We catch up with Director of "Camp Rock" – Leah Osbourn to talk about the Disney Musical.
TP: What is "Camp Rock" about?
Leah: This musical is based on the hit Disney Channel Original Movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. A classic story of rivalry and power, Disney's "Camp Rock, the Musical" opens with Mitchie and her friends arriving at Camp Rock ready to spend another summer jamming out and having the time of their lives. But the new, flashy Camp Star across the lake now threatens Camp Rock’s very existence. To keep the doors open, Mitchie steps up, rallies her fellow Camp Rockers, and gets them into top shape for the ultimate showdown!
TP: What’s the appeal of this show for audiences?
Leah: Whilst this is show is based on a Combination of the two Disney Camp Rock Movies, it is still a new musical without a large theatre fan base within Australia. However it is a high energy, rock style musical with music you can’t help but dance along too in your seat. The cast consists of strong singers doing incredible dance routines which will have the audience leaving the theatre with smiles on their faces. Plus for those true Disney fans it features popular songs, “This Is Me,” “Can’t Back Down,” and “It’s On,”. It’s suitable for all ages which is perfect for the summer school holidays.
TP: What has the rehearsal period been like?
Leah: I have been in awe of the dedication and hard work that each cast member has shown throughout the entire rehearsal period and it has definitely paid off. With minimal rehearsal time compared to previous People’s Playhouse productions and scheduling issues, this incredible teenage cast were able to learn 10 of their dance routines in just 6 weeks! Like true professionals, these teens have been able to perform each number with confidence and excitement, you can feel the energy in every move as if they have been rehearsing these numbers for months. It’s inspiring.
TP: What are the challenges in staging this show?
Leah: As previously mentioned the movies are not that well known in Australia and as the show is a rock style musical, almost with a concert style feel- it is a priority to ensure that the audience is following the storyline. It’s a great show for a company to produce as there are 16 named leads in the show as well as a large ensemble which then poses concerns with stage space and sound levels so we have really focused on utilising mics and the stage/set to ensure that all cast are heard and seen throughout the show.
TP: What do you have planned regarding set/costumes etc?
Leah: As Camp Rock has a Rock Musical feel, lighting has played a major part in the concert style set design for this show. Lighting plays a big part in showing the difference between Camp Rock and their rivals Camp Star and transition music also allows for smooth set changes between the two camps. Costumes was a challenge as the characters are attending a Summer Camp and you want to ensure each cast member looks like they are still in costume and not just arrived from home with the clothes they are wearing. The cast seem to have really enjoyed being able to work with the production team in selecting their own costume pieces and deciding on what outfits would suit their character.
6. What is your favourite moment/s in the show and why?
That is a very difficult question! It’s always nice to see the guy get the girl, for me the two standout songs are “Introducing Me” and “Wouldn’t Change a thing”. However the special lighting effects and creative choreography also makes the production number “Fire” a highlight of the show.