South Orange resident Dwayne Clark is thrilling Broadway audiences eight shows each week in Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. But between July 1 and July 20 he’ll take time from his busy schedule to share his expertise with aspiring performers as a guest artist with Livingston-based Musical Theatre Conservatory this summer.

Geared
 toward
 developing
 the
 complete
 performer,
 the Musical Theatre Conservatory 
includes
 classes
 in
 acting,
 theatre
 dance,
 vocal
 technique,
 and
 song
 interpretation 
as 
well
 as 
stage combat,
 TV/commercials, 
voice overs and 
auditioning. Three programs are being offered: Broadway
 Boot
 Camp (ages 8-17),
 Stage
 Door
 Kids ( ages 5-7 )
, and a Performing Theatre Workshop.

The students meet and train with professionals who are currently in the television, Broadway and film industries. This summer, the Broadway mentors will include Dwayne Clark (Spiderman, In the Heights, Smokey Joe's Café), and Rachel Black Spaulding of Montclair who was in A Christmas Carol as well as having many other credits.

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The camp is directed by Randy Kravitz Elman
 of West Orange, who served
 for
 25
 years
 as
 artistic
 director
 for
 Performers
 Theatre
 Workshop,
 a
 performing
 arts
 training
 program
 for
 young
 people; and Mary Brienza
 of South Orange, who has
 held
 faculty
 positions
 at
 American
 Theatre 
Dance 
Workshop 
and
 Broadway
 Dance 
Center 
and
 is
 currently
 teaching
 at
 New
 York
 City’s
 High
 School
 for
 the
 Performing 
Arts.

Musical director is Maxine Alstrom, who has performed with Count Bassie Orchestra, Cissy Houston, John Lloyd Young, Darlene Love, Paul Shaffer, Ben E. King, at venues including Lincoln Center, Apollo Theatre and The Rainbow Room.

“Our students really get inspired by working up close with someone succeeding in the way they hope to some day,” Elman said.

For some students, reaching their dreams are happening soon after taking classes with MTC, including Emily Carano who attended MTC last summer at age 9. "I went to Musical Theatre Conservatory summer camp and a month later, booked my first commercial,” she said.

The student talents will be showcased at the end of the program at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City.

The program will be held at Temple Emanu-El in Livingston this summer. For information and to register, call Elman at (973) 868-6259 or visit musicaltheatreconservatory.com