Production History

On Tour Company, Calhoun High School

Merrick, NY, 2020

Hoboken Children's Theater 

Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken, NJ, 2019

 

London District Catholic School Board

London, Ontario, 2019

Camp Tranquility

Earlton, NY, 2018

West Windsor Plainsboro North + South High Schools

New Jersey, 2018

 

New York Musical Festival

Pearl Theatre Company, Manhattan, 2016

 

Center Stage Theater

East Coast Premiere

Westport, Connecticut, 2016

 

Rancho Bernardo High School

World Premiere

San Diego, CA, 2016

 

New York Musical Festival

Next Link Project Finalist, 2013

 

Equity Showcase / Workshop (w/ adult actors) 

Dir. Rachel Dart / Ripley Grier, NYC, 2012

 

NEXT Concert Series (w/ adult actors)

Dir. Adam Spiegel / Laurie Beechman, NYC, 2012

 

Workshop (song selections w/ tween actors)

Triple Threat Theatre Camp, NJ, 2012

 

Workshop (song selections w/ teen actors) 

Dir. Rachel Dart / Prospect Theater Summer Intensive, Brooklyn, 2012

 

 

Camp Rolling Hills

Music & Lyrics by Adam Spiegel 
Book & Lyrics by David Spiegel & Stacy Davidowitz 

When 12-year-old Robert Benjamin is sent away to Camp Rolling Hills by his newly-divorced parents, he resents being stuck in a strange place with a bunch of enthusiastic weirdos who've nicknamed him "Smelly." Before too long, he starts to love camp and everything that comes with it as he learns to play guitar, finds first love, and finally gains the respect and admiration of his bunkmates. Along with the rest of the 12-year-old campers of San Juan Hill and Anita Hill Cabins, Smelly ends up having the greatest summer his life, breaking the rules, making lifelong friends, and learning important life lessons along the way. 

 

Camp Rolling Hills is a family friendly musical suitable to be performed by teens, adults, or both. Written for an ensemble cast of 8 men and 8 women (6 boy campers, 6 girl campers, their counselors, and the directors--a kooky husband-and-wife duo) with plenty of flexibility for an optional unlimited ensemble.

 

Publication

Steele Spring Stage Rights


 

Camp Rolling Hills - Ensemble
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Boyfriend - Anita Hill Girls Cabin
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Letter Writing - Ensemble
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Backstage - Jenny, Play Dough, Ensemble
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Alma Mater - San Juan Hill Boys Cabin
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All the Songs On My iPod Make Me Think Of You - Smelly & Slimey
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A Different Definition of Cool - San Juan Hill Boys Cabin
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Nickname - San Juan Hill Boys Cabin
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Everybody's Good At Something - Rick & Smelly
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A Reason To Smile - Slimey & Smelly
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Slow Song - TJ & The Captain
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Raid - Ensemble
00:00 / 00:00
Chicks Before Boys - Jenny & Jamie
00:00 / 00:00
iPod Reprise - Smelly
00:00 / 00:00
It's Always Summer Somewhere - Rick, Sara, Ensemble
00:00 / 00:00

The Cast Recording:

Alison Grace Bradbury, Raja Burrows, Richard Chagnon, Stacy Davidowitz, Carly Frankel, Chris Harbur, Adam Lerman, Tara Novie, Liam Rhodes, Adam Spiegel, Rebecca Weiner, Mathieu Whitman, Melissa Zimmerman.

Demo recorded by Jim Morgan. 

The hormones are in full force at Camp Rolling Hills, a truly delightful new musical about pre-teens navigating the choppy waters of romance at sleepaway camp. The book shows a great deal of promise with a sensibility that appeals to adults as much as youngsters. Spiegel and Davidowitz's book is deliciously tongue-in-cheek, while their lyrics are super smart (case in point: a song called "Chicks Before Boys.") Spiegel provides a jazzy score that's very likeable. 

Director Jill Jaysen is perfectly in tune with the subversive sense of humor of the authors. As the romantic leads, Ignacio (The King and I) and Tulchin (Matilda) make a lovely pair. Their work is even more commendable, considering how young they are, when we realize how invested we are of their puppy love working out. In the main supporting role, Sophia Gennusa (one of the original Tony-honored Matildas) is superbly funny, with a line delivery wise beyond her years. 

With such enthusiasm from the rest of its young cast, Camp Rolling Hills is the place to be. It takes us back to our glory days of summer, when all we wanted to do was hang out, make friends, and have a lot of laughs along the way.

 

TheaterMania

New York, NY

Camp Rolling Hills is one of the smartest shows I know. Together with a talented cast of youngsters Camp Rolling Hills is perfect for community theatre, schools, and children’s theaters throughout the country. The book is well written. The music is catchy. The choreography is perfect. The direction keeps the show moving. The cast is funny and endearing. Altogether this is the perfect show for a place who wants an intelligent children’s musical with a large cast.

Times Square Chronicles

New York, NY

"All the Songs on My iPod" is a searingly straightforward declaration of affection...could not possibly work better or hit harder...when paired with those...honest lyrics and Ignacio's unadorned portrayal, it became the highlight of not just Camp Rolling Hills - a Musical, but of New York Musical Festival 2016 overall....I involuntarily wiped away a tear. At the Festival, as at camp, you never know what you'll find if you keep your eyes and your heart open.

Talkin' Broadway

New York, NY

Under the exceptional direction of Jill Jaysen, this celebration of all things pre-teen summer features a bright score, smart lyrics, and a tight, comic pace.
 
The sizeable cast of young adults feature some of the best at-age acting of NYMF’s year. James Ignacio as Smelly makes a wonderful coming-of-age protagonist. Beatrice Tulchin plays the romantic interest, Slimey. Her heartfelt and intuitive scenes prove her wise beyond her years. All of the pre-teens wow, each with their own fully fleshed-out and textured characters.

The excitement of the cast’s sheer talent and zest makes Camp Rolling Hills more than worth the price of admission.

Theater Pizzazz

New York, NY

Camp Rolling Hills the musical...[is] a series of charming, genuinely funny vignettes starring genuinely funny kids. There are a staggering amount of talented children on this stage...the real highlight is just watching these young people have fun. 

NYMF Unauthorized

New York, NY

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