Exclusive ~ Lisa Loeb Takes Families On A Trip To Camp Kappawanna

Lisa Loeb’s first theatrical production – Camp Kappawanna – recounts her musical journey as a kid in summer camp

Families can take a fantastic trip to Camp Kappawanna this summer—well…really it’s a musical that will transport you to summer camp with cool music by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb.

Camp Kappawanna marks Grammy® Award-nominated multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter (and new mom!) Lisa Loeb’s first musical production. She launched her career in 1994 with the No. 1 hit song, “Stay (I Missed You).” Loeb created Camp Kappawanna’s music and lyrics along with collaborators Dan Petty and Michelle Lewis. The work celebrates her days at camp, where she first learned to play the guitar.

Loeb is a strong believer in the importance of helping others, so she created the Camp Lisa Foundation which raises money to send children to experience summer camp who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Lisa is also thrilled about the upcoming release of her first book with Sterling Publishing, “Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs” being released in Fall 2011. She also guest stars as parrot princess, Winger, in Disney Junior series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”

I had the chance to speak with Lisa about music, summer camp, and kids. Lisa gave me a snapshot of her first time at camp – it was the 1980s and she was about 14 years old. Her counselor lent her a guitar and she was hooked – she came back to camp the following year lugging her very own guitar.

Camp can breed independence in kids,” Loeb explains.

Her daughter loves to be social and in the outdoors, so Lisa sees herself sending her daughter off to summer camp in the near future. Throughout our conversation, Lisa referred to how important music and the arts are in a child’s life.

“The arts should be integrated into daily life.”

Loeb also feels that the arts should be viewed as a casual thing – so that kids don’t feel the pressure of having to be an expert piano player or professional artist.

And for those parents worried about sending their kids off to camp, Lisa has some advice:

“Check the camp out and see if you trust them.”

That should be the gut-check indicator that the kids will be okay there.


About the musical

Camp Kappawanna tells the story of Jennifer Jenkins. She is going away for the summer – her very first time away from home. Off the bat, the musical makes audiences of all generations feel as if they are joining in the wackiness of camp.

Stephanie Norman, City Theatre Producing Artistic Director, conceived Camp Kappawanna as a family musical for many generations to celebrate summer.”Camp Kappawanna brings to the community a warm and witty theatrical work that combines top tier creative talent with a family friendly story that will appeal to all generations,” said Stephanie Norman.

Camp Kappawanna show dates:

A Lisa Loeb Muscial
Book by Marco Ramirez
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Loeb, Michelle Lewis, and Dan Petty 
Commissioned by City Theatre.

Carnival Studio Theatre (in the Ziff Ballet Opera House)

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
June 15-26, 2011

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL
July 1-3, 2011

Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

For ticket information please visit http://www.citytheatre.com/.

GIVEAWAY: Thanks to Lisa Loeb, we were lucky enough to snag 4 tickets to this new theatrical performance! If you are in the Florida area or are planning to visit in the next little while, be sure to enter! The winner can choose from any of the Camp K shows in either Arsht or Broward.

TO ENTER: What are your opinions on sending kids to camp? Is there a certain age that you would allow them to go, if at all? If not, why not?