FOUR LOCAL STARS DISCOVERED IN CONTEST AT
THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE

(Jupiter, FL) July 22, 2008 - The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Guild sold out its recent fundraiser talent show, Palm Beach Idols, at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre on Saturday, July 19th. Participants from all over Palm Beach and Martin Counties auditioned June 21st at the Theatre to compete in the finals. "The level of talent that auditioned for the event was extremely high. It was very difficult narrowing down the 80-plus competitors to the 23 slots for the final event," says Andrew Kato, Artist Director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

Local residents took the stage to show off their remarkable talents to a packed house. Contestants, ranging from seven years old and up, performed over a two hour production that included singers, dancers and instrumentalists that varied from Billy Joel to Hannah Montana.

"People often assume that great talent is found in New York or California. The reality is that talent exists everywhere and it just takes opportunity and nurturing to bring it forward. Palm Beach Idol gives that chance to locals to be showcased in a professional setting, and possibly win a cash prize at the same time," says Kato.

There were four winners at Palm Beach Idols, one for each of the three age categories and one overall winner from the group. Each winner was awarded $250 from The Guild and $250 from FAU Lifelong Learning. The overall winner of the night, Kiel Peterson, wowed the judges and audience with his dancing feet in the tap routine, "Boys Are Back In Town." In the youth category, Gabrielle Craft stunned the judges with her performance of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" a hit made popular in the 50's. Next, the teen category was won by composer, Anthony Espina, performing "Our Fallen Radiance," an original piece that was written for piano and cello. In the adult division, Camilo Narvarrete and Don Farina performed a hip-hop dance to "Nobody".

"As the fundraising arm of the Conservatory of Performing Arts, the Guild was happy to
co-produced the 2008 Palm Beach Idols with The Maltz Jupiter Theatre," says Eileen Weissmann, Event Coordinator, "This year's event was a huge success and raised over $10,000!"

The Guild's primary mission is to raise money for an endowment fund designed to provide, in perpetuity, opportunities for our youth and young adults to participate in the Conservatory of Performing Arts' programs. The Guild also serves as volunteers and ambassadors of the Theatre by advancing the mission of the Theatre and its many programs.

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre opened in February 2004 as a 550-seat, not-for-profit regional theatre at the former Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre location. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is located east of U.S. Highway 1 at 1001 East Indiantown Road and State Road A1A in Jupiter.

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