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NDNU's Summer Music Theatre Conservatory 

Belmont, CA, March 20, 2007 — Broadway’s best will train its next legion of stars at Notre Dame de Namur University’s Summer Music Theatre Conservatory, an intensive nine-week professional level training program in acting, singing, and dance.

The program is designed for adults as well as younger performers aspiring for a career in musical theatre or simply to improve their existing talents and skills.  This summer will mark the third season of MTC, a joint project of Broadway By the Bay, the premiere all-producing musical theatre company on the San Francisco Peninsula, and the University’s BFA in Musical Theatre program.

The nine-week program runs from June 11 to August 10. Application deadline is April 5. Auditions will be held April 14 and May 12 at the NDNU campus. Video-taped auditions are due May 11.

"MTC is a unique program that develops performance and audition skills, confidence, and professionalism,” said Debra Lambert, MTC co-director and NDNU’s Chair of the Department of Music and Arts. “The faculty is incredible, and we all delight in the growth we see in the students from Day 1 to the end of Week 9. Our grads are working on Broadway, national tours, and in regional companies across the country."

Students enjoy master classes with Broadway’s best such as Karen Morrow, star of seven Broadway shows including the Tony-winning “Drood,” and the national tour of “Showboat.” Morrow is also a recipient of five Dramalogue Awards, an Emmy and the Theatre World Award. Jamie Torcellini also joins the esteemed faculty. He appeared on Broadway in “Cats,” “Man of La Mancha,” national and international tours of a “Chorus Line,” and Jerome Robbins’ “Broadway” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Jazz great Wesla Whitfield, hailed as one of the best cabaret singers in the world, also lends her renowned talent and provides students with sound advice about improving their performance. Whitfield performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the White House.

Other core faculty include Greg Fritsch, Kimberly Mohne-Hill, Marc Jacobs, Debra Lambert, William Liberatore, Marie Stinnett, Lee Strawn, Robyn Tribuzi, and Dottie Lester White.

“MTC’s most challenging aspect is its incredibly high standards,” said aspiring singer Francesca Camus. “The intensity, honesty, and sincere efforts by all the instructors to make me the best I can be was so impressive.

“MTC provided the tools I needed to be the performer I want to be,” she added. “I received the best training I have ever had.”

The MTC curriculum is rigorous and intensive and there is considerable self-study and repertoire preparation required of students during non-class time. Students are encouraged not to participate in outside productions while enrolled in MTC.