Local theater lovers can now get a preview of the future of Maltz Jupiter Theatre—which in a few seasons should offer a larger stage and a conservatory double its current size—simply by entering the lobby.
First approved by Jupiter’s Town Council last October, the regional theater’s dramatic expansion plans are expected to cost between $25 million and $30 million. After spending the past year in its quiet phase of fundraising, Maltz Jupiter Theatre announced the public launch of its “Believe” campaign for the big upgrade this week.
The theater hopes to use these next two seasons to meet its fundraising goal before breaking ground in 2018. Construction will be executed in phases, with an estimated completion date of November 2019.
“With attendance at an all-time high, our success has confirmed a positive trend at our Theatre: the need to grow. Now, we need the public’s help to make our dream of expansion a reality,” Andrew Kato, producing artistic director and chief executive of Maltz, said in a statement.
As part of its expansion, Maltz plans to double the size of the Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts educational facility for its students without compromising the intimacy of the 617-seat theater.
“The intimacy has worked for us,” Kato told Jupiter Magazine last fall. “It is one of the elements that make our theater so attractive.”
This transformation will include adding a third-floor rehearsal studio with a view, from which locals can see the actors rehearsing, and a second performance space to try out new material. The theater’s main performance stage will also be enlarged—growing ten feet deeper and six feet wider on either side—to qualify for pre-Broadway and national theater tours.
Models and videos showcasing the future of Maltz Theatre are now on view in the lobby and will remain on display throughout the 2016-2017 season.
“This isn’t an end point; it’s just the beginning of a very, very exciting future for the Theatre,” John Couris, board chairman and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center, said in a statement.
Take a look at some of the renderings below: