LISA LOEB IN ATLANTIC THEATER'S CAMP KAPPAWANNA
NEW YORK'S OFF BROADWAY
Atlantic for Kids presents the New York premiere of Camp Kappawanna, a new family musical featuring music and lyrics by Grammy Award® nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty, directed by Atlantic Acting School Artistic Director Alison Beatty, choreographed by MK Lawson (Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money) with musical direction by Nate Weida (Ivy + Bean The Musical).
Camp Kappawanna will play every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. beginning Saturday, March 21, 2015 through Sunday, April 12, 2015, with two weekday performances at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8 and Friday, April 10 at Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street between 8 and 9 Avenues). Running time is approximately one hour with no intermission.
Following the misadventures of 12-year old Jennifer Jenkins, an awkward and adorable 12-year-old kid, 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.
Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum selling number one hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the motion picture Reality Bites. In 2008, Lisa took her talents to the non-profit sector to launch The Camp Lisa Foundation, to help raise funds to send kids to camp. She enlisted her musician pals Kay Hanley, Jill Sobule, Nina Gordon and Steve Martin to record a companion cd, Camp Lisa, and released it via partnership with Barnes and Noble.
Atlantic for Kids has presented fun, quality children’s theater for the past 12 years. In addition to its weekend performances for families, Atlantic for Kids has welcomed thousands of NYC public school children to see weekday performances. These performances include talk backs with cast members and discussions about the theme of the play.
TICKET INFORMATION: Single tickets to Camp Kappawanna start at $15 for Kids (ages 10 and under) and $20 for Adults. Group tickets are also available. To purchase, please visit atlantictheater.org or call Ovation Tix at (866) 811-4111.
Camp Kappawanna is best suited for ages 7 to 11, while kids and adults of all ages are welcome.
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.
Dan Petty (Music & Lyrics) After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Dan moved to New York City and quickly became one of the most sought after session guitar players in town, recording and/or touring with the likes of Britney Spears, Shawn Colvin, LeAnn Rimes, Joan Osborne, Jessica Simpson, Curt Smith of Tears For Fears and many others. When not working as a sideman, Dan was busy touring with his own band, Marry Me Jane which made two records for Sony, the first being the soundtrack to the Sarah Jessica Parker movie “If Lucy Fell.” After moving to Los Angeles in 2002, Dan turned his attention towards song writing and production working with artists such as Lisa Loeb, Audra MacDonald and Lucy Woodward. Recently, he has written the theme song for the Nickelodeon show “See Dad Run,” all the songs for Disney’s “Club Penguin’ and is part of the writing/production team for “Doc McStuffins,” now in its third season on Disney Jr.
Cusi Cram (Music & Lyrics) Cusi Cram’s plays have been produced by: Primary Stages, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Williamstown Theater Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Denver Theater Center, and New Georges, among many others. She is currently a 2014-15 Audrey Resident at New Georges, where she is developing a new play entitled, Forgiven, which she will also direct. She has received three Emmy award nominations for her extensive writing in children’s television, most notably for WGBH’s, Arthur. She was also a writer on the Showtime series The Big C, starring Laura Linney. She recently wrote and directed her first film, Wild & Precious in conjunction with AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, where she was awarded The Adrienne Shelly and Nancy Malone Awards. She teaches dramatic writing in the Fordham/Primary Stages MFA Writing Program.
Peter Hirsch (Music & Lyrics) is the Executive Editor of Content for cafe.com, a new human-interest digital magazine. Before that he was the head writer for the PBS animated series, Arthur. He has written for children’s television for twenty years, has won seven Emmys and is thrilled to be working with his talented wife Cusi Cram on this project.
Alison Beatty (Director) is the current School Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, where she programs and produces a season of 15 shows annually with Atlantic’s conservatory acting students, as well as two Atlantic for Kids productions. Additionally, she has directed/choreographed several Atlantic for Kids musicals including Ivy + Bean The Musical (NY Premiere), The Hundred Dresses (NY Premiere), Miss Nelson is Missing, and Really Rosie and served as choreographer on productions of Tilly the Trickster (World Premiere), The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (NY Premiere), No Dogs Allowed (World Premiere), Strega Nona, The Big Stew, and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.
MK Lawson (Choreographer) has been working as a choreographer, director, and actor in and around New York for the last five years. Over the years she has provided choreography for a number of NYU productions including Carousel, the Marvin Hamlisch tribute production of Sweet Smell of Success, and the New York premiere of The Fix. As a director/choreographer, she has staged productions of Smile, Bat Boy: the Musical, Celebration, and See What I Wanna See. MK has also directed a number of new works and concerts around NYC including works by Joshua H. Cohen, Caleb Hoyer, Will Reynolds, and Joe Iconis. MK directed, choreographed, and co-conceived the original revue One Step Closer: the music of Alan Menken and more recently co-conceived and directed the 54 Below concert entitled Unsung Menken, which boasted the talents of Debbie Gravitte, Liz Larsen, and Jack Noseworthy among others. MK also enjoys teaching young people about musicals, and is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty at NYU Steinhardt.
Nate Weida (Musical Director) is a composer and writer living in Hell’s Kitchen. His last two musicals were Byuioo (2013), produced by Pipeline Theatre Company at The Gym at Judson, and The New Hopeville Comics (2009), performed at the Chernuchin Theatre. He was recently musical director for the Atlantic for Kids production of Ivy + Bean The Musical. His music for Fordham University’s production of Brecht’s Life of Galileo was performed at Lincoln Center in 2011. He is a member of and regular contributor to services at Judson Church. He currently plays in a bluegrass band called “Great Dog Almighty” and is writing an epic poem called I’s Twinkle.