“THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME”
AUDITIONS SEEK YOUNG PERFORMERS FOR
MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE STUDENT-RUN SHOW 

July 18, 2011 (Jupiter) – Students at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre are producing their very own show, and they need local young people to fill the play’s roles.

Under the guidance of industry professionals at South Florida’s largest award-winning professional regional theatre, a team of high school students has been selected to create and produce the play “The Good Times are Killing Me,” a coming-of-age story about interracial friendship set in the 1960s. The show will take place Saturday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m.

The students’ first task: Casting the show. Open auditions will be held Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., by appointment only.

The students are encouraging local young performers from ages 8 to 18 to audition. No prior experience is necessary, and children and teenagers from all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Rehearsals for the show will begin Monday, August 8.

“We are thrilled to take on this project,” said the show’s director, Corinne Thomas. “We hope to have an audition day filled with motivated kids who are excited about being part of a new adventure.”

The project is a new mentorship initiative at the Theatre known as the Youth Artists’ Chair. The project aligns high school students with individual Theatre staff members for one-on-one mentoring and guidance during the creation process of the show.

The students went through an extensive interview process and were hand-chosen by a committee at the Theatre. The students have taken on specific roles that include producer, director, set designer, lighting designer, costume designer and more, and will lead six weeks of rehearsals before mounting the show on the Theatre’s professional stage.

Those auditioning should come prepared with two monologues (one comedic and one dramatic), a resume, a headshot and a good attitude. To schedule an audition or for more information, call (561) 972-6121.

Here’s a bit more about the show:

The Good Times are Killing Me
A poignant drama, Lynda Barry's first play is about Edna, a pre-adolescent girl of the mid-1960's who believes in racial harmony and develops an interracial friendship with Bonna, the girl next door. Life changes as the accelerating civil rights movement converges on the streets of her neighborhood, as soul music provides a soundtrack for the story’s laughter, bitterness and heartbreak. Note: strong language and adult subject matter.

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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