We chose the name Entr’acte Theatrix because the “entr’acte” is the music that begins the second act. We consider ourselves a building block or stepping stone between educational theatre and The Palm Beach Principal Players, our non-profit, community theater level company, which I started 11 years ago while my son was still in High School. I came to realize, back then, that a small percentage of high school and college students in theatre programs actually ever got “stage time.” The Principal Players was started to give performance opportunities to budding thespians and provide them the opportunity to work with directors, choreographers and actors outside of their school environment, usually for the first time.
Now, these teens have moved into adulthood and are pursuing professional resume-building opportunities in our community. Entr’acte Theatrix was formed to do just that. Our company members, or as we call them “emerging artists”, are now ready to take that next step, but unfortunately there are limited opportunities in South Florida that suit the needs of their particular demographic.
Entr’acte, therefore, is a semi-professional company which affords these young actors the opportunity to work with seasoned professional directors, choreographers and musical directors who support them in the beginning of their professional careers; while building a solid base of work on their resumes, the contacts and networking opportunities our productions offer them. In addition, this is the first time they are actually compensated for their work as actors.
While we attempt edgier, more modern titles or put a hip, new spin on classics; our choice of projects provides appropriate roles for younger professional actors. This corps of “emerging professional talent” will be the focus of the work Entr’acte does. Our goal is to bring musical theater in our area to a younger audience who will, in turn, become the base of theatre support for our community in years to come.