Forger's Apprentice - The Musical

$4,055 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 22 months
This true story by author and playwright Mark Forgy chronicles his friendship with “the world’s most successful art forger” Elmyr de Hory. The book has been adapted for the musical stage by Mark Forgy, Kevin Bowen & C. S. McNerlin, also featuring arrangements and additional music by Martha Davis. "The Forger's Apprentice - The Musical"  will be having its world premiere at the Sabes Jewish Community Center Theatre in St. Louis Park, Minnesota in June! This is a new production of The Park Theater Company with producer James J. McDonough Jr., Ph.D. The show is directed by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha with Musical Director and Accompianist Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell, Set Design and Production Stage Management by Tim Colby and Costumer Robert Yarwood. 

Our primary purpose in using gofundme is to cover our initial production costs related to mounting this world-premiere production. These include producer fees, renting or purchasing props, costumes, advertising, travel stipends for our cast and crew, composer fees and sundries. We’ve established a modest goal of four thousand dollars to accomplish this. Beyond this expense threshold, everyone involved in this project (the writers, cast and crew) will receive a modest stipend from profits which include ticket sales for their contributions of time and talent. We aim to foster the careers and talents of everyone connected to "The Forger’s Apprentice - The Musical," as well as provide a high-quality and entertaining world-premiere musical for theater lovers here and beyond. We welcome, encourage, and are grateful for your support! All donors will be listed in the program.
The musical is the coming-of-age adventure of Mark Forgy, a young Minnesotan who flees conformity during the turbulent 60s and embarks on a quest of self-discovery by going to Europe. There, on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, his fortunes change as he becomes tied to a man with a mysterious past, and the unlikely bond between Mark and Elmyr de Hory transforms his life forever. This touching play weaves art, deception, illusion, humor, tragedy and hope in storytelling at its lyrical best.
(Mark Forgy with a painting in the style of Henri Matisse by Elmyr.)

Featuring a wonderful cast and crew from around the Twin Cities area, "The Forger's Apprentice -The Musical" is bursting with talent and creativity. It's a story that is waiting to be told, and after 40 years, it's time to bring it to life. Now we need your help. The show has been in development for over two years, and as the saying goes, time is money. With the money provided by this campaign we will be able to rent costumes, props, set pieces, and be able to subsidize our cast and crew. We truly believe that collaboration is the key to creating truly original and beautiful work. We would love for you to collaborate with us by helping fund the show and then coming to see it!! We would love to have you there!!
(Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha - Director, Mark Forgy - Writer/Playwright and Kevin Bowen - Composer/Lyricist/Playwright)C. S. McNerlin - Composer / Lyricist / Playwright
The cast of The Forger's Apprentice - The Musical: Back Row (L-R): Ricardo Riley, Joseph Kastner, Yvonne Freese, Todd Bruse, Rhett Romsaas. Front Row (L-R): Robert Krueger, Zakary Morton, Sarah Shervey, Meri Golden.

The show runs from June 11th - 21st. Tickets are $15 with $3 discounts available for groups of 4 or more and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.

THANK YOU FOR VISITING OUR PAGE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE SHOW!!
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21 months ago
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Teresa, thank you for your generosity, getting us closer to our goal! You will love all these talented performers in this new musical. You have become a member of the team.
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Cindy, thank you very much! Your support helps everyone on our talented and creative team. This new play is going to be incredible!
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Joe, thank you for your generous gesture of support. It all goes to the artists who lend their hearts, dedication and talents to this incredible show.
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Sylvie, thanks so much for your kind contribution to our project. We wish you could be here to see this wonderful production.
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$4,055 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 22 months
Created May 10, 2015
JJ
$995
Jim McDonough Jr.
21 months ago

"He painted our world... He was your friend..." In gratitude to Mark Forgy, Kevin Bowen and C. S. McNerlin for bringing Elmyr's story to the musical stage ... to Todd Bruse and the Sabes JCC for providing a magically wonderful venue ... to The Park Theater Company: St. Louis Park's Community Theater for enticing the cast and crew to perform this captivating musical ... and to THE FORCE - that creative energy that continues to WOW the Universe! Only the best will do for our patrons.

JT
$50
Jeffrey Taylor
21 months ago

Good luck with the show, Mark!

SL
$50
Susan Lewis
21 months ago

We know part of the story...can't wait to see it all! Sue and Sue!

TD
$55
Teresa Doll
21 months ago

Excited to see this performance. Thanks for sharing your story with us!

CK
$55
Cindy Koehn
21 months ago
$85
Anonymous
22 months ago
SB
$20
Sylvie Benavides
22 months ago

Good luck Mark !

$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
KP
$100
Karen and Roger Peitso
22 months ago

To support your efforts...

GK
$200
George Kukacka
22 months ago

Cant wait to see the Musical

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