‘FIRST STEP TO STARDOM’ AUDITIONS
SEEK STUDENTS FOR FOUR
MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE SHOWS

Opportunities include a chance to perform onstage in Annie, The King and I, Hamlet and Through the Looking Glass


March 12, 2013 (Jupiter) – You’ve seen Glee, Smash, America’s Got Talent and The Voice.

Now it’s your turn to take your own ‘first step to stardom’ with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s fourth annual First Step to Stardom audition day on Saturday, April 27, with roles for dozens of students (ages 5 – 18).  The day will feature casting for the Theatre’s professional productions of the family favorite musicals Annie and The King and I, the new musical Through the Looking Glass and a Shakespearian classic produced through the Theatre’s high school mentorship program: Hamlet.

“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, the Theatre’s producing artistic director. “We are delighted to be inviting local families to our theatre to take part in four of our shows during the 2013/14 season.”

The Theatre’s First Step to Stardom audition day will take place at the Jupiter Community Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 27. Participants will learn a dance routine, receive acting lessons and learn a song as part of the audition. Students are asked to wear dance clothing and dance shoes or sneakers (no sandals or open-toed shoes).

The event comes at the heels of the success of the Theatre’s large-scale “First Step to Stardom” events during the past three seasons, which drew hundreds of children to the Theatre for auditions. Several dozen children and teens who auditioned last year performed in December’s production of the musical The Music Man, Through the Looking Glass and The Laramie Project.

“It was so rewarding to see so many children perform in the Theatre’s shows last season,” said Jennifer Sardone-Shiner, the Theatre’s director of marketing. “This is a wonderful way to expose local children to professional theatre, and we’re so happy that students have the opportunity to be cast in four of the Theatre’s upcoming productions next season.”

Free optional audition workshops will be offered on Saturday, March 16, and Saturday, April 13, at the Theatre. Auditions will take place at the Jupiter Community Center, located at 200 Military Trail in Jupiter. For additional information and to register, visit www.jupitertheatre.org/fsts. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

Here is a bit more about each of the shows students may audition for:

Annie (part of the Theatre’s season subscription) is a classic American musical that brings America’s favorite comic-strip orphan to life in the Tony Award-winning musical set in the Great Depression. This adventure-filled musical arrives just in time for the holiday season and will delight kids of all ages. You’ll cheer as Annie escapes from her “Hard-Knock Life” but don’t wait until “Tomorrow” to get your tickets. This one will sell out fast! Sponsored by John MacDonald Company. Performances will take place December 3 – 22, 2013.

The King and I (part of the Theatre’s season subscription)follows a British schoolteacher hired by the King to modernize his country in 19th-century Siam. This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical masterpiece is complete with opulent sets, lavish costumes and a lush score of classics including “Getting to Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers” and many more. This Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon will leave you whistling a happy tune! Sponsored by Joe and Kathy Savarese and Homecare America. Performances will take place March 18 – April 6, 2014.

Through the Looking Glass(part of the Theatre’s Emerging Artist Series) is a contemporary retelling of the children’s classic Alice in Wonderland that comes to life with eye-popping sets, costumes, magic and puppetry. In a colorful land where animals talk and characters amuse, 12-year-old Alice learns to “look in the mirror” and see the truly special person she is. With an exciting original pop score, this adventure is filled with fun twists the entire family will enjoy. Sponsored by The Elmore Family Foundation, John Osher, and The Albert E. and Birdie W. Einstein Fund.Performances will take place Nov. 15 and 16, 2013.

Hamlet (part of the Theatre’s Youth Artists’ Chair program) follows Prince Hamlet’s quest for truth, justice and ultimately revenge following the death of his father and a ghostly visit. One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Hamlet’s journey reminds us all “to thine own self be true.” [Held off site.] Performances will take place Saturday, August 24, 2013.

First Step to Stardom is sponsored by John Osher and WPEC-TV CBS12.

About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Now celebrating its 10th season, the not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws over 70,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 7,530 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence in 2012. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.orgor call the box office at (561) 575-2223.         

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