HONK JR. AND SUMMER CAMPS AT
THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
CONSERVATORY OF PERFORMING ARTS

Show brings a message of acceptance and self-esteem

July 5, 2011 (Jupiter) – This summer, learn about self-confidence and embracing differences while performing in the fun-filled musical Honk, Jr. at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Conservatory of Performing Arts’ Junior Conservatory camp!

Fresh from a Senior Conservatory vacation camp (grades 6-12) that concluded with performances of Footloose, the Conservatory will kick off its annual Junior Conservatory summer camp (grades 3-5) on July 11, in which students learn all aspects of stage production. The three-week camp will culminate in full performances of the musical Honk Jr. on the Theatre’s main stage, complete with professional set, costumes, and live musicians.

Other camp options for grades K-5 include separate one-week magic, outer space and fairy tale-themed camps, as well as a two-week dance intensive camp for grades 6-12.

Honk Jr., a contemporary, comic stage adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling, offers a message of tolerance and acceptance. Aimed primarily at children and their parents, the musical is set in the countryside and features a cast of colorful characters that are all barnyard animals.

“It’s really an anti-bullying story about how being different is good, and accepting others through the story of The Ugly Duckling,” said Julie Rowe, director of education for the Conservatory. “The show gives children the opportunity to explore characters in a fun and exciting way, and also provides a fantastic outlet for imagination and creativity.”

Rowe will direct the show, with choreography by Brian Andrews, a Conservatory instructor and veteran performer performed in two of Broadway's longest running shows: Cats and A Chorus Line.

During camp, Rowe will guide students to experience the process of auditioning for a show, a fast-paced rehearsal schedule and the opportunity to showcase all that they’ve learned onstage.

“The Junior Conservatory is a wonderful chance for young ones in the community to experience the thrill of putting together a show and performing it onstage with costumes, lighting, a professional set and more,” Rowe said.

Honk Jr. performances will take place July 29 and 30 at 6:30 p.m., with camp scheduled for Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 11 – 30. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for children.

Conservatory vacation camp options for the remainder of the summer are as follows:

July 5 – 8 – Four Day Camp, grades K-5
Students in grades K – 5 will experience a theatre overview camp with a “magic!” theme, culminating in a performance on the Theatre’s stage on July 8. Classrooms will be broken into groups of grades K – 2 and 3 – 5. $160; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; pre-care and after-care are also available.

July 11 – 30 – Junior Conservatory, grades 3-5
Students in grades 3 – 5 will rehearse and perform Honk, Jr. on the Theatre stage July 29 and 30. All students will be a part of the production, auditions will be held for placement only. $600; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; pre-care and after-care are also available.

August 1 – 5 – One Week Camp, grades K-5
Students in grades K – 5 will experience a theatre overview camp with an “outer space” theme, culminating in a performance on the Theatre’s stage on Aug. 5. Classrooms will be broken into groups of grades K – 2 and 3 – 5. $200; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; pre-care and after-care are also available.

August 8 – 12 – One Week Camp, grades K-5
Students in grades K – 5 will experience a theatre overview camp with a “fairy tale” theme, culminating in a performance on the Theatre’s stage August 12. Classrooms will be broken into groups of grades K – 2 and 3 – 5. $200; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; pre-care and after-care are also available.

August 1 – 12 – Two Week Camp, grades 6-12
Students in grades 6 – 12 will spend two weeks in a “dance intensive” camp, focusing on ballet, jazz, and tap and culminating in a performance on the Theatre’s stage on Aug. 12. Class will be under the guidance of Broadway veteran dancer Brian Andrews. $400; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; pre-care and after-care are also available.

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Conservatory of Performing Arts offers a challenging, innovative and quality theatre experience to students of all ages and abilities. In addition to a full schedule of classes, the Conservatory's workshops and master classes offer students an opportunity to learn first-hand about the world of theatre from nationally known composers and performers, agents and local instructors.

To purchase tickets for Honk Jr., call the box office at (561) 575-2223. For more information or to sign up for camp, call 561-575-2672 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org for a complete camp schedule.

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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