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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 Lesley@actingmanitou.com  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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Blog: August 10th, 2018

It's here! Dress Rehearsal day of Session 2, 2018 is here! This day is so special as we, as a community, share in the experience of five shows that have each camper's heart and soul within. Tomorrow we will open up our circle (as our co-founder Tim Brownell always put it) to our friends and families to share with them as well. Each summer holds a very special story and journey and this summer is no different. Casts and crews and musicians have each worked diligently with the exciting challenges each play presents and we are thrilled to be reaching the pinnacle of our sixteenth summer and celebrating the love we all share of making theater!

Our final Director Q&A is a twofer! Chris Murrah, a ten year and fourteen show veteran of Acting Manitou, shares his Q&A with first year Music Director, Rachel Dean.

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Be More Chill
direction by Chris Murrah; musical direction by Rachel Dean

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1. What was one initial excitement you about the show you are working on?
Rachel: I knew going in that Be More Chill is a show that has resonated with teenage audiences. It was exciting for me to imagine what that would mean for our cast, who are for the most part the same age as the characters in the show; these were characters they could identify with immediately, whose struggles were their own. I couldn't wait to see what they would build on that already-solid foundation.

Chris: For many years I have chosen plays that I hoped would challenge the expectation of what young adults are capable of when it comes to making theatre. This year, I focused on coming to material that seemed to be in the current zeitgeist of our community. Be More Chill, currently in a sold out run off-Broadway, resonates with young adults, though I didn't really know why. I was excited to hear and feel what about this musical made our campers excited and use that as the springboard for making the show.

2. What has been a surprise for you in the rehearsal room?
Rachel: The openness of every kid in the room. Every single one has responded well when we push them to go further and discover more. They've all had surprising and thrilling breakthroughs.

Chris: The ability of our incredibly mature campers to embrace this material which they feel reflects their experiences while simultaneously having a critical eye on the writing and seeing how their generation is already responding through theatre in more sensitive and inclusive ways than even a generation before them. 

3. What about doing this play at Acting Manitou has been enlightening or exciting?
Rachel: Seeing what it means to the kids and how the show informs their own lives. I've had enlightening discussions with several cast members about what the show means in the context of 2018 and their own lived experiences, and it's reminded me just how aware of the world they are, and the good they are determined to go on to do.

Chris: I echo what Rachel has said. It has also been exciting to realize that no matter how awake to change I am, nothing stops the aging process and if I wish to continue to be truly inclusive I have to continue to listen to those who are both younger and older than I am. 

4. We do a lot of “teaching” here, but what have you learned by working with your cast?
Rachel: You must be the energy you wish to see in others. And there is always room for so much more kindness in our lives. And to be vulnerable and present always. Honestly, we teachers do a lot more learning than teaching here.

Chris: I have learned that I am one person, with a very specific energy. There are many ways to come at making theatre and mine is only one. On stage you will see 14 other ways of approaching rehearsal that are so thrilling and lead to the same end.

5. What show would you like to see Acting Manitou do in the near future?
Rachel: I would love to see a show that centers stories and struggles reflecting the experiences of so many of our campers, but that aren't often told on stage in a big way yet -- stories of LGBT kids; teenagers' stories taken seriously; stories that deal with issues they're facing in their world now. I don't have a specific show in mind, but I'd love to see it!

Chris: I have always supported bringing classics from Greek and international traditions to camp and allowing the productions to be specific to our campers in the telling of those stories. More of that. More original work written for young actors, not just young characters. Fun Home. 

Blog: August 9th, 2018

Is the anticipation setting in yet? We cannot wait to share these shows with you! We are pretty good at keeping the highlights of design and performance a bit of a surprise so today we bring you another Director Q&A!

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The Winter's Tale
directed by Monica Flory

1. What drew you to The Winter's Tale?
I love the weirdness of The Winter's Tale: two contrasting worlds, a statue coming to life and of course "exit, pursued by a bear." I was excited to think about time and forgiveness in the context of this strange world.

2. What has been a surprise you’ve had in the rehearsal room?
I'm surprised by how quickly and definitively we landed on our version's central question: can anyone be forgiven, with enough time?

3. What about doing this play here at Acting Manitou is exciting for you?
It gives me so much hope to do this play here now, because in The Winter's Tale, the younger generation corrects some of the mistakes made by the older generation. Of course I wish the same thing for all of us, so watching young actors play these roles moves me deeply.

4. What have you learned so far this session by working with your cast?
All casts take on their own group personality, and this group is particularly collaborative and thoughtful. They are teaching me to ask more of them, because they are brave and they can meet any challenge.

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5. What play would you like to see done at Acting Manitou?
I'm excited for the day that "Wicked" comes to camp, because the performers will kill it.

Blog: August 8th, 2018

Onward and upward we go! Day 1 of tech is behind us and Day 2 promises to bring plenty more fun and surprises for our casts, crews and musicians as our design team and tech campers work diligently on our festival. It is always a good reminder that while these casts have rehearsed for two weeks, our designers and tech campers have three days in which to see all of their ideas come to fruition. Their work is integral to our theater making and story telling and we make sure to acknowledge how time, location, mood and theme are carried equally by actor and designer. Can't wait to share it all with you!

Now, for Director number three in our series. This one is very special as it is a spotlight on our founder Steve Borowka! 

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Billy Elliot
directed by Steve Borowka

1. What drew you to Billy Elliot?
I've always loved the story of Billy Elliot and I think it aligns perfectly with our mission. The idea of being true to yourself even in times of difficulty is a relatable theme to many campers.

2. What has been a surprise you’ve had in the rehearsal room?
Not really a surprise, but a reminder that our campers are triple threats. There is so much dancing in this show and our campers are so good! They sing, act, and dance - I am so impressed by their skills.

3. What about doing this play here at Acting Manitou is exciting for you?
I love doing a show that relies on dance as part of the storytelling. It's very exciting to see movement play such an intricate part of the plot. I also love how this play breaks gender stereotypes and defies gender norms.

4. What have you learned so far this session by working with your cast?
They love doing British accents!

5. What play would you like to see done at Acting Manitou?
We've sort of joked about it over the years, but I think CATS might actually be a great camp show.