THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE HONORS ITS VOLUNTEERS

The not-for-profit regional theatre honored its team of more than 500 volunteers during three luncheons in April

April 22, 2014 – In honor of National Volunteer Week in April, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre celebrated its cast of more than 500 volunteers with three luncheons to say “thank you.”

An annual tradition, this season’s luncheons took place in the Theatre’s newly-renovated space, The Green Room Club Level Lounge. Each luncheon was complete with a cocktail hour, donated catered luncheon from Outback Steakhouse of Jupiter, cake, a comedy performance by associate producer Rachel Blavatnik and a private concert by multi-talented entertainer Billy Bones.

Volunteers currently serve as bartenders, ushers, wardrobe specialists, box office personnel, office administrators and more. They work in every department at the award-winning not-for-profit Theatre, and spend countless hours working backstage, assisting with artist relations, helping with facility maintenance and representing the Theatre at special events and festivals, among other tasks. In addition to the volunteer team, the Theatre’s Conservatory parents have also contributed close to 6,000 hours of service.

“If we were to add up all the hours of work our volunteers put in each season, it would probably equal more than $100,000 worth of work,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director. “We are so grateful to our hundreds of volunteers and the wonderful work they do for us here.”

At the luncheons, the Theatre presented its annual “volunteer of the year” awards, given to one volunteer from each department who went ‘above and beyond’ to do extraordinary things through service. This year’s winners were Betty Leavitt, representing the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts team; Terry Campani, representing the Development team; Judy Stock, representing the Marketing/Community Outreach team; Lori Richards, representing the Production team; Chris Cordova, representing the Bar/Patron Services team; and two representing the Usher/Operations team: Fran Hyde and Sylvia Holland.

And there’s always room for more “cast members” at the Theatre.

“Our not-for-profit theatre is the place to meet new people, experience wonderful entertainment and learn about the art of theatre,” Kato said. “We are made up of staff, a board of directors, visiting artists, Conservatory students and volunteers. Together, we are ‘family.’”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Theatre, please visit www.jupitertheatre.org/volunteer or call Barbara Rafkin at (561) 972-6106.

About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
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 nearly 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 7,611 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.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.   

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