Carb Clips, Maltz Garb, Fundraising, Sharp Blades, Waldon Honored, Students Rewarded

Links to videos and photos from 36th Annual Carbonell Awards

The sights and sounds of the Carbonells, known to the industry as theater prom, are available at these links.!i=1777150674&k=JhvMQdt

Thanks to Tony Schreiber, George Schiavone and WPBT’s uVu.

Put On Your Sunday Clothes

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, known for its lush production values, is opening a two-week retrospective of costumes from its ten-year-history and upcoming shows at a free exhibit at the Grand Court of Gardens Mall from April 16-29.

The project mounted in cooperation with the Mall and Costumes World  features original costumes from more than 35 shows including The Sound of Music, Evita, La Cage Aux Folles, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Crazy for You. It also includes a sneak peek at 10 costumes for the upcoming season, which includes Amadeus, The Music Man, Singin’ in the Rain, Doubt and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Gardens Mall is located at in Palm Beach Gardens, one mile east of I-95 on PGA Boulevard.

Raise The Roof and Funds As Well

It’s spring time and a raft of fund-raising galas are underway. In this time of desperate need for funding outside of subscriptions and single tickets, this provides arts-minded citizens a way to support theater while drinking champagne.

GableStage, Joe Adler’s home for thought-provoking work in Coral Gables, will throw in scenes from Shakespeare and live Celtic music from The Three Jacks at its gala slated for 7 p.m. April 28 at the home of David Coulson and Jeannie Etter in Coral Gables. Tickets are $150 per person.

The gala also marks the creation of Shakespeare & Friends, a special designation to recognize contributors who donate $1,000 or more (which includes two tickets to the fundraiser)  to support GableStage’s expanded production of  Shakespearean works for the mainstage, community outreach  and educational programs.  GableStage has been given seed money to start an annual Winter Shakespeare Festival that would team with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Miami native Tarrell Alvin McCraney, and involve building a temporary outdoor amphitheater in Miami-Dade County.

For more information, call (305) 445-1119  or visit

Another fundraiser in Coral Gables, this one for Actors Playhouse, is slated for 6 to 11 p.m. April 14 in the theater at 280 Miracle Mile.

The  21st Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction, co-presented by Lexus of Kendall, features food from 30 restaurants and an open bar. But the drawing card is a live auction on $300,000 worth of items including worldwide travel, a one-year lease for a 2012 Lexus RX 350, signed sports memorabilia, internationally renowned art, luxury cruise packages, jewelry, exclusive celebrity wine dinners at popular South Florida restaurants, golf packages, home decor, spa visits, objets d’art, couture clothing, and membership gift certificates to South Florida’s leading retailers and restaurants.

Supporters can visit the Actors’ Playhouse website to preview some of the items available:

Reservations for this black-tie-optional event are $150 per person may be made by calling (305) 444-9293.

The Sharpest Knife in the Drawer

Rena Blades, CEO of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, has been chosen by Executive Women of the Palm Beaches to receive its 2012 Women In Leadership Award for the public sector.

“The Award honors women whose talents and qualities have an impact in their business and charitable activities,” a news release stated. “They may be unsung heroes who give extraordinary effort to worthy causes, entrepreneurs who translate their enthusiasm and concepts into successful businesses, or public servants who understand the meaning of service and deliver it with pride and excellence.”

Blades will be recognized at the annual Women In Leadership Awards Luncheon on May 3 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

Blades has been CEO of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council since 2004. She has overseen its growth, secured new grants and funding for arts education, strengthened cultural organizations throughout the county, expanded services to artists and spearheaded the Council’s move to new headquarters in Lake Worth, the release stated.

She has served as a board member and treasurer of the Florida Cultural Alliance, a member of the Palm Beach County Six Pillars Community Plan committee, a member of Palm Beach County’s Overall Economic Development Program Committee (2006-10), the West Palm Beach Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee (2006-09) and the Capital Campaign Committee for the Center for Creative Education;  a grant panelist for the Bank of America Neighborhoods for Excellence program (2007), chair of the Palm Beach County Economic Summit Quality of Place Committee (2005), co-chair of the Resource Development Committee of Palm Beach County School District’s Arts in Education Comprehensive Plan (2005-06) and a volunteer at St. Mark’s Episcopal School, 2005-2011.

For more information and tickets to the function, call (561) 684-9117, email or visit

Theater to be Named For Bhetty Waldron

The  theatre in Bob Carter’s Actor’s Workshop & Repertory Co. in West Palm Beach will be named in honor of the late Florida performer Bhetty Waldron at dedication events April 14 and 15.

