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Disney and French Woods are teaming up to develop three new Disney titles this summer!

These shows have never been performed before and French Woods has been asked to help develop the shows before they are released to the public.

Our staff will be working on these shows with the help of the Disney Theatrical Productions development team. Disney staff will be attending the performances of the shows as well as working directly with French Woods campers and staff.

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh is being developed in session 3 for 7-11 year olds:
Deep in the Hundred-Acre Wood… Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore are on a mission to rescue Christopher Robin from the dreaded Backson! This new musical for young performers includes classic songs like “Winnie the Pooh” and “The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers” as well as three new songs from the upcoming animated feature film, Winnie the Pooh (2011).

Disney’s Little Mermaid JR, being developed for 11-14 year olds in session 4:
More than anything, the young mermaid Ariel wants to be part of the human world above, but her father, King Triton, will allow nothing of the sort. When Ariel trades her voice for a pair of legs, she has only three days to get Prince Eric to kiss her or she becomes the Sea Witch’s slave forever! This thrilling and touching ocean adventure for young performers features all of the songs from the 1989 animated feature (including “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl”) as well as two new songs from the 2008 Broadway musical.

Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical is being developed for 11 – 17 year olds in session 2 based on the Disney Channel movie as well as the new movie that will be released in the fall.
This summer was supposed to be about relaxing, enjoying their music, and getting to know each other better. But with Camp Star across the lake threatening Camp Rock’s very existence, Mitchie and Shane must spend every waking moment getting the young campers into top shape for the final jam! This new musical based on the Disney Channel hit movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2 celebrates making music, overcoming obstacles, and fostering friendships.

For more information, contact french woods or check out our website at

Billy Elliot Tickets are still Available

Tickets are Still Available!

We have made arrangements to attend the new Broadway production of “Billy Elliot” on Sunday August 2nd.Seating will be limited to the orchestra and mezzanine.
Brunch will be served at camp and the coach bus will arrive in NYC by 2:00pm. Showtime is at 3:00pm and we will leave the city at 6:00pm. At 6:45pm we will stop for dinner on the way back to camp.
The all-inclusive fee is $150.00 (Ticket and transportation). Billy Elliot is expected o be a sellout so act soon. Downled the form here or call the office at 954-346-7455 to reserve your space.

If you want to know more about the show, the website: has some great video about the show.

A note from a parent at the end of first Session:

we just returned home lastnight from picking our daughter, katie, up from camp. words alone can not convey what fantastic time she had. i’m SURE you hear this all the time but…..she made lifelong friendships, learned soooooooooooooooo much and was treated to something she just doesn’t get in our small pennsylvania town. we have a couple of small community theaters in our area that pack ’em in every time they do a production but, NOTHING as professional and with the caliber of talent you managed to coordinate in just a few short weeks. we were so impressed. when your kid emails you that “you’re the greatest parents in the world….thanks for letting come to frenchwoods….I’M HAVING THE BEST TIME I EVER HAD IN MY WHOLE LIFE….well, that just says it all. from the day we arrived everything was so amazingly organized and the people…..WERE SO FRIENDLY AND ENTHUSIASTIC. she will be returning next year.. our only regret….that we didn’t find out about you sooner. a special thank you to Carolyn and all the counselors in her bunk. the gentleman who directed the sound of music…stuart….was really hands on in directing her like she had never been directed before (that’s a good thing). in 3 years she will be attending college…theater major and business minor. theater is her life. thank you for making her so comfortable and us “the greatest parents in the world”. i will spread the word about your camp. enjoy! you have a great thing going!!! many thanks, the laputka family hazleton, pennsylvania

Check out this interview with former campers Steve Rosen and Dave Rossmer

The Broadway Bullet has a great interview with former campers Steve Rosen and Dave Rossmer about their project: “Don’t Quit Your Night Job” which is currently playing off Broadway. Check em out and get your tickets here.

From the Podcast

SR: …Actually, David and I, we met actually doing an improvisation at theater summer camp. We were at a camp called French Woods, upstate when were… we must have been like, twelve or thirteen. And we were actually in an improv class, and we hadn’t really met each other at all, and we did something that cracked each other up.

DR: They were like, telling a story, and we had to act out the story. And they were like, “Bill and Bob go into a bar,” and so we walk into a… Bill and Bob do this, and finally, it was, “Bill spills his drink on Bob.” And since neither of us knew who Bill or Bob was, both of us at the same time just sort of spilled our drinks on each other, and that was sort of instant friendship. And we made each other laugh from then until twelve years later.

Check out the whole Podcast

And if you get the chance, check out the show!

Theater Department news from French Woods summer camp

The French Woods Theater Department will be better than ever in 2007.
The 2007 Show Calendar will make it’s official debut in the May Newsletter, but it is packed full of performance opportunities.

For 2007 we are currently in talks for a premier production of “The New Kid on the Block”, by John Forster (who also wrote “How to Eat Like a Child”). The playwright would be at camp intermittently through out rehearsals and would be involved in the production process. The show will be published and available through Samuel French early next year. We will keep you updated as we progress, but the show would be open to seven to eleven year olds.