It turns out one of the leads of “Summer Camp Island” is a Broadway veteran. Oona Laurence, who provides Hedgehog’s voice on the cartoon series, got her start in the industry performing on Broadway. Before she landed roles in films like “Southpaw” and “Pete’s Dragon,” Laurence won the hearts of critics for the titular role in “Matilda the Musical.”
Based on the beloved ’90s film, the musical follows a similar story of a little girl with magical powers, except now there are delightful songs involved. She was part of the ensemble cast from its debut in 2011 until 2013, and it was at this point she started appearing more regularly in movies and TV shows, including “Summer Camp Island.”
Another Broadway star who stops by every so often on “Summer Camp Island” is Kimiko Glenn, who voices Margot the purple monster. While most audiences are probably familiar with Glenn for her work in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” she spent some time on Broadway in the role of Dawn for “Waitress.” This is a musical about a woman who gets pregnant within a loveless marriage but then discovers a chance at a new life by winning a baking contest. Glenn took the spotlight from April 2016 to July of the same year.
“Waitress” isn’t the only live performance credit Glenn has to her name. She actually studied musical theatre while at the Boston Conservatory, but she ultimately dropped out when she landed the role in the touring company for “Spring Awakening.” With this kind of pedigree in the cast, expect plenty more songs when “Summer Camp Island” returns.