“FRESH and FUNNY new musical! EXPERTLY DIRECTED with ABUNDANT HUMOR and HEART!” — The New York Times
“CLEVER JOKES and INFECTIOUS SONGS, what makes Camp Kappawanna better than your average kids’ show is its INVENTIVE STAGING delivered in a FRESH and ENGAGING way. I WANT TO SING ITS PRAISES AND ITS CATCHY TUNES TO ALL FAMILIES!” — Mommy Poppins
“NOTHING SEEMS BETTER than a Lisa Loeb camp musical! GO SEE CAMP KAPPAWANNA! Could anything sound better?” — The Huffington Post
music & lyrics by LISA LOEB, MICHELLE LEWIS, DAN PETTY
book by CUSI CRAM & PETER HIRSCH
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am
& Wednesday, April 8/Friday, April 10, 10:30am
Running Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes no intermission
Following the misadventures of 12-year old Jennifer Jenkins, Camp Kappawanna portrays the fear and excitement of leaving home for the first time. This lighthearted musical, inspired by Lisa Loeb’s own nostalgic summer camp memories, has an acoustic sound that will take you back to nights spent around the camp fire.
LYDIAN BLOSSOM (Betty Tibaldi) Past roles include Amy March in Women (BethDies Inc. Hollywood Fringe Festival), Susie in the original musical, Molly Bloom-Lately (Galapagos Arts Space), and Bubbe in The Flying Latke (The Flea Theatre). She loves hiking, swimming, singing around campfires, and her cat, Lyca. BA, Sarah Lawrence College. Artistic Associate, Calliope Theatre Company.
KATIE BRADY (Tina) Katie Brady graduated the Musical Theatre Program at Marymount Manhattan College (2014). Favorite credits include co-starring in Oxygen’s new T.V. comedy series, My Crazy Love, and appearing as Harriet Pemberton (Orphan Train) at Grand Central Station. Katie’s eager to relive her greatest childhood memories with the Camp Kappawanna company. www.katiebrady.com
SAVANNAH DESORMEAUX (Jane) Savannah DesOrmeaux, a Louisiana native, is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch Drama and Atlantic Acting School where she played Mary in The Children’s Hour and Celia in As You Like It. Plus, check out her witching skills in American Horror Story: Coven! Her fondest summer camp memory is setting the camp record for highest propel off the blob. Props to her family and friends who make life so very good.
NATHANIEL JANIS (Maximus) is a graduate of Yale University. Favorite camp activities include tubing, ping pong, and blindfold ATV races. Nathaniel has recently appeared in: Afterland (Yale Institute for Music Theatre), Sleepy Hollow (Player’s Theatre), and Dust Can’t Kill Me (NY Fringe). He is thrilled to be back at camp for his Atlantic debut!
MARA MEASOR (Jenny) Mara Measor is thrilled to be a Kappawanna camper! Raised in Hong Kong, Mara received her training at NYU (B.F.A.). In her free time, she performs as a singer-songwriter with her guitar and ukelele around the city. Credits: Bluebird (Atlantic Theatre Co), Blue Bloods (CBS).
FAYE REX (Veronica) Contrary to popular belief, Faye Rex is not a stage name. This is the real-life name of a real-life girl who was born in NYC, bred in New Jersey and is now an NYU Tisch Atlantic Acting School graduate living in Brooklyn. Faye never got to go to camp, but is so excited to have the chance now at the Linda Gross Theater!
ANTHONY RITOSA (Chad Banks) Anthony Ritosa is a veteran Atlantic for Kids actor, having performed in both Books Cook! and Revolting Rhymes under theatre counselor Elizabeth Swados’ fearless direction. His favorite camp activities include winning limbo competitions, excelling in trampoline routines, and perfecting his flying trapeze skills. Thanks Mom, Dad, and all my best friends!
WESLEY ZURICK (Nick) Wesley Zurick is an alumni of the conservatory at the Atlantic Acting School. He is thrilled to be returning for his second show at Atlantic for Kids. Other recent credits include The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Playhouse on Park), Gods and Kings (Other Mirror Theatre), and I’s Twinkle (Pipeline Theatre Company). Best Director at the Strawberry Theatre Festival 2013. In his spare time he is a playwright, and composer. He also teaches music at Brooklyn College Campus After School, and the Atlantic Acting School.
LISA LOEB (Music & Lyrics) Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb was catapulted into early success with the platinum-selling No.1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You),” and went on to record eight acclaimed albums. She is also author of Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children’s Books, October 2011), which won a Parent’s Choice Award. Lisa’s dynamic career encompasses music, film, television, an eyewear collection, award-winning children’s recordings, and work on behalf of her charity, the Camp Lisa Foundation.
MICHELLE LEWIS (Music & Lyrics) The daughter of a renowned jazz musician and a first-call studio singer, Michelle Lewis has written songs for well-known pop artists like Cher, Shawn Colvin and Amy Grant. She has written several top-10 hits, including most recently, “Wings” by Little Mix, in 2012 and has had her songs recorded by an impressive array of artists, including Demi Lovato, R5, Kelly Osbourne, The Backstreet Boys, and Better Than Ezra among many others. Recently, she has expanded her talents to include creating music-based television shows with her writing partner, Kay Hanley and composing all of the original music for Disney’s “Club Penguin” and Disney Jr’s hit series, “Doc McStuffins.” She also writes songs for Bubble Guppies, Wally Kazam, Dora and Friends, Shake It Up and other popular children’s series. Over the past few years, she and her husband Dan Petty have collaborated with Lisa Loeb to write two music-based books and an album of camp songs, called Camp Lisa.