2019 Season: First Show Announcement!

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Steve, Spencer and Zack took to the virtual airwaves last night to announce the first three shows of our 2019 summer! At Acting Manitou, we work diligently each year to program a diverse and exciting group of shows for each session. This year in particular, and with the help of our amazing team of Artistic Staff, we are working to showcase our camper community, reflect stories that they want to tell, and provide an opportunity for non-traditional theater making even within more traditional titles.

While no sessions or directors have been announced, these titles alone are sure getting us excited about the summer ahead. And, we’ve only just begun! More show and program announcements are coming in the next couple of months so register today and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss out on a single thing!

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ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her father, set on a lovely and sunny Greek island. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, propelled by the unmistakable originality of Acting Manitou’s creative staff and talented campers, is sure to leave everyone with a summer memory they won’t forget!


The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.

The Mousetrap is the longest-running play in the history of London's West End but you can be a part of our first time performing the play at Acting Manitou by joining us in 2019!


Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. What better place than Acting Manitou to tell the story of how being an outsider, a rebel, can be used to your, and the world at large’s, advantage.

Our Winter Camp Fair Schedule!


Acting Manitou is hitting the road this winter to spread the JOY and COMMUNITY to potential campers and families.

If you are currently interested in learning more about Acting Manitou, a camp fair provides a great chance to meet a director and ask questions about our programs, staff and season.

If you are an alum or current camper and are in the area, come by and say hello! We’d love to see you!

Acton Camp Fair
Acton, MA
January 24th, 2019
McCarthy Towne School

Tips on Trips Camp Fair
Los Angeles, CA
February 3rd, 2019
Skirball Cultural Center

Solebury Summer Programs Fair
New Hope, PA
January 27th, 2019
Solebury School

Make Lifelong Friends...Then Make Theater!

Hi Acting Manitou Family!

Emma L., Amara B. and Ella W. this past summer!

Emma L., Amara B. and Ella W. this past summer!

I’m writing to you all in a spare moment between work notes and dry tech of my second show this week to tell you about a Manitou Fam production that just closed last night. For the last few weeks, I’ve had the joy of lighting designing 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee, music directed (for the second time this year) by Griffin Strout!

At elective presentations second session, Chris invited us all to think about moments we noticed from one another’s pieces. Those moments, he said, can inspire works of their own. Theater is a million tiny acts of theft. I’d like to share some moments I noticed during Spelling Bee tech and some moments of camp they bring back for me.

So much love to all of you!

Emma Levine (AM bunk counselor and alum)

Scroll through the photos below using the arrows on the upper right corner.

Plugging Back In after Camp


Social Media is tricky. In one way it’s a struggle, distracting us from homework and family dinners. One reason we love “un-plugging” at camp every summer is how much more we see around us when we aren’t immediately gravitating towards a screen.

On the other hand, it can be a truly remarkable tool for facilitating connections with friends and family who aren’t immediately nearby. When the Acting Manitou directors went to camp we looked forward to getting everyone’s addresses so we could write letters to our friends throughout the year. Admittedly, and to our own parents’ dismay, we probably chose to call on the phone on the weekends when long distance rates were lowest. Phone calls have given way to emails and texts and video calling. (Back to the Future II was right!) Now it’s almost as easy to stay in touch with friends across the world as it is with our friends down the block.

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Still waiting for this...

The joy of this technology, and the challenge (whispered, “Challenge Yourself”), is using it to continue the kinds of communication and friendships that are so special at camp. Whether it’s a quick compliment as you pass someone on the hill, a longer walk with a friend at downtime, or a bedtime story with a director, at camp we try to focus on quality moments shared with each other. How can we practice the same behavior during the year, even if it’s done virtually? Can we use our time on Facebook to lift up other people, perhaps sharing a “Break a Leg” on opening nights? Can Instagram be more than simply a way of documenting our current life and perhaps also a way of sharing memories or inspiration?

Anyone using Walkie Talkies these days? Anyone?

Anyone using Walkie Talkies these days? Anyone?

We think so! That’s why we are committed to celebrating our camp family, campers and staff, year-round through AM365. The AM Blog will bring you longer musings about how we are all living the spirit of camp in the off-season. AM Photos is a great way to look back at this past summer and will also include galleries of AMDay and events throughout the year. AMPod is going to be bringing you past campers and staff, as well as special guests who are friends of camp, sharing their stories and memories from Acting Manitou.

Of course, our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will also be sources for quick inspiration. We consider this the equivalent of a quick hello on the hill, which we all know can easily be your Rose for the day!

Thats what we are excited about. But, AM365 is like camp. It works best when we all take part! How are you going to continue to share the joy and inspiration that Acting Manitou is all about?