MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE

SEEKS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PRODUCE

HAMLET

A free ‘summer intensive’ mentorship program offers one-on-one guidance

to produce the Shakespearian classic

April 2, 2013 (Jupiter) – The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is offering local high school students the chance to produce a thrilling Shakespearian drama.

Under the guidance of industry professionals at Florida’s largest award-winning professional regional theatre, the Theatre is inviting high school students to apply to be part of a free summer mentorship program to produce William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The show will take place Saturday, August 24, and will be centrally staged “in the round” at Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.

One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Hamlet follows Prince Hamlet of Denmark as he struggles with the death of his father and a ghostly visit, then sets out on a quest for truth, justice and ultimately revenge. Hamlet’s journey reminds us all “to thine own self be true.”

“Our students will be producing a dynamic, high-energy adaptation of one of the most powerful and important dramas in the English language, as adapted by T. Scott Wooten, award-winning Florida playwright and director,” said Julie Rowe, director of education for the Theatre.

Known as the Youth Artists’ Chair, the project aligns high school students with individual Theatre staff members for one-on-one mentoring and guidance during the creation process of the show.

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, press relations, development, carpentry, run crew, wardrobe and electrics. The students will then lead three weeks of rehearsals before mounting the show on stage.

“This project is an integral part of our Theatre’s community outreach and mission statement, which is to entertain, educate and inspire our community,” said the Theatre’s producing artistic director, Andrew Kato. “We feel energized and fortunate to have this opportunity to mentor the next generation of theatre’s leaders, and we are excited to be showcasing a new adaptation of Hamlet by T. Scott Wooten.”

The deadline to apply for the project is April 15, with interviews that will take place through April 19. Submission packets are available by visiting www.jupitertheatre.org/yac.

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 ages 13-18, open auditions for the show will be held Saturday, April 27, during the Theatre’s annual First Step to Stardom audition day at Jupiter Community Center (a day which also includes opportunities to audition for three other shows: Annie, The King and I and Through The Looking Glass).

Students interested in auditioning for Hamlet should check in by 4 p.m. and come prepared with one of Shakespeare’s sonnets; pre-registration highly recommended. Note that the show contains adult subject matter. For additional audition information, visit 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 over 70,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 7,530 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Paul and Sandra 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 in 2012. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.orgor call the box office at (561) 575-2223.  

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