Point of View

March 9, 2010, 4:53 pm
Filed under: City Theater

City Theatre and the Adrienne Arsht Center will bring something completely new to families this summer with Camp Kappawanna a World Premiere Musical where, from the minute you walk in the door, you feel as if you are back at summer camp. The new musical boasts hip, cool music penned by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb along with a book by South Florida native and rising national star Marco Ramirez.   

Lisa Loeb

Through their partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center, City Theatre held the first reading of Camp Kappawanna on Sunday, February 28, in the Next Generation Greenroom.  City Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Camp Kappawanna conceiver Stephanie Norman introduced the cast and director Sean Paul Bryan to Loeb and Ramirez, who participated live from Los Angeles via Skype.  The assembled audience was treated to three brand-new songs by Loeb and her songwriting partners Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty.  After the reading, attendees were able to speak directly with all artists to discuss the process of creating a show from page to stage. 

Camp Kappawanna is the story of Jennifer Jenkins, awkward and adorable and 12.  She’s going away for the summer – her very first time leaving home.  The piece builds upon City Theatre’s successful collaboration with Loeb on “Best Friend,” heard during last season’s Shorts 4 Kids series.  “Best Friend” is from Lisa Loeb’s self-published Camp Lisa CD, proceeds from which help send kids to camp who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend.    

City Theatre has enjoyed a long relationship with Marco Ramirez, starting with his participation in the company’s KidShorts project to mentor young writers as a student at Coral Reef Senior High, and continuing through his professional career with 7 productions on the festival’s stages.   

Marco Ramirez

City Theatre’s Camp Kappawanna sets out to create a new classic in celebration of the company’s 15th Anniversary Summer Shorts Festival.

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