Jeannine DesRoches has lots of memories about attending summer camp as a kid, from what she had to pack to what she ate.
And of course, there are songs that children and their parents are encouraged to sing along to while shaking pebbles in a plastic water bottle. Unfortunately technical difficulties on opening night meant a lot of the lyrics weren’t shown on the screen so the sing-alongs didn’t quite materialize as planned.
Some of the other technical aspects of the 60-minute show (it says 75 in the program) were poorly executed: DesRoches repeatedly fumbled with a remote control to get songs to play on the radio and her videos of outdoor scenes were too wide to fit on the screen.
DesRoches is a likable, spunky performer and a good storyteller who needs to get away from the distracting audio-visual elements and stick to spinning a good yarn if she wants to keep the attention of her intended audience.
From the official Fringe program:
Listen, watch and sing along! (If you like.)
Come to Summer Camp! Learn about conservation! Here lie stories to tell, dreams to inspire, music to sing. Funny, calming, sometimes scary, but always fun! Recycled shaker eggs provided.
RECOMMENDED: Family Friendly
KIDS VENUE - School of Contemporary Dancers 211 Bannatyne Ave (Crocus bldg.)
Discount Tickets: $5 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), Fringe performers; groups of 4 kids or more, adults get discount rate
Babes in arms permitted.