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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:58 am, Thu Mar 14, 2013.

Through its teaching institute, Black Spectrum Theatre, located in Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, has been mentoring children, teens and adults in the arts for over 40 years.

Over the next two months, the theater will offer its students a chance to shine as they appear in several special presentations. Who knows — there could be a star in the making!

According to Carl Clay, the theater’s executive producer and director, the plays serve as “a coming out for many of these actors.”

Members of the teen acting class of 2013 will have the opportunity to strut their stuff in a production entitled “Scenes & Monologues from Classic Black Theatre of the 20th Century,” which will feature excerpts from such works as “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Home” and “Fences.”

The performance promises to “give a sense of history,” Clay said.

The ensemble cast will be under the direction of Gerald VanHeerden, a drama instructor in the program. Musical direction and choreography are by, respectively, Derek Galloway and Christine Gaines, both instructors in the program.

Shows will be on April 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and April 21 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15, with children under 12 half price.

“The Adventures of Kid Zero” will come to the theater with a cast plucked from the Children’s Acting Class of 2013. Under the direction of Karim Sekou, the play, according to Clay, “deals with mathematics and understanding the concept of ‘nothing from nothing.’ It teaches about the values in life through strong metaphors.”

Written by Ifa Bayeza, the play has music by Harvey Mason.

Performances will take place on May 4 and 5 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15, with children 12 and under half price.

The indoor theater, which is wheelchair-accessible and has nearby free parking, is located inside the park at Baisley Boulevard and 177th Street, in Jamaica.

For further information, call (718) 723-1800 or visit blackspectrum.com.

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