FIRST STEP TO STARDOM
AUDITIONS SEEK STUDENTS FOR
THREE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

Opportunities include roles in the Theatre’s professional productions of
The Audience, The Producers and Gypsy


February 23, 2016 (Jupiter) – The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is seeking young performers for its upcoming season productions of The Audience, The Producers and Gypsy!

Youth casting for the Theatre’s professional productions of the new Broadway drama and two beloved musicals will take place at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s seventh annual First Step to Stardom audition day on Saturday, April 9, with roles for dozens of students (ages 7-24).

“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for kids to work with theatre professionals and to be a part of the audition process,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director and chief executive. “We are delighted to be inviting local families to our theatre to take part in three of our shows during the 2016/17 season, and we are particularly excited to be seeking young performers for one of the most celebrated classic musicals of our time: Gypsy.”

The Theatre’s First Step to Stardom audition day will take place at the Theatre starting at 10 a.m. on April 9. Participants will learn a dance routine, receive acting tips and learn to sing as an ensemble. Students are asked to wear dance clothing (no sandals or open-toe shoes).

The event comes at the heels of the success of the Theatre’s large-scale “First Step to Stardom” events during the past six seasons, which drew hundreds of children to the Theatre for auditions. Dozens of children who auditioned last year performed in Billy Elliot The Musical, The Will Rogers Follies and more.

“This is a wonderful way to expose local children to professional theatre, and we’re so happy that students have the opportunity to be cast in three of the Theatre’s upcoming productions next season,” said Jennifer Sardone-Shiner, the Theatre’s director of marketing.

To help students prepare, Gypsy audition prep classes will be offered on the following five dates: Friday, March 4; Friday, March 11; Friday, March 18; and Friday, April 1, and Friday, April 8. All will take place from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Theatre’s Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts. Cost is $27 per session, and participants are asked to wear dance clothing (no sandals or open-toe shoes).

Gypsy audition prep classes will teach students the dance combinations that will be used at the audition itself, as well as the audition’s 16-bar cut of music. Students can take one class or all that are offered. Students who participate in a Gypsy audition prep class will have scheduled auditions at 10 a.m. on April 9 and will be considered for all productions that fit their age range.

Free 30-minute audition workshops will also be offered that will give students and parents an overview of what to expect at the audition day. Those workshops will take place on the following dates: Sunday, March 13, and Sunday, March 20. Both will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Conservatory. Parents will attend a question-and-answer session in the acting studio while students learn music in the voice studio and a dance combination in the dance studio. Students are asked to wear dance clothing (no sandals or open-toe shoes).

Both the audition prep classes and the free workshops are completely optional. All students who audition on April 9 will be considered for all productions that fit their age range.

To register for the Theatre’s annual First Step to Stardom audition day, visit www.jupitertheatre.org/fsts. To register for the audition prep classes or free workshops, please call (561) 575-2672.

Here is more about the shows students will be auditioning for:

The Audience
October 23 – November 6

For more than sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has held private weekly meetings with each Prime Minister, from Churchill to Cameron. In these intimate and sometimes explosive conversations, we see glimpses of the woman who wears the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. Go behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II for the audience in Peter Morgan’s riveting new play that swept Broadway last season. Sponsored by the John McDonald Company. [The Theatre is looking for girls between the ages of 11 and 14 to play young Elizabeth as well as teenagers and young adults to be “supplemental extras.”]

The Producers
January 10 – 29

When Mel Brooks' humor meets the magic of Broadway, you know you're in for an outrageously funny adventure! Meet a down-on-his-luck producer and his accountant who decide to take a chance on Broadway with a brand-new show. Together they scheme to produce a flop in order to keep the backers’ money and become rich. Winner of 12 Tony Awards®, this musical phenomenon explodes with witty antics and over-the-top shenanigans that will keep you laughing from beginning to end. Start off the New Year with this hilarious musical comedy! Sponsored by Jane Napier and William W. Napier. [The Theatre is looking for teens and young adults to play roles in the show’s ensemble.]

Gypsy
March 21 – April 9

Let us entertain you with one of America’s most beloved classic musicals. Inspired by the memoirs of the legendary burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, this story follows the dreams and efforts of a powerhouse stage mother to get her two daughters into show business. This Broadway smash features such unforgettable songs by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim as "Together, Wherever We Go,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Rose’s Turn” and “You Gotta Get a Gimmick.” Everything's coming up roses in this Tony Award®-winning hit musical! Sponsored by Marianne Glick and Michael Woods and Suzanne Niedland in loving memory of Art and Meg Niedland. [The Theatre is looking for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14 to play Baby June, Baby Louise and other ensemble children, as well as teenagers and young adults to play roles in the show’s ensemble.]

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 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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