NYMF has been putting out shows that have gone the extra mile. One such show is Fat Camp now titled Gigantic. This show is an important piece, as the amount of people overweight in this country has gone through the roof. The way someone just mildly overweight is treated as to someone who is thin is vastly different. I know, I have been both and seen the results.
Gigantic follows teens at a Pennsylvania weight loss summer camp. They are geeky misfits and when new camper Robert (the charismatic, Max Wilcox), arrives the teens have their hero. Robert is a confident drummer with rebellious streak. When he annoys Mike (the buff, Burke Mosses), a sadistic ex heavy who lost 200 pounds, Mike goes after Robert with a vengeance. Robert starts a romance with Taylor (the winsome, Ryann Redmond) but has lied about almost everything. Turns out, his relationship with cheerleader (Taylor Louderman) from his high school, wasn’t exactly as stated and Robert is a YouTube star. In the end everyone accepts each other as they are. These kids could have been gay, transgender or any number of things where the group is not accepted and this show still would have had the same message.
The book by Randy Blair and Tim Drucker is not cohesive. There are moments in this show where you wonder where this musical number came from, other than the fact that it’s hilarious? The pop-rock score is tuneful, but not memorable. Scott Schwartz direction is energetic and fun. Chase Brock’s choreography is pedestrian. What creates this show is it’s youthful driven cast. Standouts are the leads Ms. Redmond, Mr. Wilcox, along with Larry Owens, Jared Loftin and Bonnie Milligan. Leslie Kritzer shines in the supporting role as a camp counselor who has been engaged for 15 years. She brings her winning voice and gleeful talent to this over the top role.
Gigantic will appeal to a lot of people, especially teens that are struggling with who they are.