MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE ANNOUNCES FINAL SELECTION IN
THE EMERGING ARTIST SERIES!

March 26, 2009 (Jupiter, FL) - As a part of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's Emerging Artist Series in Musical Theater Playwriting, a reading of the musical Dani Girl, will be performed Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30pm on the Theatre's stage. This reading was written by Michael Kooman with Book and Lyrics by Christopher Dimond.

The Theatre's Emerging Artist Series in Musical Theater Playwriting is made possible through a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

This musical was selected among 48 nationwide submissions. A panel of five theatre professionals unanimously chose Dani Girl for the final reading of the season. The Emerging Artist Committee members include Rachel Blavatnik, Associate Producer of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Hap Erstein, Theatre Critic for the Stuart News, Rodger Hess, Broadway Producer, Andrew Kato, Artistic Director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Tom Sommerville, the former Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training.

The story is of a girl, Dani, the precocious nine year-old that finds herself face to face with a life-threatening disease. Together with her teddy bear, imaginary guardian angel, and socially awkward hospital roommate, Dani embarks on a magical quest to reclaim her health. As she traverses the realms of fantasy and reality, Dani discovers what it means to really live. Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, Dani Girl is a tale of life in the face of death, hope in the face of despair, and the indomitable power of the human imagination.

Dani Girl has been through workshops at the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater workshop and CAP-21. The reading was also recently awarded the KC/ACTF Musical Theatre Award. Writers, Kooman and Dimond met while students at Carnegie Mellon University and are proud members of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP.

For more information about the reading and the Emerging Artist Series in Musical Theater Playwriting, please call (561) 575-2223 or visit online at www.jupitertheatre.org. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is a professional not-for-profit regional theatre dedicated to the performing arts whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire our community. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and is located east of U.S. Highway 1 at 1001 East Indiantown Road and State Road A1A in Jupiter.

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