The French Woods Performer Newsletter April 2023

The Performer Newsletter

April 2023
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CAmp is Back!

Dear French Woods Families

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Our show list is nearly finalized and our calendar scheduled; we are poised for an incredible summer season. Have you completed your forms and documents yet? Be sure to check your CampIn Touch dashboardl today - new information is put up periodically, so it’s important to check-in.

We still are looking to fill some specialist positions, particularly in tech theater, some orchestral instruments, magic, tennis and woodworking. Let us know if you have anyone to recommend! Our best staff have always been referred from our French Woods family.

Dreaming of summer,


April Birthdays


April 1
Lia Velazquez
Marina Greenberg
Riley Peacock
Shawn Gao
Shiloh Merritt

April 2

Beatrice Georgiades
Rikki Teicher
Seryn Karl
Tinsley Louv

April 3
Camila Mejia
Jackson Campbell
Jaden Robinson
Nica Fried

April 4

Anjali Williams
Luke Broge
Margot Weintraub

April 5
Annick Tabatchnik
Arlo Accurso
Jane Derick
Leila Pohl
Luna Herrera
Sydney Katz
Veloria Gittrich

April 6
Sarah Strom
Stella Varadhan
Stellan Abrahamsson

April 7
Irene Erismann
Maria Elisabeth Selman
Morayo Olateju

April 8
Alice Goldberg
Amina Fiks
Andrew Marvin
Dylan Crespo
Elsa Heinz
Grace Bluemke
Isaac John Woods
Maya Marcus
Penelope Tobin
Reese Gilbert

April 9
Celeste Ouroussoff
Evie Schiff
Gia West

April 10
Julia Wacker

April 11
Aaron Harris
Abby Malloy
Annika Bisogno
Graham McCarthy
Maksim Perevozchikov
Oliver Levitt
Shirley Klein
Violet Buell

April 12 
Elena Veytskin
Isabelle Terpening
Mia Rigoli
Rio Schneider

April 13

Hortense Poujardieu
London Lee
Marlo Alexander
Sofie Hwang
Sophia Ledtke
Suzanne O’Connor

April 14
Ashley Antezana
Claire Reeuwijk
Freya Crowland
Jessie Oriol
Justin Glener
Scarlet Tanzer
Sophia Siskin
Stella Krausz

April 15

Chandler Hurley
Jay Zopolsky
Kit Bettinger
Leo Bettinger
Sophia Martinez

April 16
Ava Baranowski
Ciela Lalvani
Elisa Nazem
Langston Harris
Leela Gibson

April 17

Emilia Rumpf
Henry Derick
Levi Robinovitz
Sadie Ferrari

April 18
Ava Zelnick
Cassandra Knight
Emilia Costa
Eve Harris
Leila Vetrini
Madeline Kilroy
Sofia Schiff

April 19
Eliana Gall
Eloise Tunis
Karina Keiper

April 20
Coco Kief
Emma King
Lily Mavroudis
Zoe Foster

April 21
Ayla Kocak
Kate Jacksy

April 22

Harrison Rohrbaugh
Sawyer Rolontz
Siena Fucci
Theodore Treusch

April 23

Beatrix Fromm
Haylie Christiano
Jayla Klainbard
Leo Cohen
Sophia Fidelia
Tyler Cabrero
Wynne Wanner

April 24
Angelica Garson
Emily Collet
Kitty Neale

April 25

Abigail Gribbon
Asher Bishop
Charlotte Labelson
David Zaslavsky
Gretchen Greene
Oliver Caseria
Pearl Wartski
Talia Sturtz

April 26
Abigail Kuzawinski
Arabella Topalian
Kaya Gibson
Marley Hartman
Stella Yankelowitz
Zoe Heyman

April 27

Edie Bartrop
Emmy Kuhn
Hannah Joe
Noah Kriegstein
Samantha Wexler
Solal Bellaiche
Sylvie Shapiro

April 28
Allison Spencer
Chloe Cranmer
Griffin Dawkins
Jovie Johnson
Madeline Magedoff
Nour Abou-Samra
Simon Kenton
Zev Zweig

