Maltz Jupiter Theatre


Students are spending their summer producing the Shakespearian classic Hamlet

July 10, 2013 (Jupiter) – A cast and creative team made up of local high school students is spending their summer at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre producing a thrilling Shakespearian drama.

Under the guidance of industry professionals at Florida’s largest award-winning not-for-profit professional regional theatre, area students are taking part in a free summer mentorship program to produce William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The show will take place Saturday, August 24, and will be centrally staged “in the round” at Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.

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. Through the project, students produced the drama The Laramie Project on the Theatre’s stage in 2012 and The Good Times are Killing Me in 2011.

“This project is a unique opportunity for students to receive graduate-level training as teenagers, and also a chance for the Theatre’s professionals to pass on their knowledge in a meaningful way,” said Julie Rowe, the Theatre’s director of education. “This enables our Theatre not only to be educational, but to secure the arts for future generations.”

After passing through an extensive interview and selection process, the student creative team consists of: Victoria Pavlock (producer), 16, of Jupiter; Kiel Peterson (director), 16, of Jupiter; Neal Simpson Zabriski (stage manager), 17, of Jupiter; Ashleigh McDonald (lighting designer), 16, of Jupiter; Gabriela Abadia (props designer and scenic designer), 16, of Palm Beach Gardens; Julius Kukla (sound designer), 17, of Jupiter; and Annelise Hillmann (marketing director), 15, of Tequesta.

The show’s director and producer also cast the show’s 12 young performers during the Theatre’s annual First Step to Stardom audition day in April, which drew hundreds of children to audition for roles in four of the Theatre’s shows.

Kiel, a junior at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, said he aims to direct a dynamic, high-energy adaptation of the drama that will be accessible to people of all ages, particularly his peers.

“As teenagers, this is very exciting for us,” Kiel said. “It’s a story we don’t normally tell, and being able to work with industry professionals at the Theatre is an invaluable opportunity. I can’t wait to incorporate all of the designers’ ideas and start rehearsals with our cast.”

Tickets are on sale now for Hamlet, which will take place Saturday, August 24, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children.

For information about the show and to purchase tickets, visit or call (561) 575-2223.

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 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 or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.


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