By Ken Dalton
As an actor who has performed for more than 20 years in Camp Rose productions, I have been asked many times during the past months what was going to happen with the Camp Rose theater now that Jane Moore was gone?
To the thousands of theater patrons who have watched The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, It Runs In The Family, and No Sex We’re British, to name but a few of the more than 60 productions, I needed to tweak Mark Twain’s famous quote—the rumors of Camp Rose’s death are greatly exaggerated.
Following the passing of Jane Moore, the majordomo of Camp Rose, many local theater goers could not fathom how the venerable theater could continue without Jane’s steady hand at the wheel. But Jane, during the final months of her life, read through play after play and finally settled on, Cash On Delivery, a madcap British farce written by Michael Cooney.
Jane then asked her daughter, Sue Webb, to direct the show. Sue, as the Stage manager at Camp Rose for more than 15 years, was not a stranger to Camp Rose productions and after the normal span of rehearsals, Cash On Delivery, opened on Friday, Oct. 26, continued each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Nov. 18.
As an actor in the production, I took on the persona of an undertaker, I promise you that Sue’s direction during rehearsals was spot-on and the first weekend of the show produced non-stop laughter from the audience.
So actors and audience agree—the rumors of Camp Rose’s death are greatly exaggerated.
Tickets for Camp Rose productions are now available by email—firstname.lastname@example.org or phone—707-473-0616