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Anaf Steals the Show


Anaf presents its annual show. This year, they performed "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

The past three weeks have been the time of my life. I’ve worked with Anaf, the oldest unit on camp, every day to plan Project, the musical they perform for the rest of camp each session. This session, Project is “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and the campers have planned every aspect of it. With the help of my Assistant Director, Sammy Zola, the Anaf Unit Head, Leslie Gubitz, our Musical Director, Charlene Gubitz, and the rest of Anaf staff, I’ve supervised them every day for the past few weeks, from the auditions on the second day of camp to the dress rehearsal Tuesday night. At the end of the night, I was blown away by how hard each of them had worked, and I know I speak for all of staff when I say how proud I am of what they’ve accomplished. They built an Everlasting Gobstopper machine, painted two backdrops, created Oompa Loompa costumes, and learned songs and choreography. I had high expectations coming in to this job, and nothing they’ve done has surprised me, but every day I am impressed by how much they exceed those expectations. Throughout the session, we’ve encouraged them to understand that no part is too small, and that any work they do is an opportunity to step up and be a leader. Being together every day has brought them together as one unit, enabling them to break out of their cabin groups and meet new people and make new friends, and I’ve loved having the opportunity to watch that happen. I couldn’t wait to see them perform and to see the excitement and pride on their faces as they cheered after the finale.

Leah Finkleman

Project Director