THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
RECEIVES $15,000 GRANT
FROM THE PNC FOUNDATION TO RENEW KIDS KORNER SERIES 

Special student performance of Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown to take place on Friday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m.

October 18, 2011 (Jupiter) – The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is proud to announce that for the second consecutive year, it is a recipient of a $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation, designed to provide high-quality theater productions to more than 3,000 local children and their families.

The program has been so popular that a special student performance of the upcoming PNC Kids Korner show Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown has been announced for 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. This is in addition to a noon performance on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The Theatre’s PNC Kids Korner performances are a series of high-quality productions presented throughout the year for children and their families. The 2011/12 series will consist of six performances (public performances and student matinees) that will reach more than 3,000 Pre-K and elementary school students from throughout Palm Beach County. The series covers a wide range of social and emotional issues that children experience, with all shows based on children’s story books that come to life on the Theatre’s stage.

Studies have shown that Pre-K students who have been given an example of working out problems through storytelling become better problem solvers and have a greater readiness toward learning and reading in elementary school, said the Theatre’s managing director, Tricia Trimble.

“The PNC Kids Korner Series will cover a wide range of social and emotional issues that children experience, especially when they are very young. When feelings are dealt with through drama, the storyline in a play has a lasting impact on young minds,” Trimble said. “We are so pleased to partner with the PNC Foundation again this year. Through their generosity, hundreds of Pre-K students and their families will be able to experience live theatre.”

The PNC Kids Korner public performances for the season are as follows:

Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 – Kids Korner Series presents Jigsaw Jones, the Case of the Class Clown
Theodore “Jigsaw” Jones, detective who is on the case to solve the mystery. Brimming with music, charm, and humor this show brings the popular chapter book series to life. Showtime is 10 a.m. on Oct. 21 and noon on Oct. 22. Produced by ArtsPower.

Saturday, February 4 – Kids Korner Series presents Aesop’s Fables
Through lively storytelling full of fun and imagination, this is a perfect introduction to some of the world’s most cherished stories and to the magic of live theatre! Showtime is noon. Produced by Eckerd Theatre Company.

Friday, May 4 – Kids Korner Series presents Henry and Mudge
Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry and his great big canine friend, Mudge, with whom he shares all kinds of adventures! Showtime is 6 p.m. Produced by TheatreWorksUSA.

All tickets are $12, with special group rates available.

In addition to public performances, there will also be special select school-day performances of each show for approved ‘Grow Up Great” Pre-K centers. To register to be an approved center, go to www.pncgrowupgreat.com.

In addition, PNC Wealth Management, a division of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) achieved a platinum sponsorship level through its contribution of $10,000 for the Theatre’s Ninth Annual Gala, We’ve Got Elegance, to be held January 14 at The Breakers Palm Beach. PNC will be honored for its corporate and business partnership during the gala.

Tickets to all shows may be purchased by calling (561) 575-2223 or by visiting www.jupitertheatre.org.

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.

About the PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. PNC has extended its signature cause, PNC Grow Up Great, by $250 million over 10 years to enhance early childhood education and school readiness. For more information, please visit www.pncgrowupgreat.com.

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