HEARTWARMING FAMILY MUSICAL
DR. DOLITTLE JR. TO SHINE
AT THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE

Students from the Theatre’s Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts
will perform the hit musical onstage at the Theatre

April 11, 2015 – The buoyantly blissful musical Dr. Dolittle Jr. is just two weeks away from its debut as the most uplifting, high energy show ever to be performed by students at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts!

With performances April 25 and 26 on the Theatre’s stage, Dr. Dolittle Jr. features 33 local children in grades 3 – 5 who have been preparing for the production since August. Directed by Conservatory instructor Lea Roy, Dr. Dolittle Jr. features choreography by Broadway veteran Brian Andrews, guidance from vocal coach Kim Cozort Kay and music direction by John Mercurio.

With book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, Dr. Dolittle Jr. is based on the popular stories by Hugh Lofting and the Twentieth Century Fox film. The musical tells the classic tale of a wacky but kind doctor who can talk to animals, taking audiences on a journey from a small English village to the far corners of the world. Join the fun as Dr. Dolittle trots, crawls and flies to the far corners of the world in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail – the oldest and wisest of all creatures on earth.

Dr. Dolittle Jr. is whimsical, fantastical family fun that will lead audiences to spectacular places with amazing animals,” said Julie Rowe, the Theatre’s director of education. “It’s hilarious, heartwarming and will leave theatregoers wanting to make the world a better place.”

Because the majority of the characters are animals, the student performers were given the task of creating their own “animal” language and sounds for each of their characters, including a seal, duck, fox, hedgehog, dog and even a two-headed llama. The students also conducted historical research, learning what it meant to live in a working-class town in turn-of-the-century England.

The musical features design elements from a host of industry professionals, including scenic design by the Theatre’s production manager Johanna Cohan, sound design by the Theatre’s resident sound designer Marty Mets, lighting design by Ardean Landuis, props design by Susan Emley and costume design by Jenna Hoefert.

Brimming with splashy songs, Dr. Dolittle Jr. will feature performances by a full professional orchestra.

“The music is very high-energy and fun, but it’s also empowering. Dr. Dolittle Jr.’s message focuses on the power of voices coming together to change the world,” Rowe said. “Bring the whole family to enjoy this magical journey on the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s stage!”

Showtimes for the Conservatory’s upcoming production of Dr. Dolittle Jr. are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for children. For tickets, call the Theatre’s box office at (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org.

About the Conservatory

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts is a premiere professional Conservatory that offers a challenging, innovative and quality theatre experience to students of all ages and abilities. In addition to a full schedule of classes, the Conservatory's hands-on workshops and master classes offer students an opportunity to learn first-hand from nationally known directors and Broadway performers, agents and local instructors.

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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