A $1.5 million donation by Maltz Jupiter Theatre founding board member Roe Green has kickstarted the non-profit theater’s efforts to complete a much-needed renovation and expansion project.
A total of $2.5 million is needed by March 28 to begin construction. So far $300,000 of the remaining $1 million has been raised, Maltz Jupiter Theatre Producing Artistic Director Andrew Kato said.
Work would begin late next month and finish by early October.
“We are 60 percent closer to our goal of beginning construction to improve our facilities,” Kato said. “With attendance at 97 percent capacity last season, our success has finally caught up to us and confirmed a positive trend at our theater — the need to grow.”
Renovations include the addition of 62 new seats on the theater’s second floor to create an upstairs club-level lounge, expanded lobby space and restrooms.
The second-floor renovation will include a private entrance, glass elevator, expanded lobby, bar and restrooms. Additional executive offices also will be added to the second floor.
The theater also plans to expand and upgrade the downstairs lobby, increase restroom capacity and add a stand-alone family restroom.
“It’s an amazing amount that’s going to be accomplished,” Kato said.
Green, a Jupiter resident and arts patron who is chief executive officer of the Ohio-based Roe Green Foundation, is happy to contribute to the theater’s expansion efforts.
“I want to give back to this community,” she said. “For me, the arts are what make us human. This is the area that gets cut the most, and I feel needs the money the most. We need imagination. We need to be able to foster it. The theater is doing so well, and they needed this immediate expansion. These 62 seats will give it to them. It’s a win-win situation.”
The theater, in the midst of its 10th anniversary season, draws more than 70,000 people annually and serves a subscription base of more than 7,500.
Upcoming productions include “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (March 5-24) and “The Second City: Laughing Matters” (March 10), and a performance by singer/songwriter Roger McGuinn (March 11).
For information, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call (561) 575-2223.