April 29
Brandon Firth
Lucy Davies
Sophia Woods

April 30
Abigail Satzman
Brayden Plutto
Eden Mandel
Fiona Luff
Hudson Tsaur
Jack Berry

Just Registered
(as of  04/10/2023)


Abigail Kuzawinski
Abigail Watkin
Alanna Pollack
Alexander Ege
Allen Minard
Alma Bensadoun
Alyona Chua
Alyssa kiibler
Amelia Barret
Amelia Farber
Amelie Monks
Amiya Nakra
Ammon Wormuth
Amy Field
Amy Zambrano
Ana Paula Lopez Godoy
Andrew Marvin
Annika Bisogno
Asher Tworetzky
Audrey Walker
Ayaan Chan Shue
Aydin Bacharach
B'Jana Champagnie
Beatrice Cassidy
Beatrix Fromm
Benjamin Marchena
Bradley Miehle
Brooke Koehler
Brynn Cabe
Brynn West
Calder Fromm
Callie La Testa
Caly Chau
Camila Mejia
Carlos Cruz
Caroline Dubuque
Carter Wormuth
Cassandra Knight
Catherine Zeps
Charley Carman
Charlotte Kessler
charlotte ogilvie
Che Murray
Christopher Inkenhaus
Claire O’Neil
Claire Reeuwijk
Dani Siden
Daniel Bornstein
Daniel Pena-Chadee
Desmond Broder
Ella Levine
Elle Hager
Elona Golden-Coustillet
Elsa Heinz
Emma DePetris
Emma Lubavin
Ethan Goodman
Eva Westlake
Evelyn Blattmachr
Felicity Waters
Fflur Lloyd Williams
Fiona Brown-Kempf
Freya Crowland
Frith Cole
Gabriela Ross

Gia West
Gian Simonetti
Gianna Cato
Ginger Aitcheson
Grace Milowitz
Guillermo Alejandro Onate-Cotto
Hallie Brown
Harper Petitgout
Henry Everett
Hiro Spiller
Holden Shepherd
Isla Daher
Isla Patterson
Isolde Bhageerutty
Ivry Bensadoun
Jacob Boldur
Jaden Ellis
Jaden Isles
Jadyn Bordenstein
James Blattmachr
Jasmin Jung
Jeffrey Gould
Jemima Morris
Jeniah Beckles
Jenna Dewey
Jesse Gellert
Joe Corcoran
Jordan Dodd
Jordan Hamers
Jordan Simon
Jose Guillermo Onate-Cotto
Josephine Manning
Joshua Dewey
Julia Arnall
Julia Foytlin
Kai Andelman
Kai Schreiber
Kate Hevesi
Kate Jacksy
Kelan Golden-Coustillet
Keren Saltzman
Lea Boustany
Leo Rigoli
Leonidas Tirella
Lia Velazquez
Liam Minter
Liam Terrell
Liana Chan
Lily Aratow
Lily Simon
Lincoln De Pietro
Lipsa Atash
Logan Tarlow
Lola Matos
Lucia Gaglioti
Lucien Freeman
Luke Wormuth
Luna Herrera
Madeleine Douieb
Madeleine Trever
Madison Bordenstein
Maia Spinoulas
Maksim Kandhorov
Malike Grant

Marcos Suarez
Maria Elisabeth Selman
Mario Gato
Marley Hartman
Mary Kathryn Dougherty
Matilda Emmett
Max Hussein
Maya Weitz
Meghan Wurtz
Mercer Gottlock
Mia Lesnichiy
Mia Rigoli
Michaela Murray
Morayo Olateju
nathaniel Dower
Neila Wright
Noah Daher
Noah Nerayoff
Noah Simon
Nola Zicari
Nour Abou-Samra
Oliver Somauroo
Olivia Miller
Olivia Wright
Omar Torres
Oscar Sohn
Patricia Farley
patrick wakeham
Penelope Master
Raleigh DeGeer
Roman Parshin
Rose Volkov
Rowan Aderhold
Ruby Chaloner
Sadie Massaro
Samantha Marchena
Samuel Langner
Sarayah Hendricks
Sasha Ganz
Sasha Schreiber
Sekai Wright
Seryn Karl
Shayla Ramos
Siena Fucci
Sierra Hager
Simone Hardwick
Sloane Shepherd
Sofia Heinz
Sophia Fidelia
Sophia Hyde
Sophie Zrelak
Stephanie Cruz
Sunshine Solomon
Sydney Glover
Sydney Morakis
Tessa Zicari
Thomas Master
Trinity Hart
Tyler Cabrero
Tyler Murdock
Yiling Mei
Zachary Chan
Zarya Hussein
Zella Margolis
Zoe Fenwick

