Maltz Jupiter Theatre

MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE TO BREAK GROUND
ON FIRST PHASE OF EXPANSION

Not-for-profit theatre is moving ahead with plans for exciting expansion that will improve production facilities within the next five years, paving the way for the theatre to produce the next Broadway-bound hit musical


April 15, 2019 (Jupiter) – Following the completion of its smash hit 2018/19 season, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is embarking on its much-anticipated expansion.

The day after the curtain closed on its sold out production of West Side Story, the Theatre is breaking ground on the first phase of construction, or Act I, on Monday, April 15.

Completed in three “acts” or phases of construction, Act I will include extensive improvements to the parking lots, adding 30-40 parking spaces, landscaping and bringing power to the building in advance of its next phase, Act II. The Theatre will remain open and fully operational for its upcoming limited engagements, summer productions, Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts classes and summer camp programming during these improvements.

“We are grateful to begin work on the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s expansion and so impressed with the amazing team that is helping us accomplish it,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director and chief executive. “This expansion is bringing us even closer to reaching our goals of producing the next Broadway-bound hit musical right here in Jupiter. Soon, locals may be able to be among the first to see the next Hamilton: An American Musical or Dear Evan Hansen.”

With an ambitious fundraising campaign currently underway, the not-for-profit Theatre is diving into an exciting expansion that will improve production facilities within the next five years. Under the current plan, the Theatre’s improved stage will be ten feet deeper and six feet wider on either side, enabling the Theatre to qualify for pre-Broadway and national tours. A third-floor rehearsal studio will provide actors with a view, and residents will have the opportunity to see actors working and rehearsing.

The expansion will also benefit local children and those looking for first-class educational opportunities. The Theatre’s popular Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts will double in size, allowing students the opportunity to receive a high-quality, dynamic arts education in state-of-the-art facilities.

A proposed 199-seat second space will also provide the opportunity for programmatic diversity, giving the Theatre fresh possibilities for new and exciting offerings year-round, including a film series, new and alternate plays and musicals, museum exhibits and other innovative presentations. Also new will be Scene, an innovative VIP pre-show supper lounge where guests can dine and be entertained prior to a show.

Estimated to cost $4.2 million, Act I of the expansion will be completed before the Theatre’s first season production of the 2019/20 season: The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula, which will begin preview performances on October 27. In addition to a complete overhaul and redesign of the parking lot and landscaping, the work will include two brand new state-of-the-art marquees and an additional curb cut to allow for easier Conservatory student dropoff and pickup.

This summer’s work will include building a concrete bunker known as a gear box on the west side of the building behind the stage, which will provide and house the equipment necessary to power the building when all phases are complete.

Raymond E. Graziotto, a volunteer and friend of the Theatre, is donating his company’s expertise to the Theatre to ensure that the project gets off the ground smoothly. As a partner and the president and chief operating officer of the private real estate development and management firm Seven Kings Holdings, Inc., Graziotto said he is happy to assist with the often-daunting prospect of collaborating continuously with municipal officials, the architectural team, contractor and other professionals to ensure that all of the project team members involved are organized. This early effort will help streamline the construction timeline, reduce costs and make sure that all of the parties are properly coordinated prior to the start of the work.

“Act I is the first phase that will allow us to get as much of the project done as possible prior to the start of Act II,” Graziotto said. “In addition to the specific work and tasks being completed, we’re really going to make sure to complete all of the heavy-duty investigative work of understanding all facets of the project and the nuances of the existing building, then finalize and fine tune the construction drawings and project’s budget.”

Designed by Currie Sowards Aguila Architects, the expansion’s proposed layout will eventually double the square footage of the building without impacting the 617-seat audience chamber’s intimacy. Act I will also include the bidding, permitting and construction drawings for Act II and Act III, enabling the Theatre to obtain final estimates and plan for the remainder of its Believe capital campaign.

Getting the drawings completed early is crucial to ensure smooth permitting and bidding processes, explained Jess M. Sowards, AIA, LEED AP and Principal of Currie Sowards Aguila Architects.

“The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s expansion is a complex project because it’s being completed in three acts in three different summers,” Sowards said. “Time is crucial because of the Theatre’s performance schedule, so we need to ensure that the contractors can both start and finish on time. Finalizing the drawings early will ensure that all of the necessary permits are in place and that the contractors can properly plan for the project and can hit the ground running for each of its phases.”