The  actress, teacher and playwright died in 2004 at age 63. She grew up in Palm Beach County, left for training and later screen roles, but she returned to help “many people of all ages to get established in the performing arts and touched many hearts on stage,” Carter said.  “She had founded and run the Quest Theatre, and now we have one with her name on it.”

At 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, the dedication will begin with the Rep’s Youth Academy and Youth Actors Guild performing songs, scenes and monologues. At 3 p.m. multicultural scenes and monologues will be presented first in English, then Creole and Spanish.  Following the performances, Waldron’s sister, singer/actress Avery Sommers, and Carter will conduct a talk back about Waldron’s life and contributions. At 8 p.m., Sommers will perform her one-woman show.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, the theater will be formally dedicated in a service led by pastor Tony Siders, with music by Palm Beach Super Choir and several testimonials from friends and colleagues.  Photos of Waldron’s career will be displayed, courtesy of photographer Bevins Bennett.

The Actor’s Workshop & Repertory Company, Inc.,  is located at 1009 North Dixie Highway. Admission is free, although a “love offering” will be taken.

Waldron was a highly successful actress, with TV roles in Sanford and Son, All in the Family, CSI: Miami, Miami Vice, B.L. Stryker, several films, and many plays. She started the Quest Theatre in West Palm Beach, which ran for nine years. She offered acting training there and also taught the performing arts in the U. B. Kinsey Elementary School.

For more information, call Sommers, (917) 701-0228 or Carter (561) 301-2588.

Theater Students Honored

Six students have received awards from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Conservatory of Performing Arts recognizing “merit-based acknowledgements of hard work, positive attitudes and willingness to go the extra mile,” a news release announced.

The recipients are:

–Patrick Condon, 17, earned the Mary Ellen and Dermot Healey Award for Leadership, given to a student who has inspired and motivated their fellow classmates, both in the studio and on stage. He has been a Conservatory student since 2006, has performed in eight productions, the theater’s professional production of The Sound of Music and performs with the theater’s Youth Touring Company. He is a senior at Jupiter High School.
–Skye Friedman, 10, earned the Jodi Ann Saltzman Memorial Award for Most Spirited, given to the individual always willing to give of themselves to the moment. Skye has been a Conservatory student since 2007 and has performed in six productions and in the theater’s professional production of The Sound of Music. She is homeschooled and in 4th grade.
–Gabriela Abadia, 14, earned the Dr. Bernard and Phyllis Eisenstein Cultural Award, given to a student who is aware of the impact that their rich cultural heritage has had on the arts. This student shares that heritage with fellow students and the greater community and celebrates cultural differences. Gabriella has been a Conservatory student since 2010 and has performed in four productions. She is a freshman at Suncoast High School.
–Jessica Woodard, 17, earned the O’Hagan Family Award given to a student who has shown marked improvement in acting, voice, or dance. Jessica has been a Conservatory student since 2009, has performed in seven productions and performs with the theater’s Youth Touring Company. She is homeschooled and in 11th grade.
— Lauren O’Keefe, 15, earned the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Guild Award, given to a student who has shown commitment, determination and marked improvement in acting, dance, or voice. It is given to a student who best exemplifies the hard work needed to develop their talent. Lauren has been a Conservatory student since 2010, has performed in three productions and performs with the theater’s Youth Touring Company. She is a freshman at G-Star School of the Arts.
–Emily Gough, 12, earned the Rick and Peggy Katz Award for Outstanding Achievement, given to the student who has shown marked progress in all three disciplines – acting, dance, and voice. Emily has been a Conservatory student since 2010, has performed in three productions, the theater’s professional production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and performs with the theater’s Youth Touring Company. She is in 7th grade at Bak Middle School of the Arts.
— Cristina Caperna, 18, earned the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Choice Award, presented to the student who has made outstanding contributions to advance the theater. Cristina has been a Conservatory student since 2010, has performed in five productions and performs with the theater’s Youth Touring Company. She is homeschooled and in 12th grade. She recently won a scholarship from the Carbonell Awards.

In related news, the Conservatory has been named for Jupiter residents Paul and Sandra Goldner who recently donated $1 million toward the program. Since 2007, the Conservatory has served hundreds of students in after-school, weekend and summer programs.

Paul Goldner founded and ran Database America, a leading supplier of consumer and business information and a pioneer in online marketing databases. Sandra  Goldner worked in marketing for the pharmaceutical industry.  They have been deeply involved in supporting arts organizations and cause dedicated to the welfare of children such as Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options.

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