It’s showtime IN THE COZY LOBBY OF WHAT WAS ONCE A CATSKILLS HOTEL
, nearly three hundred children sit, crammed in and anxious. It is day three at Stagedoor Manor, and in just a moment these campers will learn which roles they’ll play in one of the thirteen shows to be produced in the next three weeks. And the wait—the interminable wait!—will be over.
The vibe in the wood-paneled room is tense, the subtext of every conversation: God, I hope I get it
. Campers flit about. Some sing aloud to themselves as they walk. The kids refer to this unconscious vocal expression as...