Starring: Daniel Letterle (Vlad), Joanna Chilcoat (Ellen), Robin De Jesus (Michael), Steven Cuffs (Shaun), Kahiry Bess (Petie), Vince Rimoldi (Spitzer), Tiffany Taylor (Jenna), Sasha Allen (Dee), Alana Allen (Jill), Anna Kendrick (Fritzy), Don Dixon (Bert) and Stephen Sondheim (as himself).
THEATRE GEEKS: THE MUSICAL
I came across Camp by way of a friend who was thumbing through my La Cage aux Folles Playbill. "That's the kid from Camp!" she exclaimed. Never having seen the film (apparently I lose my "gay card" and my "theatre snob card" for this), I had no idea she was talking about Robin De Jesus. Discussion ensued, and I mentioned that Anna Kendrick is also someone of import (Tony nominee - High Society, Oscar nominee - Up in the Air and co-star in the Twilight films - she plays Bella's non-vampire BFF), not to mention Sasha Allen (Hair), and in smaller roles, Tracee Beazer (Memphis, Hairspray) and DeQuina Moore (Legally Blonde, Little Shop of Horrors). Further inspection of the movie on http://www.imdb.com/ got me even more surprises - Todd Graff, star of Baby, wrote, produced and directed the film, Jerry Mitchell co-choreographed it, and none other that Stephen Sondheim appears in a cameo role. No wonder my "cards" were called into question!
And so I watched the movie - twice. And here are my thoughts.
So, Camp is a romp for theatre lovers - the "show" scenes will tickle you; it is a trip down memory lane for every serious (and weren't we all?) high school actor. Had it been a tad deeper and probing, the adult in me would be raving about it. But I'm thrilled that as stereotype full as it is, it manages not to be insulting or condescending. And that's probably because Mr. Graff lived this summer himself years ago.
(Photos from MGM/IFC Films)
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