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Benefit Performance Raises $8000 for Compassion Programs
Benefit Performance Raises $8000 for Compassion Programs

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Unmasked: The Phantom of the Flopera, an original musical parody produced by The Spirit of Broadway, was a smashing success.  The congregation at First Metropolitan Community Church of Atlanta hosted Unmasked on Saturday, June 9th to benefit the church’s Compassion Programs, including its Food Bank, Weekly Hot Meal for the Homeless and Needy, the Clothing Closet and other outreach initiatives.  The benefit, now in its third year, raised a record breaking $8000 which is more than a 30% increase over prior years.  Unmasked was so well-received that The Spirit of Broadway is currently in negotiations with two Atlanta area theatres to produce a finalized version of the show this fall or winter, including an original parody score.

The show saw record breaking attendance of over 300 people and according to one attendee, seated near the back of the theatre, about 20 people were offended so much that they left during the first act.  The show boasted that it was rated "O" for Offensive and was self proclaimed an equal opportunity offender.   Since we are in a big political year, Atlanta Realtor Trevor Petty, Unmasked writer and co-lyricist, felt that the political humor was a must.  Everyone from Obama to Romney to Bachman took one or more for the team!   Gays and straights, Mormons and Jews, Democrats and Republicans and more were not spared in this offensively outrageous extravaganza.  The production also included the comic on-stage outing of a straight man, pretending to be a gay man by the show's resident beat boxer, Bobby Buschemi, played by Daniel Pino.

The show, loosely based on The Phantom of the Opera, featured songs from such popular Broadway shows including Grease, Book of Mormon, Gypsy, Into the Woods, Funny Girl, Chicago, Rent, and Avenue Q and included characters like Slick Johnson, Shiva Diva, Livana Rosewater, Trystan St. Laurent, and Danielle Doolittle.  Dumbodore and Flatuler, the modern day Waldorf and Statler, provided their unique perspective as the shows within a show moved along; at one point, the two old cronies sprayed air freshener and threw popcorn to express their opinion.

There were many silent auction items available for bid before, during, and after the show that were donated by local businesses and individuals.  The top items bid upon included Bahamas travel packages donated by GoBahama.com, who specializes in Bahamas Vacation Packages & All-Inclusive Bahamas Resorts and limousine service donated by Olympus Worldwide Chauffeured Services. Next Stage Theatre Company was a generous donor, Michael Magursky donated and managed the lighting services and marketing and public relations firm Media Seahorse donated their services as well.    Trevor Petty said, "$7986!!!!!!!!  That's how much the cast, crew, patrons, sponsors & donors have raised for the homeless & compassion programs of FMCC with The Spirit of Broadway's 2012 production of the original show UNMASKED: The Phantom of the Flopera. Congrats to all of you and thank you for your successful efforts."   To learn more about The Spirit of Broadway or to donate or help with First MCC's Compassion programs please email unmaskedinfo@gmail.com.