JOIN THE FUN
WITH THE HIT POP MUSICAL HAIRSPRAY
AT THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE!

Show will be directed and choreographed by international performer Deon Ridley

June 10, 2015 – You “can't stop the beat” in this big and bold ‘60s musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance!

International performer Deon Ridley will direct and choreograph the upcoming production of the musical romp Hairspray on June 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. on the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s stage. Fun for the entire family, tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for children.

The show will star 72 students from Palm Beach, Martin County and beyond who are participating in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts’ three-week Senior Conservatory summer camp (grades 6-12), in which students learn all aspects of theatre such as acting, dance and voice, culminating in full performances of a musical.

Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a family-friendly musical piled high with laughter, romance and delightfully catchy songs, including You Can’t Stop the Beat, Good Morning Baltimore and Mama, I’m A Big Girl Now. Set in Baltimore in 1962, this musical tells the tale of quirky teen Tracy Turnblad, whose dream comes true to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. However, in order to accomplish her dream, she must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network – all without denting her ‘do!

The musical’s hit songs include You Can’t Stop the Beat, Good Morning Baltimore and Mama, I’m A Big Girl Now.

Hairspray features a witty storyline, infectious songs and dynamic dancing, as well as several important social messages,” said Julie Rowe, director of education for the Conservatory. “A musical version of the John Waters film, the bright, inspiring story of Tracy Turnblad fighting for integration teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for equal rights. It also teaches that everyone has beauty; you don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”

Recently seen onstage in the Theatre’s production of The Wiz, Ridley is a New York-based performer who spent five years as the Dance Captain for A New Day starring Celine Dion at Caesars Palace Colosseum Theatre in Las Vegas. Ridley’s Broadway credits include The Lion King and A Christmas Carol starring Frank Langella at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Ridley has danced for Michael Jackson during his 30th Anniversary Celebration at Madison Square Garden (alongside legendary artists Whitney Houston, Usher, Jill Scott, Deborah Cox, Monica, Al Jarreau, Gloria Gaynor and Maya). Other stage credits include the world premiere of Secondhand Lions the Musical at 5th Ave Theatre in Seattle; performing in Cats in Hamburg, Germany; the North American Tour of Fame and the National Tour of Damn Yankees.

“I’m thrilled to be back at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre working with a talented, motivated group of young performers on this incredible musical,” Ridley said. “Hairspray sends an important message about looking past our differences and embracing what we have in common. I’d like to encourage everyone to come see this vibrant, fun-filled show.”

During camp, Ridley will guide students through the process of auditioning for a Broadway show, a fast-paced rehearsal schedule and the opportunity to showcase all that they’ve learned onstage, complete with costumes, sets, professional lighting and a professional theater orchestra.

“The Senior Conservatory is a wonderful opportunity for local teens to have the chance to experience what it's like to work in professional theatre and perform on that Theatre’s stage in a full musical,” Rowe said.

The musical features design elements from a host of industry professionals, including scenic design by the Theatre’s assistant technical director Tim Watson, sound design by the Theatre’s resident sound designer Marty Mets, lighting design by Ardean Landuis, props design by Susan Emley and costume design by Jerry Sturdefant.

Showtimes for the Conservatory’s upcoming production of Hairspray are 7:30 p.m on Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27. Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for children. For tickets, call the Theatre’s box office at (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org.


About the Conservatory

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts is a premiere professional Conservatory that 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 hands-on workshops and master classes offer students an opportunity to learn first-hand from nationally known directors and Broadway performers, agents and local instructors.

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 7,626 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. 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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Hairspray – June 26 and 27
When Tracy Turnblad’s dream comes true to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show, she must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do! Performed by students from the Senior Conservatory at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, this musical is perfect for everyone! Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults $25, Students $20. Phone: (561) 575-2223. Visit
www.jupitertheatre.org.