Session 4 Shows (subject to change)


Dinosaurs Before Dark  --  Ages 7-9
A magical tree house transports Jack and Annie to the land of the dinosaurs in this adaptation of the best-selling book series. What would you do if a tree house in your neighborhood could transport you anywhere you wanted to go?

Peter Pan -- Ages 9-11
The everlasting classic account of two boys and a girl who follow Peter Pan and the invisible fairy, Tinker Bell, into Never Land, where children never grow old and where Captain Hook and his pirates are outwitted.

High School Musical 2 -- Ages 9-11
On the last day of junior year, the East High gang can't wait to get the summer started – they're ready for summer jobs, money for college and to have fun. To that end, Troy gets them all jobs at Lava Springs Country Club – which happens to be owned by popular girl, Sharpay's, father! While Sharpay schemes to steal Troy's heart from Gabriella, her brother, Ryan, hopes to win the Star Dazzle Award. Everything comes to a head at the talent show, where the group has to remember their motto: "All for one, and one for all."

Annie --  Ages 11- 12
"Annie" is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. 

Mamma Mia!  -- Ages 11-14
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Me and My Girl -- Ages 11-14
In 1937, the British musical Me and My Girl created the “Lambeth walk,” a ballroom dance representing the strut of the cockney residents of the Lambeth section of Lon-don. This charming musical follows the relationship of a cockney youth who inherits a fortune, but struggles to maintain a romance with his girl back home. 

She Loves Me  --  Ages 11-14
The plot revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg and Amalia, who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads.

Carrie The Musical
  -- Ages 11-17
A small-town high school girl discovers she has telekinetic powers and uses them to get back at her bullying high school classmates and her tyrannical mother, in this musical adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel and the film based on it.

Rag Time -- Ages 11-17
Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, this timeless musical masterpiece celebrates the soaring sounds and hopeful spirit of America at the dawn of the last century. To the syncopated rhythms of a hopeful new age, this unforgettable theatrical tapestry interweaves the delights of vaudeville, baseball, and nickelodeon with the hurly-burly of labor rallies and racial unrest, tracing the lives of an enterprising Jewish immigrant, a courageous Harlem pianist, and a conflicted upper-class wife in a jubilant, inclusive tribute to the American Dream.

Rent -- Ages 11-17
Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.  Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme and under the shadow of HIV/AIDS, Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

Almost Maine -- Ages 11-17
In the town of Almost, Maine, people experience the life-altering power of the human heart. In a series of playful and surreal experiences, relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers.

Camp Big Brothers and Big Sisters Become Friends and Mentors to our youngest campers


Camp, is an incredibly powerful social experience for children for many reasons, and one of the best parts of it is that it brings children of different ages together and gives them the opportunity to form meaningful friendships.  Every summer our older, more 'seasoned' campers have the opportunity to be Big Sisters or Big Brothers to our first time campers who are age 11 and younger.  We begin the "pairings" in May and if at all possible we want to match Big Brothers and Sisters with younger campers they might be able to see during the non-Camp season.  There will be time to connect with one another before camp even begins.

Why do this? The older campers will spend time telling their "young sibs" about something that they have loved about growing up at French Woods and how they will be available to their Little Brother or Little Sister should they get homesick, have questions about Camp, or just want to talk with someone who isn’t their bunk counselor. Throughout each session we will be carving out time for these Camp Siblings to spend time with each other. 

We will email parents of the younger ones and email the older campers (with a copy to their parents) with the specifics of the 'match.' Each Little Brother/Little Sister will receive a phone call/ email or text from their Big Brother or Big Sister before camp begins to introduce themselves and to talk about camp and all the excitement that’s soon to come. 

