MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
SEEKS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PRODUCE
Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie

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

March 13, 2015 (Jupiter) – The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is offering local high school students the chance to produce a powerful classic American 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 Tennessee Williams’ critically-acclaimed 1944 memory play The Glass Menagerie. The show will take place on the Theatre’s stage on Saturday, August 15.

Winner of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play, this beautiful family drama tells the story of the domineering matriarch Amanda Wingfield and her two children – fragile Laura and restless dreamer Tom – as well as a long hoped-for gentleman caller. A striking play filtered through Tom’s memory, The Glass Menagerie examines family relationships, the pursuit of dreams and obligations to one another.

“Our students will be producing a touching, poignant adaptation of one of Tennessee Williams’ most powerful and important plays,” said Julie Rowe, director of education for the Theatre. “The Glass Menagerie is a central work of one of America's most highly regarded playwrights, and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s mentorship program has become a place where students can spend their summer working on a relevant, important project with their peers.”

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. Through the project, students have produced the dramas The Crucible, Hamlet, The Laramie Project and The Good Times are Killing Me since 2011.

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.

“The Theatre’s annual Youth Artists’ Chair project is an integral part of our community outreach and mission statement, which is to entertain, educate and inspire our community,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director. “We feel fortunate to have this opportunity to mentor the next generation of the theatre industry’s leaders, and we are excited to be showcasing such a poetic, influential drama on our stage.”

The deadline to apply for the project is April 6, with interviews that will take place through April 11. Submission packets are available by visiting www.jupitertheatre.org/youth-artists-chair.

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 9-12, open auditions and callbacks for the show will be held Sunday, April 19. Students interested in auditioning for The Glass Menagerie should come prepared with a one-minute monologue in the style of the author; pre-registration highly recommended. For additional audition information, call (561) 575-2672.


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 nearly 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 7,626 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. 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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Youth Artists’ Chair presents The Glass Menagerie – Saturday, August 15
No play in the modern theatre world has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. This beautiful family drama tells the story of the domineering matriarch Amanda Wingfield and her two children, fragile Laura and restless dreamer Tom, as well as a long hoped-for gentleman caller. A striking play filtered through Tom’s memory, The Glass Menagerie examines family relationships, the pursuit of dreams and obligations to one another.Presented by local high school students as part of the Theatre’s Youth Artists’ Chair program. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults $25, Students $20. Phone: (561) 575-2223. Visit www.jupitertheatre.org.