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Rob Hammerton, music educator etc.

Charles River Tent Flaps: 1977

[“CHARLES RIVER TENT FLAPS – THE FIRST TEN YEARS” is made up of interviews with past and present staff members and campers of the Charles River Creative Arts Program of Dover, Massachusetts and of articles from The Daily Double.” -from “Tent Flaps”, published for the CRCAP tenth-anniversary celebration, summer 1979 (David Downing, editor). We begin as CRCAP begins to turn its “Show Must Go On” tradition legendary …]



New stage (2 1/2 weeks to build, gray, 4 feet taller than its predecessor, two ladders to the balcony, more balcony space) … OLIVER! on Festival Stage … Thomas Harpoe Jepsen … Jane Ernst, actress-in-residence … Little Wanderers get their own department … Showtune Workshop performs at Briarwood Nursing and Retirement Home … Paul Temple and Frank Baker with the Bennington Music Workshop get everyone up and dancing at the Festival Stage with a multitude of drums … Puerto Rican rum … Cuchulian … Ucvle Tom’s Cabin … FENDA MARIA … KNAVE OF HEARTS … North End kids and Bob Laroca … Carol Meiselman womans the Apple … Nissy’s influence extends to the skies as she diverts planes from over the Festival Stage during performances … Tennis Tournament ends … Ann Brown performs at the Esplanade with Danny Sloan and Company to tumultuous applause, most of which is from a very large CRCAP contingent … Artists’ Night debuts … Neil Deluca as always …



I can’t find my counselor!” … “Where is my locker?” … “My schedule is all mixed up!” … All this confusion and more is what’s happening the first day of camp. The CITs are running around trying to help everybody. And the counselors are trying to find their CITs.


sensational gang you are! We’ve just experienced the most mellifluously mellow, smoothly synchronized, finely meshed, happily tuned opening day in the 8-year history of this chronically astonishing multi-arts experience. … A million thanks to all of YOU for making it SO great. W’re off and running for a smash hit summer of seventy-seven scenario. Happy Days are here again! Love to all, PBD


It was a very hot day that Thursday before BUZZ ON. Peter, Louise, Maureen, and some other people were relaxing at the house where I was staying when someone noticed a huge, black thundercloud rolling in over the trees. ‘Oh, no! The lights!’ Suddenly, Peter and Louise went speeding out the driveway and out on to Walpole Street on two wheels to rescue the lights. Maureen was not far behind to save the sets. There ensued a terrific rainstorm which continued right up until a half an hour before showtime. There were some anxious moments on the driveway in front of the school by Nissy and some of the staff. There was even a non-rain dance. We wondered if the rain would hold off until after the show. It did.”

It was freezing that night during BUZZ ON. Everyone backstage had sleeping bags wrapped around them or winter coats.”

Alan Ruthazer got sick before opening night. In the true ‘The-Show-Must-Go-On’ tradition, Jack Megan stepped in to play Hornsbee that night. I remember he had his lines written on his arms, all over him. Even then he didn’t get them right.”

July 3, 2019 - Posted by | CRCAP

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