CIT's -- We would like all our first and second CIT's to be a part of the Big Brother, Little Brother/ Big Sister, Little Sister Program at camp. Campers can enter their email addresses and cell phone numbers on their CampIn Touch account. Contact rose@frenchwoods or Carson@frenchwoods for more info.

Isaac's Corner

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5 Reasons Why Great Parents Send Their Kids to Camp

At camp this summer, your child will . . .
Develop Independence
You are giving your child the opportunity to live and thrive without being with you and under your constant 'watch.' The growth in confidence and independence happen at camp without a cell phone, the internet (or a parent next to them) to immediately turn to when they are faced with a decision. Campers learn to use other resources – including their own great minds!  They have opportunities to challenge themselves and try new things. The confidence that results from their accomplishments and independence can be life changing.

Experience Childhood Fun and Adventure
French Woods gives your kids the opportunity to further develop their chosen performing/ visual and fine arts skills and to explore new avenues of interest alongside campers who have interests similar to their own. You are giving your child the gift of magical childhood memories that will last forever. 

You are giving your child a break from the pressures and stress of school, their after-school activities and the last 3 years of a pandemic. Kids have been tethered to their parents and parents tethered to their childen by necessity throughout COVID.  Kids need a break from their parent's well-intentioned involvement in their lives.

Get Unplugged
Amazing stuff happens when you put your phone down and have a nice conversation with someone.   You are giving your child the chance to unplug and connect face-to-face with other kids and positive, young-adult role models. We will get back to confidence, self-advocation, creativity and social interaction with no internet connection or mute button needed. At French Woods we support one another without judgment.

Become Better at Making and Keeping Friends
The bonding and friendships that happen at camp are different from those that occur at school and on sports teams. The intensity of living together and experiencing life together, without distractions, creates the ideal setting to form lifelong friendships and really get to know people well. 

So, if people ever question your decision to send your young child to a traditional, longer camp stay this summer, let them know that it’s hard for you to let your child go, but that you’re giving your child a gift that will have more impact than any material item you’ve ever given.

Rose and I, along with our furry family members, Bella and Shelby, will be driving up to camp in 3 weeks. We miss you all terribly and look forward to our reunion with all of you. Just remember it's 58 days till Session 1 and 77 days till Session 2.

Won't be long now,


Camper News


Levi Robinovitz was cast as the cat in Honk at American Heritage school in Delray Beach, FL. He also performed at American Heritage’s Spring Fling event in March. Levi has been working with a team of dancers to surprise his guests at his upcoming Bar Mitzvah in April.

Lake Robinovitz was cast as Mayzie in Seussical at Saint Andrews school in Boca Raton, FL.

Sienna Rose Schott recently performed as Betty in The Crucible and now is working on the shows Disaster! and Rock of Ages! Sienna will be performing Rock of Ages at her school in May and Disaster! at Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance in June. "I am so excited to be working on these, and so excited to come back to camp in August."

Alexia Avila celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in March with FWF friends Lucy Mason, Alexia Avila, Monique Hightower Gaskin, Julia Roth, and Vanessa Rodriguez.

Petra Eskandar was cast as a Wicker Sham in her school’s production of Suessical.

Vivian Goldstein played Grandma Tzeitel in Apex Performing Arts Collective’s (APEX) production of Fiddler on the Roof. In January, she & her APEX group, won an award for Excellence in Dance at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta for their performance of Once On This Island, Jr. Currently, she is working on APEX’s spring production of Bring It On as a Truman cheerleader and ensemble member.

Teddy Treusch has just been accepted into LaGuardia HS of the Performing Arts for acting for 9th grade next fall.

Madeleine Chene recently played the role of Annie in her school musical, Annie, and is now cast to play Maui in Moana Jr at school.

Eva Hurley recently competed in the North Carolina Thespian Festival in the Solo Musical Theatre category and received an overall score of Superior. Additionally, she has advanced to the International Thespian Festival to be held at Indiana University Bloomington in June.

