The following is from the Musical Theater Conservatory
This summer, the Musical Theater Conservatory in Livingston will offer Broadway Boot Camp, a three-week performing arts program which provides a full theater experience for kids age 7-18. The camp includes courses in voice, stage combat, television acting, comedy, improvisation, and more. In just three weeks, the young performers travel from classes to rehearsals culminating in a costumed, Broadway Cabaret.
Broadway Boot Camp runs from July 3rd to July 22 with a final show in NYC on July 22nd. The program hours are Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Livingston, N.J. To learn more about the Musical Theater Conservatory and to register online, visit www.musicaltheatreconservatory.com or call: 973-868-6259
Camp founders Randy Kravitz Elman and Mary Brienza are veterans in the industry, and have trained several successful stars before their big break including Natalie Portman, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Michael Pitt.
“I feel what we do is very special because we have quality teachers who are real professionals that care about the kids,” says Elman. “Not only do they understand how to perform, but they know how to convey what they’ve learned to students.” Their confidence-building theater program has transformed budding stars into Broadway performers and instilled invaluable tools in kids who can use what they learn in the program in many areas of their lives. “We train everyone as if they were going to be professional, but many of our students are not going into the industry,” adds Elman. “We take anyone who shows an interest in the arts.”
Workshops and guest artists work hand in hand with the students. Elman says during a recent summer program, the kids learned choreography from an actor pal starring in the play In The Heights. “First he spoke to them about the business and then he taught them choreography from In The Heights, which was hip-hop style dance which they loved. It’s not just meeting the person and getting an autograph, but the opportunity to ask questions and understand what it takes to get into the business.”
Kids leave the camp with skills that they can use in the future. A class on how to audition not only helps to prepare students for a professional audition, but also trains them how to best present themselves in an interview or when delivering a speech. Improv classes help develop quick thinking skills. “I believe that everyone should have theater training,” says Elman. “Not because they should become professional performers, but because it contributes so much to a child as a person and it carries over to when they become adults.”