Category Archives: off-season

Alumni Update!

News from Sam Wheeler! "I'm Assistant Stage Managing a production of Top Girls by Caryl Churchill at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Show dates are 11/13, 11/14, 11/15, 11/19, 11/20, & 11/21. All performances begin at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter/event/top-girls/ for $15 each."    
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Meet the Staff: Chris Murrah, Off Season Promoter

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Chris has been at Acting Manitou since 2009, when he was a bunk counselor for Pinter and produced. The following year he directed Seussical the Musical which was followed by productions of Sweeney Todd, Pericles, The Crucible, Hamlet and Into the Woods. This year he will be working with Tim and Steve as the off-season promoter, reaching out to schedule reunions, plan visits to campers' shows and events, and continue to promote the Acting Manitou spirit throughout the year.

Chris has more than 20 years in the camping industry and almost as many as a theatre professional. He began as a camper at the age of 8 and was a camp counselor through high school and college. He has developed leadership training programs for teens as well as teaching theatre. As a theatre professional he has been a performer, holding a BFA from Florida State University, and a director, currently completing his MFA in Directing at Columbia University.

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Three Steps to Better Auditions

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Hello everyone! The school year is off and running which means many folks out there are going to be gearing up for auditions and rehearsals for plays and musicals at school. Some of you may not be doing theatre this fall, rather you might be playing a sport or doing band or art, but stick with me. This blog is for everyone!

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Entrances and Exits

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"There is an entrance first, just as there is always an exit later." – Maria Callas

The hardest step is always the first. Whether it’s a step through a door or a dash into a crowd, the raise of the conductor’s baton or a stage managers “Go,” or simply stepping behind the curtain before it rises after the overture, that first step for any artist in the theatre means there is no turning back. The train leaves the station with that entrance and there will be no stopping until the final step is taken.

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Community

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At Acting Manitou we often refer to ourselves as a community, drawn together by our love of theatre for six weeks in the summer. It is an intensified community for those six weeks, with each three week session bringing its own snapshot of life at large. Old friendships are renewed, new ones are formed. There are disagreements and reconciliations. People in our community risk failure, sometimes succeeding at failing and sometimes succeeding at succeeding, and are supported by one another. We share laughter and tears alike and we do so in the spirit of love and friendship. Community, no?

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