“A summer camp musical that means to be more likable than it is. With music by Adam Spiegel; book by his brother David Spiegel and Stacy Davidowitz; and lyrics by all three, it doesn’t aim high enough. The rare surprises were in the performances, including those of Sophia Gennusa and Maizy Boosin, who powered past a pile of clichés to make their BFF campers into flesh-and-blood 12-year-olds.” Full Review
"A truly delightful new musical about pre-teens navigating the choppy waters of romance at sleepaway camp. While the book and score could use some tightening, this piece of work shows a great deal of promise, with a sensibility that appeals to adults just as much as youngsters...Director Jill Jaysen is perfectly in tune with the subversive sense of humor of the authors. As a result, she guides her young cast to outstanding performances." Full Review
"It's simplistic but cute: not really saying anything, but at least always having a smile on its face…The production matches the writers' breezy material...Then something remarkable happened in Act II: 'All the Songs on My iPod'…Combined with its cheesy but self-aware easy-listening melody, when paired with those corny but honest lyrics and Ignacio's unadorned portrayal, it became the highlight of not just 'Camp Rolling Hills,' but of NYMF 2016 overall." Full Review
"Perfect for community theatre, schools and children’s theatres throughout the country. Unless your child is in the production, it really doesn’t have enough plot or musicality to hold an adult’s attention...The cast is funny and endearing...The book is well-written...The music is catchy...The direction by Jill Jayson keeps the show moving...The perfect show for a place that wants an intelligent children’s musical with a large cast." Full Review
"A musical about retro-camping could be fun if the book, music and lyrics were sophisticated and interesting. Unfortunately, that is not the case...The members of the cast work their best to enliven their characters. They often seem to be unsure of who they are supposed to be or what their 'problems' are alleged to be...This musical does not tug at the heartstrings. Perhaps much of this difficulty relates to Jill Jaysen’s uninspiring direction as well as to the creators’ efforts." Full Review
"Spiegel and Davidowitz allow the relationships of the characters to take center stage. But the characters within are brazen stereotypes...Spiegel and Davidowitz’s book is a bit haphazard, experiencing some minor plot holes...Adam Spiegel’s score is sugary but nothing special…The epitome of kid fun...Director Jaysen has great experience guiding a giant cast of kids…The truth of the situation is that it's marketable. There is a future. There is just a lot of work to be done." Full Review
See it if you have fond memories of summer camp or you like shows based on kids book or with a lot of kids in them.
Don't see it if you don't like shows based on kids book or with so many characters that it is hard to keep track of them all.
See it if You have fond memories of summer camp; you want to see a fluffy musical that's by-the-numbers "find friendship/love at camp" but still fun.
Don't see it if You don't like child actors (even really talented ones), or want to see something that hasn't been done before.
See it if you love camp and want to relive the memories. The cast is adorable and the songs are hilarious. A really fun show.
Don't see it if you only like big budget productions with big sets and lots of costume changes.
See it if Young at heart, teenager, grandma, love kids movies & tv shows. Follow Disney Channel or read young adult books. Boy or girl, like to sing
Don't see it if you hate kids, you hate camp, you hate laughs, you hate musicals
See it if You enjoy a fresh, sweet visit to a tween summer camp -- refreshingly innocent and honest.
Don't see it if You like loud, flashy musicals with wise-cracking children pretending to act like mini-adults.
See it if You love watching great storylines and acting. Also if you love camp
Don't see it if You don't like big musicals with kids making jokes and acting with ambition, and bring the average teen