‘FIRST STEP TO STARDOM’
AUDITIONS SEEK HUNDREDS FOR
MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE SHOW 

March 7, 2011 (Jupiter) – You’ve seen American Idol, America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance.

Now it’s your turn to take your own ‘first step to stardom’ with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s second annual First Step to Stardom audition day on April 23, with children’s ensemble roles for more than 200 kids in the Theatre’s professional production of the family favorite musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The popular Andrew Lloyd Webber production – a colorful retelling of the story of Joseph, his coat of many colors and his amazing ability to interpret dreams – will include a children’s ensemble that will perform alongside the show’s professional actors during the show’s three-week run, Nov. 29 – Dec. 18.

“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for kids to work with theatre professionals and to be a part of the audition process,” said Andrew Kato, Maltz Jupiter Theatre artistic director. “We thrilled to be inviting local families to our theatre to take part in our biggest show of the 2011/12 season.”

The Theatre’s First Step to Stardom event will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, and is open to boys and girls, ages 8-13. Participants will learn a dance routine, receive acting lessons and learn to sing as an ensemble. No prior experience is necessary.

The event comes at the heels of the success of the Theatre’s inaugural “First Step to Stardom” event last May, which drew more than 300 children to the Theatre for a day of audition activities for two of the Theatre’s 2010/11 season productions: Academy and The Sound of Music.

“It was so rewarding to see hundreds of children come through our doors for auditions last year,” said Jennifer Sardone-Shiner, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s director of marketing. “This is a wonderful way to expose local children to professional theatre, and we’re so happy that we have space for even more children in this upcoming production.”

Sponsors for the event include WPEC CBS 12, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Palm Beach Post, PBG Lifestyle, and Florida Weekly.

Free optional one-hour audition workshops will be offered April 2 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Theatre.

For additional audition information and registration forms, call the First Step to Stardom hotline at (561) 972-6113 or log on to www.jupitertheatre.org and click on the First Step to Stardom logo. Advance registration is encouraged.

Here is a bit more about the show the children will audition for:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

November 29 – December 18, 2011
This colorful retelling of the story of Joseph, his coat of many colors and his amazing ability to interpret dreams is a musical blockbuster of Biblical proportions! Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s award-winning musical parable features a delightful array of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, entertaining your entire family. Rated G.

About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is an award-winning professional not-for-profit regional theatre dedicated to the performing arts whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire our community. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and is located east of U.S. Highway 1 at 1001 East Indiantown Road and State Road A1A in Jupiter. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory of Performing Arts, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.

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