- Key takeaways:
- The screenplay of Theater Camp, written by Gordon, Lieberman, Platt, and Galvin, is excellent and provides memorable moments.
- The ensemble cast of comedic actors and talented younger performers is the real highlight of Theater Camp, with great chemistry and believable relationships.
- Ben Platt shines as Amos Klobuchar, the head of drama at the camp, showcasing his talent as both an actor and a screenwriter/producer.
The comedic mockumentary Theater Camp features a talented ensemble of actors to portray its group of camp counselors and young campers. Directed by Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman, Theater Camp follows Troy Rubinsky, who must take over operations at AdirondACTS, a theater summer camp, after his mother, the camp’s co-founder, slips into a coma. Together with the camp’s staff, Troy tries to keep the camp running as usual, though his personality clashes with the campers and staff. Theater Camp is a hilarious movie that has been praised for its depiction of theater camp, and for the way it balances humor with heart.
Theater Camp‘s screenplay, written by Gordon, Lieberman, Ben Platt, and Noah Galvin, is great, providing plenty of memorable moments. However, the real reason why Theater Camp works so well is because of its excellent ensemble cast. The cast consists of many great comedic actors, as well as talented younger performers. The cast plays off each other quite well, making the characters’ relationships with each other believable and entertaining to watch. Though some cast members get more time to shine than others, everyone’s contributions to the film are great.
Ben Platt As Amos Klobuchar
Ben Platt plays Amos Klobuchar, the head of drama at the camp. He’s close friends with Rebecca-Diane and is very passionate about theater and teaching. Platt also serves as a screenwriter and producer on the film. Platt is well-known for his work in theater, especially the title role in Dear Evan Hansen. His on-screen projects include Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 as well as the Ryan Murphy series The Politician.
Molly Gordon As Rebecca-Diane
The Bear‘s Molly Gordon plays Rebecca-Diane, the very spiritual head of music theory at AdirondACTS. She also co-directed, co-wrote, and co-produced the movie. Her past film projects include the Olivia Wilde film Booksmart, Good Boys, and the Emma Seligman-directed Shiva Baby. Aside from The Bear, her other TV roles include the TNT drama Animal Kingdom and recurring roles on Ramy and Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.
Noah Galvin As Glenn Winthrop
Noah Galvin plays Glenn, the quiet and overworked stage manager who secretly wants to be in the spotlight. Galvin previously starred in the ABC sitcom The Real O’Neals and is currently Dr. Asher Wolke on the medical drama The Good Doctor. He’s also been in Booksmart and voiced the character of Jerbo on The Owl House.
Jimmy Tatro As Troy Rubinsky
Jimmy Tatro plays Troy Rubinsky, Joan’s aspiring business influencer son who doesn’t know anything about the world of theater but learns to truly care about the camp. Tatro is well known for his role in American Vandal season 1, a mockumentary where he starred as Dylan Maxwell. Tatro can also be seen in Bad Education, The King of Staten Island, Home Economics, The Afterparty, and The Real Bros of Simi Valley.
Caroline Aaron As Rita Cohen
Caroline Aaron plays Rita, the camp manager of AdirondACTS. She helps Troy run the camp in Joan’s absence. Her previous projects include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Transparent, Frasier, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street, Sleepless in Seattle, Edward Scissorhands, and The Good Fight.
Ayo Edebiri As Janet Walch
Ayo Edebiri plays Janet, whom Troy hires at the camp after firing other instructors to save money. However, Janet lied on her resume and has no theatrical experience. Edebiri is perhaps best known for her role as Sydney in the comedy-drama The Bear, which has received critical acclaim. She has a recurring role as Janine’s sister Ayesha on Abbott Elementary and co-stars as Josie in the cast of Bottoms. Edebiri is also known for voice-acting; she stars on the Netflix animated series Big Mouth as Missy and has voiced April O’Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem as well as Glory Grant in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
Theater Camp Supporting Cast & Characters
Nathan Lee Graham as Clive DeWitt: Nathan Lee Graham plays Clive DeWitt, the camp’s dance instructor. Graham is an established theater actor who has performed on stage in productions such as Hadestown and The Wild Party. His other projects include Zoolander and Zoolander 2, The Comeback, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Owen Thiele as Gigi Charbonier: Owen Thiele plays Gigi, the camp’s costume designer. His other projects include a recurring role on the Hulu comedy Dollface as well as appearances on the Netflix show I Think You Should Leave and the Max comedy Hacks.
Amy Sedaris as Joan Rubinsky: Amy Sedaris plays Joan Rubinsky, the director and co-founder of AdirondACTS who falls into a coma at the start of the film. Sedaris is a comedian who has appeared in a number of projects, including Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, BoJack Horseman, Jennifer’s Body, and The Mandalorian.
Patti Harrison as Caroline Krauss: Patti Harrison plays Caroline, a financial firm representative who is interested in purchasing AdirondACTS. Her past projects include Shrill, Tuca & Bertie, I Think You Should Leave, A Simple Favor, and Raya and the Last Dragon.
Kyndra Sanchez as Darla Sanchez: Kyndra Sanchez plays Darla, a 15-year-old camper who plays adult Joan in Rebecca-Diane and Amos’ musical, Joan, Still. Sanchez has previously been in Christmas With You and took over the role of Dawn Schafer during the second season of The Baby-Sitters Club.
Alan Kim as Alan Park: Alan Kim plays Alan, a precocious young camper who is also an aspiring talent agent. Kim is best known for his role as David Yi in the 2020 film Minari.