Hello Acting Manitou friends and family! It's starting to get chillier and chillier as we start towards winter breaks and the end of semesters, and sometimes it can be hard to remember those warm summer days in Maine. Luckily I always have a couple tricks up my sleeve for keeping that Manitou spirit alive all year round!
I'm blessed to live in a part of Connecticut that leaves me only an hours train ride from NYC, so I try my best to see a couple shows that Manitounian campers, directors, or tech designers are putting on. In fact just a couple months ago counselor Jacqui Anders and I traveled to Yale to see counselor Zack Elkind's production of Henry V starring past camper Emma Levine! Not only was it an amazing production, but it was so much fun to see some of my closest friends doing theater outside of Maine!!
Now of course, not everyone is close enough to visit friends or see their shows nearby, but we can always offer our support!! The Acting Manitou facebook page is always promoting the shows of campers and staff alike, all you have to do is let them know!! I love seeing photos and posts about shows and projects that everyone is so passionate about!! Every time I see a Manitou friend excited about theater, it just makes me excited to see them this summer in Maine!!
And of course, the best way to keep the spirit of Enkoodabao alive is by participating in theater in your own schools and towns!! What better way to remember your time at Manitou fondly than to keep working on theater and celebrating the thing you love?? Personally I've just come off a run of The Drowsy Chaperone at my college, where I worked the running crew for costumes!! That means I helped backstage to get everyone dressed, and assist in any quick changes needed (and trust me we needed a lot of them!!). It was so much fun to learn new skills off stage and work on a show I know we all love from this past summer!! Everyday I got to remember how funny our production was and how excited I am for this coming summer of shows!!
And now that Drowsy is over, this weekend marks the end of my run of A Christmas Carol, performed as a radio show!! I'm excited to finish up this semester with such a fun production of a holiday classic, and I hope you're all having an amazing December!!
I hope we can all keep the friendly, supportive, and creative spirit of Acting Manitou alive throughout the year!! And remember that you can always reach out to your fellow campers and any member of staff if you need more tips on how to stay excited for camp, and not sad that it's only December!!
I send you all my love and support during the holidays, and all year round too!!