The Rocky Hock Players have scheduled four performances at Camp Cale in Perquimans County

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The Rocky Hock Players have scheduled four performances at Camp Cale in Perquimans County

Rocky Hock Players plan Camp Cale shows

By Peter Williams

The Perquimans Weekly

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HERTFORD — An Edenton-based Christian musical dinner theater group is planning to present four performances this year at Camp Cale in Perquimans County.

The Rocky Hock Playhouse usually performs at the Leon Nixon Catering banquet facilities in Edenton. A majority of the shows will still be held there, but the group will also perform at the Perquimans venue in March, August, October and December.

The first event is “For God So Loved...” on March 29 at 6 p.m. There will also be a performance of “Simon Peter: Fisher of Men” on Aug. 9.

On Oct. 4, Camp Cale will host “Blessed Assurance: The Fanny Crosby Story.” On Dec. 6 “Good Tidings of Great Joy” will be performed at Cale.

The Edenton group will be performing in other locations as well. “Joseph The Dreamer” will be presented at College of The Albemarle’s Performing Arts Center three times in June. It will also be the host for four performances of “A Christmas Carol” in December.

The Camp Cale performances as well as those at COA and in Smithfield will not include the dinner part of the program, just the performance. As such, the price is lower. Camp Cale tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 for children 12 and under and $15 each for groups of 10 or more. Tickets for the full dinner theater in Edenton run between $10.95 and $11.95 higher.

Matt Thomas, the camp director, said the performances are a welcome addition. They will provide revenue to the camp, which completed the conference center last year. They will also showcase just what Cale has to offer.

The Playhouse event in March is one of three events on the schedule for Camp Cale. On March 21-22 there will be benefit concerts to raise money to erect new bunkhouses at the camp.

The camp wants to erect two new bunkhouses. They are estimated to cost about $250,000 each and $40,000 has been raised so far.

Cale hosted 300 campers last year. That was 50 more last year. At present the camp could handle about 400 campers, but the goal this summer is 360.

Camp Cale is located about eight miles from the intersection of New Hope Road and U.S. 17. It was created by the Chowan Baptists Association and has been open to campers since 1963.

Jeff and Gloria Emmerich, the owners of the Rocky House group, have performed personally in Perquimans County, but the entire group has not.

Jeff Emmerich liked what he saw with the conference center at Cale.

“I was real impressed with the new building,” he said. “It’s well equipped to do the shows we talked about.”

Emmerich said most of the people who attend a Rocky Hock show come from within 75 miles of Edenton.