BROADWAY VETERAN, JO PATRICK, TO DIRECT AND CHOREOGRAPH
WEST SIDE STORY

Wednesday, June 3 2009 (Jupiter, FL) - The Maltz Jupiter Theatre's Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) is accepting registrations for a few more days for the Summer at the Conservatory program featuring two student productions on the professional Theatre stage and three separate sessions.

The first Summer Session, June 8 - 26, 2009 from 9:30am - 5pm, will allow students ages 13 - 20 to rehearse daily, learning various levels of performing arts.  The session will end with the production of West Side Story on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27 at 7:30pm.

Director and choreographer for West Side Story, Jo Patrick, is a Broadway veteran and was cast in the Theatre's recent production of Evita. He was a principal dancer for the internationally renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for 15 years and was a featured dancer in the first national tour of Fosse. Patrick most recently finished a successful run of A New Day starring Celine Dion at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and after West Side Story, he will perform in CATS.

Having starred as Tony in his 7th grade production of West Side Story, Patrick loves the show and grew up surrounded by the story.  He will incorporate a few non-traditional transitions within the show and challenge the students by keeping some of the more difficult pieces.

"Some people expect me to cut the more difficult dance parts throughout the show since this is a student production but I intend to challenge the students to do all of the dance pieces and really exert themselves for the entire show," says Jo Patrick.

As a not-for-profit theatre the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, recognizing the importance of arts education for youth, has made its mission to "entertain, educate and inspire."  COPA offers a challenging, innovative and quality theatre experience to students of every ability and provides professional theatre training as well as tools to develop their imagination and self-esteem. COPA  students take classes in dance, voice, acting and musical theatre and workshops that feature local and national talent.

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is an award-winning 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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