While Tecumseh specializes in outdoor athletics and other outdoor activities, camp also offers several more “cultural” activities.
Several nights a year, campers and counselors gather in “The Opera House” to watch some of the campers and counselors perform on stage. Some of the acts are musical in nature, some acts are well rehearsed short plays and some acts are (unfortunately) total bombs that incur the good natured wrath of the audience.
The last weekend of the summer sees The Opera House packed with campers and their parents, along with the counselors, directors and many alumni, all of whom are there to see the annual Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta. Each year, about 70 of the campers and counselors put on a well rehearsed G & S Operetta, under the direction of the Tecumseh Drama Instructor. Participation in the annual Operetta is purely optional although many of the veterans enjoy being a part of this tradition.
The Gilbert and Sullivan tradition at Tecumseh started back in 1930 and has continued almost every year since. Among the Gilbert and Sullivan shows that have been performed over the year are: The Pirates Of Penzance, The Mikado, The Sorcerer, H.M.S. Pinafore, Patience and Iolanthe.
Rehersals take place regularly throughout the summer so that the campers and counselors will (hopefully) have their lines ready by opening night. Because Tecumseh is an all boys camp, the female leads are often a difficult task, and only the bravest of Tecumseh people audition for these parts.