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Holy Camp!: From successful stage show to musical film

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- The theatrical smash hit is looking to repeat its success with its upcoming film adaptation, helmed by its own playwrights, Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi

Holy Camp!: From successful stage show to musical film
Macarena García in a promotional image for the stage-show version of La llamada

Holy Camp! (original title, La llamada) has turned out to be a real phenomenon that started off in the Sala Off of the Lara Theatre in Madrid and which, as a result of the exceedingly warm welcome it received from the public, was then forced to move to the main theatre. Its playwrights and directors, young actors Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi, had created a musical that has now been performed by such actors as Macarena García (Blancanieves [+see also:
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, Palm Trees in the Snow [+see also:
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) and Claudia Traisac (Escobar: Paradise Lost [+see also:
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) in the lead role of María Casado. The production is still being staged, and more than 120,000 viewers have watched it to rapturous applause in Spain; and this number will swell thanks to the performances in Mexico City, Moscow and, very soon, Argentina.

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Now, three important names in Spanish cinema, Javier Corbacho (the director of films such as Incidencias [+see also:
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, which came out recently), Kike Maíllo (who will release Toro [+see also:
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in 2016 – read more) and Enrique López-Lavigne (of Apaches Entertainment, the producer of such hits as The Impossible [+see also:
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), are lending their support to the film adaptation of La llamada, which is the first time the writer-directors have worked in this medium. TVE has acquired the movie’s broadcasting rights.

The action of Holy Camp!, a musical romantic comedy about friendship, first love and the search for one’s identity, takes place in the summer of 2013, during the boom in Latin electro music, when two teenagers (María and Susana) and two nuns (Bernarda and Milagros) share interests at the La Brújula Christian summer camp, an empty, remote place in the middle of the woods.

But in this setting, divine callings (enveloped in Whitney Houston songs) as well as earthly ones will completely turn their lives around during that summer. Macarena García, Belén Cuesta (Spanish Affair 2 [+see also:
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) and Gracia Olayo (It’s Now or Never [+see also:
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, Shrew’s Nest [+see also:
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) will reprise the same roles in front of the cameras as they played on stage. The shoot will get under way next spring. Film Factory Entertainment will handle international sales.

(Translated from Spanish)

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