Maltz Jupiter Theatre Announces Spring Classes

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The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts has announced spring classes taught by Broadway-caliber theater professionals beginning Jan. 7 (17 weeks).

In addition to producing full-scale professional family shows throughout the season, the Theatre's Conservatory offers year-round learning opportunities for kids and adults of all ages, including a spring semester filled with musical theatre, acting and dance classes. Registration is now open for all classes.

"The Conservatory provides high-quality arts education in a positive, safe and supportive environment," said Julie Rowe, the Conservatory's director of education. "Through our classes, students gain self-confidence, leadership and team-building skills."

The connection to the Theatre allows students the opportunity to perform on the Theatre's stage and work alongside professionals both onstage and off, with hands-on workshops and master classes taught by renowned performers and choreographers.

Upcoming opportunities include a master class with international tap instructor Debbi Dee, a well-known teacher and choreographer who has taught all over the world (Jan. 19).

The Conservatory offers a range of ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop dance classes, as well as courses in acting, improv and audition techniques. Students in the Conservatory's signature Musical Theatre Production class will perform in Oklahoma on the Maltz Jupiter Theatre stage May 17 – 18.

And children and teens aren't the only ones having fun at the Conservatory. Adults of all ages also participate year-round in the Conservatory's acting, tap dancing and singing classes. Classes are offered in the evening throughout the year to accommodate adults with busy schedules, in addition to a full range of daytime seasonal classes offered in the spring. Adult classes range from song and dance to tap and musical theater singing, as well as a book writing class and play reading club.

In "The Acting Essentials: Process and Practice," Conservatory instructor and veteran actor Kenneth Kay focuses his class for adult actors on tools for success, such as learning a professional approach to auditions, scripted material, marketing oneself and developing a business/employment plan.

"A career as an actor can be fun, rewarding and lucrative, but it is also not for the faint of heart. It requires focus, attention to detail and a strong work ethic," Kay said. "In this practical, 'on your feet' program, actors – regardless of experience – will find out how to embark on a career or jump-start a stalled one."

The Conservatory's instructors include longtime actors Kim Cozort, Jay Johnson (who can currently be seen onstage in The Music Man) and Kristine Tempel, as well as Brian Andrews and Anna McNeely (onstage now in The Music Man), both Broadway veterans who first worked together as cast members of the original Broadway musical Cats. Other instructors include professional dancer Viky Andreatta Smith, Julliard School graduate Sarah-Helen Land and playwright Lea Roy.

The Conservatory has two upcoming vacation camps for children: a three-day, Peter Pan-themed New Year Never Never Land Camp (Jan. 2 – Jan. 4) and a five-day, Super Secret Agent Spy Camp for spring break (March 25 – March 29) and a Holiday Day Camp (April 1).

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts 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.

Spring classes begin Jan. 7, and registration is now open. Classes range from $15 an hour to $180 and up for the semester. For information, call (561) 575-2672 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org.

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