Lincoln DePietro recently performed as a soloist for The Lord of The Rings Fellowship of the Rings 21st Anniversary Concert at Radio City Music Hall. He currently is singing as part of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra's Bach's St. Matthew's Passion at Lincoln Center.

Adam Khakin has been cast as cover for Ragtime Symphonic Concert Performance in Boston Symphony Hall and Tanglewood concerts.

Angelica Garson received the 2023 Best Young Actress Winner Award from Silk Road Film Awards Cannes and was the March 2023 Best Child Actress Winner from the New York International Film Awards (from her work in the short film drama Resilient).

Back to Broadway!

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                                           French Woods Goes to Broadway!
This summer, campers signed up to attend one of our Broadway trips will be wearing orange!  A sweet reminder of the trip along with group recognition, we are thrilled to show you what is in store for you. All campers need a French Woods shirt for out of camp trips and we are offering French Woods Goes to Broadway for our Session 1 or Session 3 campers signed up for the trips. Be sure to fill out the order form with your size on your CampIn Touch dashboard.

As a reminder - For Session 1 and Session 3 Campers - There are still some tickets left! If you want to attend a Broadway Show - be sure to have your parents fill out the permission form to sign up now. We have a limited number of tickets and once they are gone - that's it. Imagine what it is like to go to NYC and see a Broadway show with 300+ of your new best friends! So much fun!

In Session 1, we have SOME LIKE IT HOT. This show is terrifically entertaining — and thoroughly modern — a reinvention of the classic Hollywood comedy. Set in Chicago during Prohibition, Some Like It Hot follows Joe (Christian Borle) and Jerry (J. Harrison Ghee), a sax player and a bass player who go on the run after witnessing a mob hit. They disguise themselves as women — now going by Josephine and Daphne — and join up with an all-female band, Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopators, traveling with the group aboard a cross-country train.

Session 3 is KIMBERLY AKIMBO which has been called “The season’s most moving new musical earning its place among the behemoths of Broadway.” Kim is a bright and funny Jersey teen, who happens to look like a 72-year-old lady. And yet her aging disease may be the least of her problems. Forced to maneuver family secrets, borderline personalities, and possible felony charges, Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side.

Important Online Forms and Documents & CampMEDS


ALL FORMS ARE NOW DUE. By now you should be familiar with our CampIn Touch program that gets you to your child’s Forms Dashboard where you have been filling out all the required forms and documents. The deadline for Bunk requests has past and we are now reviewing all the medical forms and the camper confidential form and lesson signup.

Darryn needs your transportation info input on to the travel form now. Whether, driving, flying or taking the bus - all children must be accounted for. Please help us!  Don't forget to login to your CampIn Touch dashboard (today!) and check out our detailed Transportation procedures under Family Forms and Documents. 

Many forms are web-based and just need to be filled out online. The forms that require signatures must be downloaded and printed out. Remember to fax back only to (845) 468-7078 without a coversheet or preferably simply upload them as pdfs directly to your account on CampIn Touch. All remaining forms are due no later than May 1st. Do not wait to upload the completed forms if all you have left is your child's physician appointment info. 

 If you have any questions about getting on to CampIn Touch or if we can help in anyway, please call us in the office at (607) 637-8400.

Camper Medication Procedures:
New York State and French Woods requires you to have your child’s daily medication pre-packaged prior to arrival at camp. This includes any herbal medications and/or vitamins! Be sure all medications are ordered through Campmeds thru prior to your child’s arrival. 

News from Rose

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Please remember to check out family documents on your CampIn Touch account. After you login to Forms and Documents you should scroll all the way down where you will find Forms & Documents for Your Family. There you will find all sorts of information including a Parent Guide and a Camper Guide as well as a Packing List, if you are interested in Shipping Luggage, our 4K Race for the Arts each session and our policy on Cell Phones and Electronics.

A Note From Ron

Talking Camp With Ron Schaefer

It’s mid-April and I am more than ready to get to camp. I am so looking forward to seeing all of you and working with you on the four shows I’ll be directing. I am waiting to see my friends in Hancock. Louie has sent me pictures of the new bunks and I can’t wait to see them in person. Right now, Barbara and I are planning to arrive in camp in mid-May. My gator is ready for use. Climb on.


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