It's a Place for Glee: I Learned Rock & Roll at a JKCP Summer Program

Posted by Rebecca Fox Starr on May 22, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Rock and Roll at Julian Krinsky Camps and ProgramsAs I wrote before, I have a long, colorful, memorable and fantastic history with Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs. From my first week with Jolene to directing shows on the Shipley stage, there was never a dull, or undramatic, moment.


In the late 1990s when I was still at Creative and Performing Camp at the Haverford Friends School, I had the opportunity to work with a phenomenal musician named Derek from the UK. He was everything that Jolene was not; He was gritty where she was polished; he was rock where she was Broadway. With Derek I would learn all about Oasis and Lou Reed. 

He had me sing "Don't Look Back in Anger" 


and "Wonderwall"


...which were totally new to me, as I had never before performed true rock songs.

Derek was a guitar player, and an original songwriter. It was with his guidance that I wrote the long-since-buried Theme Song. Back then, the JKCP summer program was called JKST.

It went a little something like this:

JKST Summer,
It's a place for glee,
Julian and Adrian,
their ideas work for me!
Singing and acting and dancing galore,
you won't want to leave it you'll always want more!

JKST Summer,
All of the counselors are fun,
they always try to make camp great
from warm-up 'til when day is done,
Singing and dancing and acting galore,
you won't want to leave it you'll always want more!



Perhaps, with enough coaxing, you'll get me to sing it for you someday. But, until then, I can look back fondly at my summer with a rebellious, unkempt, supremely talented guitarist who was able to teach this sheltered suburban girl all about Rock and Roll.

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