The famed camp, which was the inspiration for Todd Graff's film "Camp," was founded in 1975 by Carl and Elsie Samuelson and its artistic director, Jack Romano. The 30th anniversary afternoon, which will be held July 24 at Kutchers in Loch Sheldrake, NY, will include a video retrospective spanning Stagedoor Manor's three decades. Among those featured in the video are such alumni as Wicked's Michele Federer, Mamma Mia!'s Sara Kramer, A Streetcar Named Desire's Amy Ryan, "Camp" writer/director Todd Graff, The Baker's Wife director Gordon Greenberg as well as Robert Downey Jr., Mandy Moore, Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Josh Charles, Jon Cryer, Michael Ian Black, Mary Stuart Masterson, Bryce Dallas Howard and director Sean Levy.
Cindy Samuelson, daughter of the Stagedoor Manor founders, said in a statement, "Thirty years ago when my parents looked to the future they never could have imagined all the lives Stagedoor would touch. My parents adored children, loved theatre and understood the creative spirit. Stagedoor has always been a family and we hope this anniversary will be a chance for alumni to reconnect and celebrate."
Among those expected to attend are Jon Cryer, Todd Graff, Michelle Federer, Danny Gurwin, Blair Late, Jon Sherman, Josh Charles, Julie Stevens, Caitlin Vanzandt, Molly Smurling, Max Gilford, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Yancey Arias, Julie Kleiner, Kaily Smith, Wendy Prior, Dana Steingold and Adam Moreno.
Although the anniversary is not open to the general public, all Stagedoor Manor alumni are encouraged to attend. For more information e-mail Konnie Kittrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stagedoormanor.com.