As Vice Chairman of Gilbane Building Company and Vice President of Gilbane, Inc. – the company completing much of the work – William J. Gilbane, Jr. agreed that completing each phase separately is extremely important with this particular project.

“Act I is very critical to finish before we begin Act II.  It will allow us to organize the site’s utilities and infrastructure and includes a new transformer and electric service housed in a brand-new utility room,” Gilbane said. “In essence, we will be updating the building’s outdated electric service and bringing it up to current standards and sizing in preparation for Act II.”

In January, philanthropists and founding board members Milton and Tamar Maltz announced an exceptional gift to help fund the expansion: a $5 million matching challenge grant through The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation. The Foundation is currently matching any new donation made to the Theatre’s Believe capital campaign dollar-for-dollar. When the Theatre reaches $5 million, this generous match – added to the existing $14 million raised prior to the start of the match – will bring the total Believe capital contribution level to $24 million.

“After an in-depth study and the development of a strategic plan by the Theatre’s Board of Directors and staff, the need to expand and improve our facilities was identified if we were to achieve our future objectives. These required significant changes to the building, and we are beginning the exciting first phase of these now,” said Robert Sachs, Chairman of the Theatre’s Board of Directors.

The project is important for everyone to support because it will improve and enhance the entire community, said William I. Morton, Chairman of the Theatre’s Believe Campaign.

“Since its founding 15 years ago, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre has grown to be the ‘best of the best’ and this expansion will significantly contribute to the vitality of the region,” Morton said. “The Theatre will become the centerpiece of year-round performing arts activities and enrich the lives of all of those in South Florida that love and appreciate performing arts. With this expansion, the Goldner Conservatory will have exceptional space to serve significantly more children in the community. Educating our youth is a key component of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s mission. This is a wonderful asset for the community that will increase the Theatre’s value and visibility.”

Since its inception in 2004, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of the Southeast’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to artistic excellence, production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. As the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre boasts a subscription base of more than 8,560 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Conservatory, which serves more than 600 students per year.

For more information about the expansion, visit www.jupitertheatre.org/believe. To make a matching gift, contact Christina Rynasko, director of development, at (561) 972-6150 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 8,560 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.   

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MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
2019/20 LIMITED ENGAGEMENTS
OFFER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE


March 21, 2019 (Jupiter) – Follow your passion to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre for the award-winning regional theatre’s 2019/20 season!

In addition to the musicals and dramas featured in the Theatre’s 2019/20 season (The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Chicago, Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), tickets are currently on sale for the Theatre’s spectacular lineup of all-new concerts and special productions, along with select audience favorites.

New shows include the unmistakable music of Freddy Mercury and Queen with Mercury (January 4); the timeless and glorious music of Carole King with Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King (February 6); a tribute to disco and the unforgettable music of the Bee Gees with Stayin’ Alive (February 7); the classic R&B and rock ‘n roll sounds of Cornell Gunter’s Coasters (February 9); the show-stopping music of Tina Turner with Forever Tina (February 14); and a spectacular concert with engaging commentary with An American Salute – A Keyboard Conversations® performance with pianist Jeffrey Siegel (March 22).

In addition to the Theatre’s popular annual Capitol Steps’ New Year’s Eve performances (December 31), the Theatre is also bringing back other audience favorites, including the holiday-themed concert Christmas Cheer: Live from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre (December 16), the celebration of an icon with Simply Streisand (January 3), the smooth sounds of The Beach Boys with the Beach Party Boys (February 8), the Irish classical crossover trio The Celtic Tenors (February 13) and the legendary music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with Let’s Hang On! Americas #1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show (February 15).

“The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has something for everyone with our new season of special events and concerts,” said Dana Munson, the Theatre’s director of marketing. “Looking for a fun-filled evening out? Let the Theatre entertain you! A superb treat for your office staff, family, neighbor, friends or sweetheart, the Theatre is a perfect activity for groups, both large and small.”

To compliment your evening out, consider one of the Theatre’s many preferred restaurants and hotel packages. Also, share the gift of theatre with a gift certificate, available at the box office.

