florida favorites Roy Alan, NATA- old Alex, a welder by day and 'flashdancer' by night, and her LIE CORDONE, SHAWN KILGORE, VICTOR SOUFFRANT dreams of attending the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. and KATE ZALOUMES. KASEY SOLLENBERGER is making The show includes hit songs, "Maniac," "Manhunt." "What A her Winter Park Playhouse debut. The Playhouse trio will Feeling" and much more. It sounds like a glorious evening of accompany the cast with Christopher Leavy on piano, NED entertainment...nottobemissed!TheshowrunsfromTuesday, WILKINSON on multiple instruments and SAM FORREST Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec.8attheBobCarrPerformingArts on percussion. Centre, 401 West Livingston Street, Orlando. For information, Ticket prices are: $38 evenings, $35 senior citizen evenings, phone the box office at 407-440-7900. $28 all matinees, $25 "Third Thursday" evening, $20 industry One for the road... professionals and students 25 years and under, $18 preview Anything that speaks of cruelty to animals makes me upset... performance. Student rush "$10@10" offers $10 tickets for but I needed a short joke and people are assuring me that this students25yearsandunder, 10minutespriortoaperformance is truly funny: when seats are available. Solly took his King Charles spaniel dog to the vet. "Doctor For tickets and more information call the Playhouse box of- Cohen," he said sadly, "I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you fice407-645-0145orvisitonlinewww.winterparkplayhouse.org to cut off my dog's tail." Dr. Cohen stepped back in shock, The Winter Park Playhouse is associated with Actors' Eq- "Solly, why should I do such a terrible thing? .... 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