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We chose the name Entr’acte Theatrix because it is the music that begins the second act. We consider ourselves a building block, or stepping stone, between The Palm Beach Principal Players, which is 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 that a small percentage of high school and college students in theater programs actually ever got “stage time.” The Principal Players was begun to give performance opportunities to budding thespians, and to provide them with 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 the next step, but with limited opportunities in South Florida to suit their particular demographic. Entr’acte is a semi-professional company, which affords these young actors the opportunity to work with seasoned professional directors, choreographers, and musical directors, and supports them in beginning their professional careers with a solid base of work on their resumes, as well as the network and contacts our productions will offer them. In addition, this is the first time that they are actually compensated for their work as actors.
Our choice of projects provide appropriate roles for the younger professional actor, and we attempt edgier works, and put a hip, new spin on the classics. This corps of “emerging professional talent” will be the focus of the work the Entr’acte does. Our hope, and our goal, is to bring musical theater, in our area, to a younger audience who will become the base of theater support in our community in the coming years.
A philanthropic organization established in 1983. The primary goal of the Foundation has always been to improve the lives and education of children, especially at risk and under-privileged youth. We avidly support a variety of organizations who are committed to making a positive impact on their communities.
Raised in a military family, Vicki Halmos grew up with a sense of service. Her call to community service began when she met her husband, Peter Halmos, who volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County. Since then, her primary focus has been to improve the lives of children and families -often through the arts- by working with a variety of organizations to further this mission.
Vicki’s passion for musical theater led to the creation of the not-for-profit theater company, The Palm Beach Principal Players in 1999. The initial goal of the company was to provide a stimulating extra-curricular environment for local youth and to provide affordable entertainment for the local community. Since then, Vicki has been working to sustain and develop community theater in South Florida while producing a run of more than 16 popular musicals in local theaters.
This passion continues today with Vickis newest endeavor, Entracte Theatrix, which is a natural progression of The Palm Beach Principal Players. The new company aims to raise the bar by offering a community theater outlet for aspiring performers as they transition into the world of professional theater. Mrs. Halmos also oversees Head Up Productions, a not-for-profit film company which among other projects has produced a documentary addressing the problems and solutions of children aging out of foster care on a national scope.
Overall, these three companies have provided opportunities for hundreds of children and young adults to give back to the community with their talents and to launch their careers in the theater and film industries. Mrs. Halmos received the 2009 Woman of Distinction Award in Palm Beach for philanthropy and her work through the Peter Halmos Family Foundation to promote the performance arts through education and outreach.
For more than 15 years Mrs. Halmos has served on the board of the Palm Beach Day Academy and in 2001 the Vicki and Peter Halmos Family Activities Center was built. Vicki has also served as a board member of Opportunity, Inc. and the CAREing Foundation. She helped found two signature fund-raising events while serving on the boards of these agencies: The Ultimate Dinner Party, to benefit The Childrens Home Society; and The Old Bags Luncheon, which supports the Center for Family Services in West Palm Beach.