MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
INVITES KIDS TO TAKE
'FIRST STEP TO STARDOM'

March 18, 2010 (Jupiter) - Youngsters can take their First Step to Stardom as the Maltz Jupiter Theatre hosts open auditions for two shows in its 2010/2011 season, Where Art Comes to Life.

The theatre will audition youngsters May 1 for its productions of Academy and The Sound of Music. Boys and girls ages 4-18 are invited to audition for the shows.

"This is so exciting," said Andrew Kato, artistic director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. "We know there is the potential for some great talent to be discovered right here in our own community."

First Step to Stardom, sponsored by WPEC-Channel 12 and PBG Lifestyle magazine, is the perfect opportunity for children to learn the nuances of auditioning and stage presence, Kato said.

And what if kids never have performed professionally? That's no problem. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Conservatory of Performing Arts' team of Broadway-caliber instructors will set them at ease with two Saturday audition workshops, scheduled for 3-4 p.m. April 17 and April 24 at the theatre. Attendance is optional, but recommended.

First Step to Stardom takes place from noon-8 p.m. Saturday, May 1. Children will be given a two-hour time frame in which to be at the theatre. Children who have headshots are encouraged to bring them; otherwise, Maltz Jupiter Theatre staff will be on hand to take pictures.

Here is a look at the shows for which children will audition:

Academy

At St. Edward's Academy, two seniors make a harmless bet on whether they can influence an unsuspecting freshman to break a few rules to succeed. But when the transaction goes recklessly out

of control, the boys become entangled in a fight for their own academic and personal survival. Inspired by Goethe's Faust, Academy is a pop chamber musical about boys learning to become men - and remaining true to themselves. PG-Rated

The Sound of Music

Seven rambunctious children and the most irreverent nun ever to kick a habit, welcome your family into theirs with The Sound of Music. The final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein follows the von Trapp family as they leave Austria to escape Nazi persecution. Featuring such musical favorites as My Favorite Things, Do, Re, Mi, Edelweiss, Climb Ev'ry Mountain and Sixteen Going on Seventeen, this heartwarming story is great for the entire family! G-Rated

Scripts will be available at auditions.

For additional audition information and registration forms, log on to www.jupitertheatre.org and click on the First Step to Stardom logo.

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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