In the summer of 1987, I headed off to the Catskill Mountains in New York. I had a lousy year in school because I didn't feel like I fit in. Kids my age liked to play soccer and basketball. All I wanted to do was sing and dance. I spent hours upon hours in a dance studio while my peers were hanging out at the mall slurping Orange Julius.
|Playing a "Sexy Nun" in the King of Hearts, 1988. Yep, only at Stagedoor could I be a sexy nun as a teen.
Indeed, it was. I don't want to bore you with all of the details of my magical summers there because I know that some of the stories will be too personal or filled with insider jokes only reserved for Stagedoor alumni. I mean, can you imagine sending your kid to a camp where the music director yells, "Sopranos, you sound like you have SYPHILLIS!"? Yep, it was a different kind of camp and that quote was a little too insider, but I LOVED every minute of it. To understand what I am talking about, read Rapkin's book. It will give you detailed chapters about the camp from inception to its current incarnation. Everything came flooding back to me like it was yesterday: memories, nostalgia, friendship, owners Carl and Elsie Samuelson, the beloved theatre director, Jack Romano, and my favorite musical director of all time, Michael Larsen.
|With my best buddy at Stagedoor, Jenny Nevard, in King of Hearts, 1988.
If you want to see a great video about the camp, check out a post I did this summer on the CBS News piece. (I even make a cameo!) I'll see you tomorrow with highlights from my lightning fast trip to NYC to host Women's Health Magazine's Are You Game? at Pier 46 over the weekend.