Innovation, Imagination, and Intrigue: A Summer of Sensational Saturday Night Shows – Part II

By Corinne Alsop

The second Saturday Night Show of 2018 brought a charming adaptation of Boyhood entitled Buckhood. This show was written, directed, and narrated by seasoned Pine Island thespian and senior camper Buck Livingston. Teddy Mottur takes the stage, portraying the charming Young Buck. Soon, he meets Ben Swan (Victor Clamageran). Clamageran’s Swan is strong and captivating. Young Buck then finds his way to tentmate David Effron, whose welcoming attitude is portrayed well by Eamonn Daniels. Eventually, Young Alex Lanoff (Ben Lew) and Young Will Napolitano (Luke Beatie) enter the scene: the trio of actors’ camaraderie and goofiness parallels the real-life bond between the three boys. They begin their rise to fame as campfire performers in the skit series “The Expandables,” which in real life extended over five summers. Then Buck (Max Klivans), Lanoff (Alec Ritchie), and Napolitano (Arthur de Rochefort) take the stage as the winsome threesome, a few years older and wiser, while they struggle through a heroic downfall, which includes a terrible Maine Woodsman experience, campwide skit-fatigue, and the trio’s breakup because of Expedition Camp. Klivans, Ritchie, and de Rochefort bring truth and maturity to their portrayal of the tragic heroes. The mood is kept light and jovial, however, through Livingston’s expertly written and delivered narration. And it’s a happy ending for all: the trio is asked to produce one last skit that earns them such fame and glory that Ben Swan asks Buck to take over his job as Director, with Lanoff and Napolitano as Assistant Directors. A heartwarming tale, expertly acted, narrated, and directed entirely by campers. 

Meet our 2019 Staff – Matt Miller

Head Rowing Instructor

Matt Miller is a sophomore at Emerson College from Reading, MA, and he returns as our Head Rowing Instructor this summer. Rowing can be tricky business. There’s a lot to getting the technique down. Matt is a great teacher. He helps campers achieve their rowing goals and reach the skill and comfort level needed to tackle our most advanced rowing trip: ONG-BAK – O.A.R. Navigators Going Backward Along the Kennebec. He’s also a superb Saturday Night Show director, and a Wilderness First Responder. This will be Matt’s 9th summer at Pine Island. His father, Peter Miller, is an alumnus.

PIC Goes to the World Cup

By John Treadwell, age 13

It’s a rare occasion when Pine Island campers get to watch T.V.  But for two days in July a small group of campers got to go to Applebee’s in Waterville to watch World Cup games.

Saturday, July 7th started as a normal day at camp waiting in the activity line when Sumner asked to talk to me.  He told me that since I had listened faithfully to many World Cup games on the radio, I could go watch the semifinal game between France and Belgium.

Tense moments listening to the World Cup

Our group consisted of all the French boys and a few other faithful World Cup followers.  We also got to watch the finals on Sunday, July 15, when France and Croatia played.  All the French boys went crazy when France won the World Cup.  France had only won once before in 1998.  It was great to share this exciting victory with the French campers.  We were greeted by the cheers of the whole camp when we returned to the island after Sunday’s game.

World Cup fans are welcomed back to Pine Island

This article was first published in the 2018 edition of The Mid-Summer Pine Needle and most recently in the 2019 edition of The Pine Needle.

Meet our 2019 Staff – Corinne Alsop

Head Canoeing Instructor

Corinne Alsop is a sophomore at NYU from Cornville, ME, and she returns as our Head Canoeing Instructor this summer. Not only is Corinne skilled at preparing campers for trips on the lakes and rivers of Maine, including the coveted Allagash Wilderness Waterway, but she brings a wealth of thespian talents, including an incredible singing voice, to our nightly campfires and Saturday Night Shows. Corinne is also a Wilderness First Responder. This will be her 3rd summer at Pine Island. Her father, John Alsop, is an alumnus.


We’ll introduce more of our fabulous staff members in the coming weeks.