November will bring an extra-special benefit to the Theatre: John Lloyd Young (November 16), the Theatre’s seventh annual Tony Award® winner benefit concert. Young is the Tony® and Grammy award-winning Frankie Valli from Broadway's Jersey Boys as well as the star of the Clint Eastwood-directed Warner Bros film. This glamorous evening brings a celebration of classic hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s presented in the authentic acoustic style of original rock ‘n’ roll, Doo-Wop and R&B standards.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is coming to the stage in August, presented by local middle and high school students as part of the Theatre’s Youth Artists’ Chair program (August 10). In one of the greatest love stories ever told, the city of Verona is divided by an historic bitter feud where two star-crossed lovers meet. Romeo and Juliet’s tragic end brings light to the necessity of peace.

Students from the Theatre’s Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts will also present spectacular fun-filled family fare: The Best of Broadway Musical Revue (December 28 and 29), Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. (May 1 and 2), a surprise big classic musical set to be announced on January 1, 2020 (May 15 and 16), Shrek The Musical (June 26 and 27) and Disney’s Aladdin JR. (July 24 and 25).

Patrons may purchase tickets for club level premium seats in the Theatre’s premium space, The Green Room, and enjoy the stylish lounge and amenities throughout the season. Amenities include spacious 23” seats, a lounge with a private bar and restrooms, one free drink of choice with ticket purchase (evening performances only for season shows), panoramic views of the stage and a private entrance and elevator. Groups who purchase all 62 Club Level seats to a performance receive full access to The Green Room Club Level Lounge at no additional charge to host a private event, such as a catered dinner or cocktail party.

Here’s a look at the Theatre’s 2019/20 special productions, all-new limited engagements and more:

Youth Artists’ Chair presents Romeo and Juliet – Saturday, August 10
In one of the greatest love stories ever told, the city of Verona is divided by an historic bitter feud where two star-crossed lovers meet. Romeo and Juliet’s tragic end brings light to the necessity of peace. Produced by middle and high school students as part of the Theatre’s Youth Artists’ Chair program. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for adults.

Seventh Annual Tony Award® Winner Series presents John Lloyd Young – Saturday, November 16
John Lloyd Young is the Tony® and Grammy award-winning Frankie Valli from Broadway's Jersey Boys as well as the star of the Clint Eastwood-directed Warner Bros film. This glamorous evening brings a celebration of classic hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s presented in the authentic acoustic style of original rock ‘n’ roll, Doo-Wop and R&B standards. Along with tracks from Young’s critically acclaimed debut album “My Turn,” the show also features; “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” and “In the Still of the Night.” This evening is not to be missed! Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Christmas Cheer: Live from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre – Monday, December 16
Hear some of your favorite holiday songs with this festive show presented by the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Orchestra. Broadcast live on Legends Radio and hosted by Jill and Rich Switzer of The Morning Lounge with Jill and Rich, this will be an outstanding musical experience that will leave you and your family in the wonder, warmth and magic of the season. Sponsored by Legends Radio. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

The Best of Broadway Musical Revue – Saturday, December 28, and Sunday, December 29
This holiday season, enjoy the best of Broadway’s hit show tunes! Students in the Conservatory cover musical numbers from major productions as well as a variety of holiday favorites. Presented by students in grades 3-12, the Professional Training Program and the Youth Touring and Dance Company. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for adults.

Capitol Steps – New Year’s Eve – Tuesday, December 31
Putting the “mock” in democracy, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is bringing back the always-popular Capitol Steps. Enjoy a humorous look at some serious issues in an all-new show to ring in the New Year. This show sells out every year! Showtimes are 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $60.

