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Theater Geek by Mickey Rapkin
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Sep 08, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, read_2010
Read from September 06 to 12, 2010 , read count: 1

Author Mickey Rapkin takes the reader into the crazy sometimes stressful, but ultimately rewarding world of the summer theater camp. This is not just any theater camp though, it's Stagedoor Manor where some of the campers have gone on to be world famous celebrities. What is refreshing about this camp is that while small parts of it are audition based, there are no auditions to be in the camp, and everyone gets cast in a show.

Rapkin follows three students during their last summer at camp, periodically inserting quotes from former campers and staff members. He also delves into the history of the camp.

As a theater geek myself, who has worked at a summer theater camp of a much smaller scale, it was interesting to read about both the history and the future of this camp. While this will most likely appeal to others such as myself, non-theater people should not be afraid to pick this up. Rapkin explains a lot about the shows being performed, almost as if he expected everyone who read the book to know nothing about theater.

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