Omg I sang and laughed my heart out. My spirit was full after screening A Week Away. What a blessing and a reminder forgiveness is so important.
A Week Away is Netflix’s first musical film of its kind, releasing March 26th Troubled teen Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn) has a choice to make – go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. While at camp, and with thehelp of his music, new friends and love interest (Bailee Madison), he learns the healing powers of kindness,
forgiveness, and faith can be found in the most unlikely of places.
Here are some fun facts I learned about the cast during recent interview.
1. The film was shot on location at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan just outside Nashville, Tennessee, in 2019. Unlike other productions where different elements are spread out about the country or done virtually
2. A Week Away had rehearsals, filming, and music recordings all in one location. Both the producers
and the cast agreed that creating all the elements at one location at a real, functioning summer camp
added an air of authenticity to the production.
3. Actor Kevin Quinn, who plays Will, originally auditioned for and was cast as Sean. However, due to
experiences in his own life, particularly the loss of a close friend, he felt a stronger connection to the
character of Will. He asked to re-audition for that role, and the rest is history.
4. Kevin was a contestant on American Idol and has said his several summers at camp helped him to
prepare for the experience. At camp, he won the “Best Spirit” award one year and “Most
Outstanding Camper” the following year.
5. Actor Bailee Madison, who plays Avery, has been acting since she was a little girl, so summer camp
wasn’t part of her childhood. Working on A Week Away felt like making up for lost time for Bailee, who
felt like a kid in a candy store. Looking back on the experience of filming A Week Away, Bailee was
thrilled to be surrounded by people her own age since she has spent much of her career primarily
acting alongside colleagues much older than her.
6. Bailee also has a co-producer credit on A Week Away, an experience that has had a lasting impact on
her. She said, “I learned so much about my voice and the creative process by being part of the larger
collaborative process. I couldn’t be more grateful for that opportunity.”
7. The original song “Good Enough” is one of Bailee’s favorite songs in the film. “I think growing up in
the world of social media, while you are always being compared and judged on how you should look
and dress sets up a facade of false perfection. And we need to be reminded that we are exactly who
are supposed to be. That we are good enough just the way God made us. That’s such an important
message right now.”
8.Bailee adds that she is excited that the film is releasing during the current climate, when people are
craving stories of human connection, touch, and conversation. She hopes that A Week Away is a
glimmer of light for people who look back fondly on their own summer camp or vacation experiences
or who look forward to times when they can reconnect with friends and family.
9.Producer and a writer on the original story, Gabriel Vasquez, talked about how important it was to the
team to create a film that both parents and kids could enjoy together. He knew that a key audience for
the film likely attended summer camps like the one in the film and would no doubt recognize many of
the songs in the film from their own childhood.
The weekend is upon so grab your family and some of your favorite snacks login to Netflix’s so you all can enjoy A Week Away.