Saturday August 19, 2023
15 Swanston St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Language/ Cultural Consultant
A ragtag cast and crew of theatre nerds bring extra drama to save their beloved summer camp in this uproarious mockumentary.
When an unfortunate lighting effect at a middle-school production sends revered summer-camp director Joan (Amy Sedaris) into a coma, it could be curtains for her cash-strapped musical theatre program. Joan’s son Troy, a social-media finance grifter, has no idea about musical theatre, and a rival summer camp is eyeing off the property. So to the histrionic misfits who work as camp instructors, the solution is obvious: they’ll put on a show!
Winner of Sundance’s US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble, Theater Camp is the brainchild of show-pony pals clearly adlibbing out their own adolescence – and it lands. Power couple Nick Lieberman and Molly Gordon (Booksmart) make their feature directing debut and co-wrote this blend of Waiting for Guffman and Wet Hot American Summer with Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) and Noah Galvin (The Real O’Neals), the last three of whom also have key onscreen roles. Boosting the film’s cast are rising comedy stars Jimmy Tatro (Home Economics), Ayo Edebiri (The Bear; The Sweet East, MIFF 2023) and Patti Harrison (Together Together, MIFF 2021), along with Minari’s tiny, delightful breakout Alan Kim. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You might even sing and dance!
“Sidesplitting … A quick-witted crowd-pleaser [that] is both mischievously critical and adoring of the microcosm it depicts.” – The Wrap
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