FIRST STEP TO STARDOM
AUDITIONS SEEK STUDENTS FOR
FOUR MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
Opportunities include roles in the Theatre’s professional productions of Billy Elliott the Musical, The Will Rogers Follies, Frost/Nixon and Kiss Me, Kate
March 2, 2015 (Jupiter) – The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is seeking young male and female dancers for its Florida regional premiere of Billy Elliot the Musical!
The beloved musical is just one of the shows with roles up for grabs at the Theatre’s sixth annual First Step to Stardom audition day on Saturday, April 18, with roles for dozens of students (ages 7 – 24). The day will feature casting for the Theatre’s professional productions of Billy Elliot the Musical (about a boy who trades in his boxing gloves for ballet shoes), The Will Rogers Follies (a Tony Award®-winning musical extravaganza), Frost/Nixon (a fast-paced, riveting drama) and Kiss Me, Kate (a witty and delightful Cole Porter musical).
“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 2015/16 season, and we are particularly excited to be seeking young boys and girls to perform in one of the most celebrated musicals on stage today: Billy Elliot the Musical.”
The Theatre’s First Step to Stardom audition day will take place on April 18. Auditions for ages 7-15 will take place from 11 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.; auditions for ages 16 – 24 will begin at 3 p.m. Participants will learn a dance routine, receive acting tips, have an audition headshot taken and learn to sing as an ensemble. Students are asked to wear dance clothing (no sandals or open-toe shoes).
To help students prepare, Billy Elliot the Musical audition prep classes for girls ages 8-13 (intermediate to advanced ballet dancers) will be offered on the following three dates: Saturday, March 7; Saturday, March 14; and Saturday, March 21. All will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Theatre’s Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts. Cost is $25.50 per session, and participants are asked to wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes with their hair in a bun.
Billy Elliot the Musical audition prep classes for boys ages 7-13 (intermediate to advanced tap dancers) will take place on the following two dates: Saturday, March 28, and Saturday, April 4. Both will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Conservatory. Cost is $25.50 per session, and participants are asked to wear a white t-shirt, black jazz pants and black tap shoes.
Both prep classes will teach students the dance combinations that will be used at the audition itself, as well as the audition’s 16-bar cut of music. Students can take one class or all that are offered to their gender. Students who participate in a prep class will have scheduled auditions at 10 a.m. on April 18 and will be considered for all productions requiring children.
Free “Intro to Auditioning” seminars will also be offered that will give students and parents an overview of what to expect at the audition day. Those seminars will take place on the following dates: Saturday, March 14; Saturday, March 21; and Saturday, April 11. All will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Conservatory. Parents will attend a question-and-answer session in the acting studio while students learn music in the voice studio and a dance combination in the dance studio. Students are asked to wear dance clothing (no sandals or open-toe shoes). Students should register for an audition slot online and will be considered for all productions requiring children.
To register for the Theatre’s annual First Step to Stardom audition day, visit www.jupitertheatre.org/fsts.
Here is more about the shows students will be auditioning for:
Billy Elliot The Musical – December 1 – 20
This electrifying Broadway blockbuster will draw you into the life of Billy, the youngest child of a blue-collar family who discovers his unlikely and extraordinary gift for ballet. Set during the UK miners’ strike of 1984, Billy’s only escape may be the prestigious Royal Ballet School, a place no working-class boy has ever gone. The musical of the decade, this winner of 10 Tony Awards® features unforgettable music by Elton John and is full of family-friendly holiday fun. Sponsored by Peggy and Rick Katz.
The Will Rogers Follies – January 12 – 31
Come celebrate the life of Will Rogers, a beloved American entertainer who never met a man he didn’t like. At the beginning of the 20th century, Rogers was at the zenith of his popularity, mastering every medium of the time — stage, screen, radio, newspapers and Hollywood. This musical extravaganza features glittering showgirls, tapping cowboys and show-stopping dance numbers. Winner of six Tony Awards®, this dazzling production is a feel-good hit! Yeehaw! Sponsored by Kathy and Joe Savarese, Homecare America and Braman BMW Jupiter.
Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan
February 7 – 21
In 1977, David Frost was a struggling TV show host desperate to reignite his career and Richard Nixon was the disgraced former president of the United States. When Frost approached Nixon about doing a series of televised interviews, he saw it as a path to fame. Nixon saw it as a chance to win back respect and dignity. Ripped from the headlines, this fast-paced, riveting drama illuminates one of the most monumental political interviews of all time. Sponsored byJodie and Dan Hunt and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and California Closets.
Kiss Me, Kate – March 8 – 27
What do you get when you combine Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew with Cole Porter’s music and lyrics? A musical that is just too darn hot! Follow the backstage story of feuding couples, raging egos, gamblers and gangsters in this Tony Award-winning show. Celebrate the joys, madness and rewards of working in the theater — both onstage and off. Brush up your Shakespeare and don’t miss this witty and delightful musical! Sponsored by Janet and Phillip Dresden and Isanne and Sanford Fisher.
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.
Linnea Bailey (561) 972-6132