Simply Streisand – Friday, January 3
Join Carla Del Villaggio as she presents the music of the incomparable Barbra Streisand. This amazing artist recreates the excitement and high energy vocals of Streisand’s most powerful numbers — from the hair, trademark nails, to wearing replicas of iconic concert gowns, Carla is Simply Streisand in every way. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Stayin’ Alive – Friday, February 7
Get ready for an evening of disco classics with Stayin’ Alive! Performing all of the hits of the Bee Gees, this incredible evening will include songs such as “To Love Somebody,” “I Got to Get A Message,” “I Started A Joke,” “Jive Talking,” “More Than A Woman,” “Nite Fever,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “Stayin’ Alive” and many more! Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Mercury – Saturday, January 4
This two-hour Vegas-style spectacular celebrates the music of Freddie Mercury, the leading man that made Queen famous. Starring one of the world’s top counter tenors, Terry Barber, prepare to be dazzled with hits such as “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and of course, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Tapestry – Tribute to Carole King – Thursday, February 6
Celebrating the most successful and revered female singer-songwriter in pop music history, Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King faithfully recreates the glorious sound of a Carole King concert. This “beautiful” re-creation of King’s timeless hits will sweep you away with “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Natural Woman,” “It’s Too Late,” “So Far Away,” “I Feel the Earth Move” and more! Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Cornell Gunter’s Coasters – Sunday, February 9
In this breathtaking show, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters transport audiences back in time with the band’s irreplaceable R&B, doo wop and rock ‘n’ roll sound. With beloved hits such as “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown” and “Poison Ivy,” this is one legendary concert you won’t want to miss! Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Forever Tina – Friday, February 14
Enjoy Valentine’s Day with the world’s No. 1 Tina Turner tribute! Featuring international tribute performer Suzette Dorsey as Tina accompanied by a world class band, backup vocalists and dancers, you’ll love hits such as “Higher,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Proud Mary” and “Addicted to Love.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Beach Party Boys – Saturday, February 8
In a fun interactive show, the Beach Party Boys reproduce the authentic look, vocal harmony, and instrumentation of The Beach Boys as they sing songs like “Surfin’ USA,” “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations,” and many more. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Celtic Tenors – Thursday, February 13
Get a world-class performance from the only tenor group with a truly global audience. By pioneering a new style of cool, you’ll swoon to each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs like “Danny Boy” and “Nessun Dorma.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Let’s Hang On! Americas #1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show – Saturday, February 15
Let’s Hang On! captures the tight harmonies, and crisp choreography that made Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons one of the greatest vocal groups of all time.  This show includes all of the Four Seasons’ mega hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like A Man,” plus other blockbuster hits from the ‘60s! Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

An American Salute – A Keyboard Conversations® performance with pianist Jeffrey Siegel – A concert with engaging commentary - Sunday, March 22
Featuring popular American masterpieces by three beloved composers, An American Salute showcases the talents of internationally-acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel. Highlighting excerpts from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, Aaron Copland's humorous Cat and the Mouse and George Gershwin's solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue, this is a lively concert for people who love classical music – and those who would like to! Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30.

BIG CLASSIC MUSICAL: Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16
Set to be announced January 1, 2020!
A beloved feel-good musical that will have audiences singing along! Featuring students in grades 6 and up, including candidates in the Professional Training Program. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for adults.

Shrek The Musical – Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27
Everyone's favorite ogre is back in this hilarious Tony Award®-winning fairy tale adventure! Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation smash hit film, Shrek The Musical is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. Featuring students in grades 6 and up, including candidates in the Professional Training Program. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for adults.

Disney’s Aladdin JR. – Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25
Disney’s Aladdin and the all-powerful genie come to life on stage in this high-flying musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides. Featuring the popular hit songs “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me,” this show is a must-see for all ages! Featuring students in grades 3 – 5. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for adults.

Tickets for the Theatre’s 2019/20 season of special productions and limited engagements are currently on sale. Season subscriptions are also currently on sale. Single play and musical tickets (for The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Chicago, Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) go on sale on Monday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.

To purchase tickets by phone, call the box office at (561) 575-2223. To purchase tickets online, visit www.jupitertheatre.org. For more information on bringing your group to the Theatre, contact community relationships ambassador Cheryl McDermott at (561) 972-6117.

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 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 8,560 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.   

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TIMELESS CLASSIC
WEST SIDE STORY
TO CAPTIVATE
AT THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE

Dynamic trio Marcos Santana, Al Blackstone and Andrew David Sotomayor will lead the Theatre’s production of the Tony Award®-winning musical, long considered one of the greatest love stories of all time


March 18, 2019 (Jupiter) – The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is ending its smash hit 2018/19 season with an iconic American musical that’s impossible not to love: West Side Story. And it’s almost sold out!

A captivating international classic, West Side Story will dazzle audiences March 26 – April 14.

