The All Camp Show
On a beautiful Tuesday evening, Mainside walked south and Teenside walked north and we all met at the Eddie Cantor Theater for the All Camp Show. Mainside performed “The Jungle Book” and Teenside performed “Back to the 80’s.”
The show opened with Mainside’s performance, which included all 31 Drama Specialty campers. Campers sang songs, dressed in character, face paint and all, and had fun on stage. Drama Tech Specialty campers controlled the lights, moved scenery on stage at the end of a scene and helped clear the stage for the next show to begin.
Between the shows, we gave out IRAF (I Referred A Friend) sweatshirts. At SLC, we take pride in the community we’ve built. Campers who refer friends help to grow that community.
After the sweatshirts, Andrea, the Merrylane Supervisor, who has been a part of the SLC family for 18 years, gave out the Jeff Herman Outstanding Athlete Award. Andrea won the award in 2007. A hush always falls over the crowd when the Herman award is announced as it is a very special moment each summer. Jeff Herman was an SLC camper, athlete and enthusiastic leader. His display of sportsmanship went unmatched. Jeff was a New York City Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty. His legacy lives on at SLC, and all over the state through different memorials. This year’s Jeff Herman Outstanding Athlete Award went to two Teenside campers who have shown exemplary kindness, leadership and sportsmanship on and off the fields. Josh Kessler, five-year camper, and Noa Blicher, seven-year camper, won the 2019 first session Jeff Herman awards.
What would the All Camp Show be without the infamous chipwiches? Sheryl shared the origin story as campers waited in anticipation. Eddie Cantor, who our theater is named after, and one of our most well known alumni, was a camper from 1903 and 1904 before becoming famous. He was a singer, songwriter, comedian, author and actor. Cantor lent his name to us and devoted a great deal of energy to fundraising for the Camp. At each All Camp Show, we have ice cream because of the generosity of the Alumni Association who created a fund for this after Eddie Cantor passed away.
With sticky ice cream on our hands and around our mouths, we were ready for Teenside’s production of “Back to the 80’s.” Nine of Teenside’s actors gave us a blast from the past singing Kids in America, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Footloose, Let’s Hear It for the Boy and Time of my Life.
The night was amazing. The performers put their best foot forward, the techs ensured that the night ran smoothly, and our music and drama staff worked hard to support both productions. Stay tuned to our Surprise Lake Camp YouTube channel for full videos of both shows coming soon.