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Dark Night Cabaret, July 30

Belmont, CA, July 26, 2007 — Broadway’s best will forgo the theatre’s traditional night off or “dark night” next Monday, July 30, to sing and dance in a benefit at Notre Dame de Namur University’s Ralston Hall Mansion for aspiring professional performers.

All proceeds from “Dark Night Cabaret” go to student scholarships for the Music Theatre Conservatory (MTC) program sponsored by NDNU and Broadway By the Bay. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

The evening of entertainment includes the pros from the stages of Broadway By the Bay, TheatreWorks, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, San Jose Rep, the Willows Theatre, as well as MTC’s professional instructors, and alumni of the program who have gone on to successful performing careers. Music will range from the classics of George and Ira Gershwin to contemporary musical theatre repertoire. Light refreshments will be available to purchase.

The Music Theatre Conservatory, a 9-week intensive, professional musical theatre training program, now in its third season at NDNU, is co-directed by Debra Lambert, chairman of NDNU’s Department of Music, and Marc Jacobs, NDNU music faculty. Students spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 9 weeks studying the three disciplines of musical theater: acting, singing, and dance. During the program, several master classes are held working on vocal technique, song interpretation and styling, fosse style, singing auditions, and tap. The instructors and visiting master class teachers include performers with credits from Broadway and national tours, Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony and Opera Center, the Metropolitan Opera, and the White House.

Tickets cost $20 for general admission, and $10 students/seniors. To reserve tickets, please call the NDNU Music Department at (650) 508-3429. For information on the MTC program, call (650) 508-3694.