With book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story follows the story of Tony and Maria — two young, idealistic lovers — who find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. They fight to find a place for themselves in a violent world, only to discover that love doesn’t always have a happy ending.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story takes the tale of two star-crossed lovers to new heights. Heart-wrenching and captivating, this beloved hit musical will take audiences on a journey through passionate scenes, romantic ballads and fiery dance numbers. The musical’s classic score boasts American musical theatre classics including “Tonight,” “Something’s Coming,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

West Side Story has long been considered one of the greatest love stories of all time, and we are proud to be bringing this phenomenal musical to life on the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s stage,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director and chief executive. “The musical has been taking the world by storm for decades, and for good reason; its story and music remains more powerful and poignant than ever.” 

Since its critically-acclaimed debut on Broadway in 1957, West Side Story has long influenced the theatre world. The Tony Award®-winning production ran for more than 700 performances, followed by a tour and a subsequent Academy Award-winning film and Grammy-winning cast album. Other hit productions have included a London production, two Broadway revivals and several national tours and international productions. Steven Spielberg is producing and directing a highly-anticipated new film version of the musical, with plans to start filming this summer.

Variety has called West Side Story “a beautifully-mounted, impressive, emotion-ridden and violent musical,” while Common Sense Media called it “a visual masterpiece packed with talent” and the Chicago Sun-Times dubbed it “a landmark of musical history.” The Hollywood Reporter wrote that “it is so good that superlatives are superfluous,” while the Los Angeles Times dubbed it “irresistible!”

Led by powerhouse trio Marcos Santana (director), Al Blackstone (choreographer) and Andrew David Sotomayor (music director), the Theatre’s production will star Evy Ortiz as Maria (who toured the U.S. as Maria in the first national Broadway tour of the Broadway revival of West Side Story and debuted that production in Canada and Japan) and Jim Schubin as Tony (whose previous credits include the national tour of The Sound of Music and the off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks). The cast of 28 triple-threat performers also stars Michelle Alves as Anita (recently seen on Broadway in On Your Feet! and the national tours of West Side Story, On Your Feet! and Motown), Angel Lozada as Bernardo (seen on NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE) and Kelly Methven as Riff (whose credits include the 2017 international tour of West Side Story, the Las Vegas production of Rock of Ages and New York City Center’s Grand Hotel).

West Side Story marks the artistic reunion of Santana, Blackstone and Sotomayor at the Theatre, who together helmed last season’s critically-acclaimed production of Disney Newsies The Musical. Santana also choreographed the Theatre’s hit production of Kiss Me, Kate in 2016. With Broadway credits that include the Tony Award-nominated On Your Feet!, Rocky and Guys and Dolls, Santana’s multi-faceted career as a director, choreographer and performer has spanned decades, both regionally and in New York.

Blackstone is a New York City-based director, choreographer and educator whose work includes Freddie Falls in Love at the Signature Theatre, Happy We’ll Be at Roseland Ballroom, the recent off-Broadway musical The View Upstairs and the television show So You Think You Can Dance. Sotomayor is a renowned music director, music supervisor and composer whose recent music direction credits include the off-Broadway production of Curvy Widow and regional theatre productions of Man of La Mancha, The Will Rogers Follies and Cutman: A Boxing Musical.

“I am so honored to be returning to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and collaborating once again with true artistic innovators Al Blackstone and Andrew David Sotomayor to re-envision this extraordinary and gorgeous piece of classic American musical theatre,” Santana said. “West Side Story is a classic American love story that resonates more than ever with audiences today. I can’t wait for audiences to see what we’ve done with it.”

The production will also feature the work of a vibrant all-star creative team, including several other collaborators on the Theatre’s production of Disney Newsies The Musical. The creative team includes scenic designer Adam Koch (whose designs include the Theatre’s productions of Disney Newsies The Musical and Disney Beauty and the Beast); lighting designer Cory Pattak (whose work includes the Theatre’s productions  of Disney Newsies The Musical, Born Yesterday, Me and My Girl, The Audience and Other Desert Cities); costume designer Jen Caprio (who designed the costumes for the Theatre’s production of Kiss Me, Kate!); hair and wig designer Gerard Kelly (who has designed for Hair on Broadway and on London’s West End); fight director Lee Soroko (whose work at the Theatre includes Disney Newsies The Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and An Inspector Calls); dialect coach Jennifer Burke (whose work at the Theatre has included Disney Newsies The Musical, Steel Magnolias, An Inspector Calls, Me and My Girl, The Audience, Billy Elliot, Fiddler on the Roof and Lost in Yonkers) and the Theatre’s Carbonell Award-winning resident sound designer Marty Mets (currently in his eighth season at the Theatre).

