MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
INVITES LOCAL PERFORMERS
TO AUDITION FOR NEXT SEASON
March 21, 2016 (Jupiter) – Every stage production begins with auditions, and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is encouraging local professional performers to try out.
The first of the Theatre’s auditions for the shows in its 2016/17 season, Let Us Entertain You!, will take place in Jupiter on Friday, March 25, with auditions for all of the shows: The Audience (October 23 – November 6), Me and My Girl (November 29 – December 18), The Producers (January 10 – 29), Disgraced (February 12 – 26) and Gypsy (March 21 – April 9). Performers auditioning for the season’s dramas should be ready to read passages from the script. Performers auditioning for the musicals should come prepared with two brief contrasting musical theatre songs (up-tempo and ballad) and a one-minute monologue, and are asked to bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. All auditioning should bring a headshot and résumé.
Other upcoming auditions in Jupiter include auditions specifically for the two dramas (The Audience and Disgraced) on Monday, March 28, as well as auditions specifically for the three musicals (Me and My Girl, The Producers and Gypsy) on Friday, April 1.
As the largest regional theatre in Florida, the Theatre is one of the area’s top employers of both onstage and backstage talent, including directors, choreographers, designers, musicians, performers and stage crew. To cast its professional shows, the Theatre draws from both local and national talent. Of 105 stage roles needed during the 2015/16 season, 55 performers were from Florida. The remaining 50 performers were from New York and elsewhere.
“People have the misconception that talent can only be found in New York or other big cities – but talent exists everywhere,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director and chief executive. “We’d like to encourage local performers to read the casting information on the Theatre’s website, find a role that interests them, make an appointment, show up to auditions and let their talents be known. Our first priority is to employ talented actors from this area.”
Between 400 and 700 people typically audition in New York for each of the Theatre’s large-scale musicals, and as many as 250 people audition for its plays. However, the Theatre’s leaders always give strong consideration to local performers due to their desire to support local talent. There are also financial incentives to hiring locally, since the Theatre is required to offer housing to any union performer outside a 50-mile radius. All directors are present at callbacks.
“There are so many opportunities to be seen at our Theatre,” said Rachel Blavatnik, the Theatre’s associate producer and company manager who coordinates casting. “Just like on Broadway, we follow Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) union requirements and host Equity Principal Auditions (EPAs), or union open calls. However, non-union actors can also attend these auditions and wait in line to be seen. All performers are encouraged to make an appointment.”
Outside of Jupiter, the theatre is holding auditions for its season shows in New York City. The Theatre is also a member of the Florida Professional Theatres Association (FPTA), which holds state-wide auditions every summer – this year in Vero Beach on May 22 and 23. Blavatnik attends each year.
“The opportunities abound each year, from comedies and dramas to big, splashy musicals,” Blavatnik said. “The needs are often very specific to the particular shows we are doing. This season, we are proud to be producing two plays that appeared on Broadway last season, in addition to three musicals that have won the hearts of audiences across the world. There are many opportunities for all types of talented performers.”
The Theatre’s New York musical auditions often take place over five days, including a day for an open casting call, two days for agent submissions, a day for dance calls and a day for callbacks.
Public student auditions will be held on Saturday, April 9, starting at 10 a.m., with the Theatre’s seventh annual First Step to Stardom audition day, with roles for dozens of students (ages 7 – 24). The day will feature casting for the Theatre’s professional productions of The Audience, The Producers and Gypsy.
Full details of all of the Theatre’s casting sessions can be found by visiting www.jupitertheatre.org and clicking on the “auditions” button on the side of the page (or by visiting www.jupitertheatre.org/auditions). First Step to Stardom audition information can be found by visiting www.jupitertheatre.org/fsts.
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 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