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.

 Still waiting for this...

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?

Register Now for 2019! Save big with our Early Bird Specials!


With the summer of 2018 coming to an end it may seem like a far stretch to next year's amazing 17th summer at Acting Manitou. However, we are already seeing registrations come in and want you to be able to take advantage of some amazing specials by registering now for 2019! 

Q: What are the dates for 2019?

Session 1: June 29th - July 21st, 2019
Session 2: July 22nd - August 11th, 2019

Q: What are the rates for 2019?

One session is $5550 ; Both sessions together are $9550

Q: Are there special rates available if we register early?

  • New and returning campers who register before January 1st, 2019 receive $300 PER SESSION off of the 2019 Rates!

  • Returning campers who register before September 1st, 2018 effectively lock in this years rates for next year! That's a savings of $600 for one session and $1150 for two!
    This is a deal to NOT be missed! Simply register today by clicking below!

Q: Is there a deposit upon registration?

Yes, there is a deposit of $300 for each registration. You can pay via check or by Venmo (Acting-Manitou). Please contact us if you have any questions.

Q: How do I register?

Click the link below! New Campers on the right, Returning Campers on the left!

Q: What if I have more Q's than this Q&A?

Email  or call 201.857.5208

We are thrilled to be looking forward to next summer and are already dreaming of all the things to come! We hope you and your campers are as well. 

Talk soon,
Steve, Lesley, Chris and Tim

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