Sunday, January 2, 2011

Fringe Fave Camp Wanatachi Off-Broadway Premiere

It's a catchy electro-pop musical about an all-girls Christian summer camp - what's not to like? From a variety of sources:

Camp Wanatachi Premieres Off-Broadway at La MaMa E.T.C.
January 21 – February 6, 2011  - First Floor Theatre
By Natalie Elizabeth Weiss
Get your tickets online 

A hit at the New York Fringe Festival, the spirit-soaked and hormone-charged, CAMP WANATACHI makes its Off-Broadway premiere laster this month at the legendary La MaMa E.T.C. Hilarious and provocative, it's an new electro-musical where sex is discovered and unexpected love found at an all-girls Christian summer camp.

Produced by Ian Pai (Grammy nominated co-founder of Blue Man Group, music director of  Fischerspooner), and Bridget Regan (star of Disney-ABC’s Legend of the Seeker), CAMP WANATACHI follows the story of 13 year-old Jana—an impetuous, pubescent, born-again Christian. This summer, Jana’s world is turned upside down when her friendship with Titi O’Malley—a promiscuous, bulimic beauty— challenges her faith and forces her to wrestle with desires she’d rather leave under the covers. Under an idyllic sky and fueled by roasted marshmallows, a cast of eccentric campers and counselors struggle to understand what love truly means.

Written and composed by Natalie Weiss (of Unicornicopia), and featuring electronic music by glitch-hop pioneer Travis Stewart, aka Machinedrum, CAMP WANATACHI packs an unexpected punch, providing a score never-before-heard in musical theater. With a shockingly funny book co-written by Weiss and Bekah Brunstetter (OORAH!, Atlantic Theater Company),CAMP WANATACHI is side-splittingly sincere.

Directed by Matt Cowart (Sondheim: the birthday concert with the New York Philharmonic) with casting by Megan Larche, this new musical “defies all expectations of both coming-of-age tails and musicals. The result is refreshing and uplifting.” (TimeOut New York).

January 21 & 22 - 7:30PM
January 23 - 2:30PM (Matinee)
January 26 to 29 & February 2 to 5 - 7:30PM
January 29 & 30, February 5 & 6- 2:30PM (Matinee)

La MaMa E.T.C.
74A E. 4th Street (Between 2nd Ave and Bowery) New York, NY 10003 (212) 475-7710.

• Tickets cost $18/$13 for Students and Seniors.
• They can be bought over the phone at (212) 475-7710,
• Or in person at La MaMa E.T.C. between noon and 5PM.

Music Video for “Lauren’s Song of Revenge,” a song from CAMP WANATACHI.

Directed by Allie Avital Tsypin.
Music by Machinedrum
Commissioned by Natalie Elizabeth Weiss

Lauren's Song of Revenge from allie tsypin on Vimeo.

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