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Vampire Campfire at The Second City, Toronto

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A vegetarian chupacabra, a witch who can't 'spell', a werewolf who doesn't know when to transform... These are just a few of the hilarious characters entertaining children this summer on the stage of The Second City, Toronto. Vampire Campfire features a band of ghoulish misfits whose families send them to a remedial summer camp for monsters in the hopes that they will harness their individual talents and invoke their inner beasts. Unbeknownst to them, this unlikely gang will encounter a greater challenge as they unite forces to battle one of the most heinous villains of all - a logging company intent on destroying the campground for the sole purpose of getting rich. (Insert ominous music here.)

If you've never taken your kids to The Second City, then you have to bring them out for Vampire Campfire. The show is an hour of singing, dancing and interactive improvisation that will have you laughing and smiling till it hurts. It becomes clear very soon in the show that the five cast members, who play multiple roles, really give it their all. Their dedication to the performance was truly a joy to witness. It has been a couple of weeks and my kids and I still have a hoot impersonating the vegetarian chupacabra and walking around the house like Rhonda. We had a table at the very front and had ordered chips and fries to enjoy during the show. My son still smiles to this day when he recalls how the werewolf improvised a song that mentioned "the boy in the front row eating fries." I couldn't decide whether to watch the show or watch my kids' reaction to the show. They had a blast!

Plus, the venue itself is full of photos that bring me back to my childhood, to the days when Martin Short, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, and Catherine O'Hara provided countless hours of comedy through SCTV. Gosh, I'm starting to feel old...

For parents with kids between the ages of 4 and 13, I highly recommend popping in for a Vampire Campfire matinee. Showtimes are on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:00pm. until September 3, 2015*. (* Note: Wednesday, July 29 performance is already sold out.) Tickets cost $14 each or you can purchase a family 4-pack for $45. Group rates are available for groups of 12 or more. A variety of affordable snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the theatre.  No outside food is permitted. Parking is available in a lot on the left (east) side of Blue Jays Way, between Mercer Street and King Street. The Second City Mainstage Theatre is located directly across from this parking lot, on the south side of Mercer Street. For additional or underground parking, proceed north on Blue Jays Way, and turn right onto King Street, past the Hyatt Hotel.

Disclosure: Complimentary tickets were provided to help facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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  1. Great show to know about! Love that last shot with all the classics.....I once sold a xmas tree to Andrea Martin lol. I worked at a garden center 13 yrs ago lol.

  2. Sounds like you had a great time and it was worth seeing! (Judy Cowan)

    1. It was so much fun! And when you think of how affordable it is, especially if you get the family pack, it's a great reason to head out with the kids.

  3. This would be so fun to see. I've been to Second City before and had so much fun. :)

  4. Sounds fun and very entertaining!

  5. Looks very entertaining would love to see all those photos

  6. I've met some of the cast at a fundraiser. I was voluntold and was on stage with them. What a blast!!
    (Debbie W)

  7. Dating myself here....I loved Bob and Doug McKenzie and their show...Great White North! I can still sing all the lyrics from their album! Good day, eh! :)

  8. Must be an interesting venue. Hope you enjoyed, Dianna.

    Came by with the hope to join in the WW :)


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