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A summer camp where future stars are born

Friday, September 02, 2011

The hills of Sullivan County are alive with the sound of music.

Stagedoor Manor is a summer camp where stars are born. The campers who attend have just two weeks to stage an entire musical.

Back home in Georgia, B.J. Myers is what's commonly called a "theater geek".

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"Some people, they don't really accept me for who I am most of the time, but when I come to Stagedoor, I feel like I can be myself," said Myers.

Young people aged 10 to 18 call this a sanctuary, as well as a safe place to develop their talent.

Cindy Samuelson's late father opened Stagedoor Manor in 1975.

"It's not about being famous, it's about loving what you and having a dedication and a work ethic - being professional," Samuelson said.

<p. Today's campers are following in the footsteps of so many who got their start here. Robert Downey Jr. was among the first on a list of former campers. Others on the list include Natalie Portman and Bryce Dallas Howard.

"It felt like a shared endeavor, and I think that's how I've approached every single job. It's an ensemble effort, it's a community effort - and that's something that, that I really, I really learned at Stagedoor," said Howard.

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