Looking for a spectacular evening out? Let the Theatre entertain you with the magic of live theatre! An exquisite treat for your office staff, family, neighbor, friend or sweetheart, this smash hit is a gorgeous love story you won’t want to miss.

To compliment your evening out, consider one of the Theatre’s many preferred restaurants and hotel packages. Also, share the gift of theatre with a gift certificate, available at the box office.

Patrons may purchase tickets for club level premium seats in the Theatre’s premium space, The Green Room, and enjoy the stylish lounge and amenities throughout the season. Amenities include spacious 23” seats, a lounge with a private bar and restrooms, one free drink of choice with ticket purchase (evening performances only for season shows), panoramic views of the stage and a private entrance and elevator. Groups who purchase all 62 Club Level seats to a performance receive full access to The Green Room Club Level Lounge at no additional charge to host a private event, such as a catered dinner or cocktail party.

West Side Story is sponsored by Suzanne Niedland in Loving Memory of Art and Meg Niedland, The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation and John Osher; single tickets start at $60. For tickets and showtimes, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org. For more information on bringing your group to the Theatre, contact community relationships ambassador Cheryl McDermott at (561) 972-6117.

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 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 8,560 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.   

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MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
SEEKS MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PRODUCE
SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO AND JULIET

A free ‘summer intensive’ mentorship program offers one-on-one guidance to produce show on the Theatre’s professional stage


February 22, 2019 (Jupiter) – The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is offering local students the chance to produce a historic Shakespearian classic.

Under the guidance of industry professionals at Florida’s largest award-winning professional regional theatre, the Theatre is inviting students in grades 6 through 12 to apply to be part of a free summer mentorship program to produce the William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The show will take place on the Theatre’s stage on Saturday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m.

In one of the greatest love stories ever told, the city of Verona is divided by an historic bitter feud where two star-crossed lovers meet. Romeo and Juliet’s tragic end brings light to the necessity of peace.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, the plot is based on the Italian tale The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed from both but expanded the plot by developing a number of supporting characters; he first published his story as a quarto version in 1597. It has been adapted numerous times for stage, film, musical, and opera venues in the years since its inception.

“William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a beloved classic that tackles issues of love, fate and chance and the tragedy of learned hatred and the inability to forgive,” said Julie Rowe, director of education for the Theatre. “Though the play was written centuries ago, its language and lessons are powerful and timeless. I know it will be a life-changing experience for our students to produce.”

Known as the Youth Artists’ Chair, the project aligns middle and 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 have produced the dramas To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank, Rhinoceros, The Glass Menagerie, The Crucible, Hamlet, The Laramie Project and The Good Times are Killing Me since 2011.

Romeo and Juliet is one of the most iconic plays ever written, and I’m looking forward to seeing how our students interpret it,” Rowe said. “The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s annual Youth Artists’ Chair mentorship program has become a place where middle and high school students can spend their summer working on a dynamic, significant project with their peers.”

Applicants for the project will be interviewed and chosen by a committee. Winning students will then take on specific roles throughout the summer months that include producer, director, set designer, costume designer, lighting designer, sound designer, properties designer, stage manager, assistant stage manager, marketing, dramaturg and run crew. The students will then lead three weeks of rehearsals before mounting the show on stage.

The deadline to apply for the project is March 8, with interviews that will take place through March 15. Please note: this production explores mature themes. Submission packets are available by visiting www.jupitertheatre.org/youth-artists-chair-program.

Those chosen for the role of director and producer will also assist in casting the show’s young performers. With casting open for local students in grades 6 through 12, open auditions and callbacks for the show will be held April 28. Students interested in auditioning for Romeo and Juliet should come prepared with a one-minute monologue in the style of the show; pre-registration is required. For additional audition information and an audition appointment, call (561) 743-2666, ext. 123.

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 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 8,560 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.   

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