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A Week Away movie: New Family Musical on Netflix

I am thrilled to be telling you about a new movie musical that premieres on Netflix today called A Week Away! I was able to watch a virtual screening premiere last weekend. See below to learn all about the new musical.

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix
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"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

A Quick Summary of A Week Away

A Week Away is the first faith-based musical of its kind. Troubled teen Will Hawkins has a run-in with the law that puts him at an important crossroad: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. At first a fish-out-of-water, Will opens his heart. While at camp, and with the help of his music, new friends, and love interest, he learns the healing powers of kindness, forgiveness, and faith can be found in the most unlikely of places. And, he finds a sense of belonging in the last place he expected to find it!


My Review of A Week Away

A Week Away totally has a High School Musical/ Camp Rock vibe! I know the music will appeal to the crowd who loved both of those other musicals.

The story was sweet, if a bit predictable. It’s a feel-good story, and we all need those right now! Some of the kids have their struggles with rough home lives, loss of parents, guilt, and fear. But, they join together every summer for “a week away” at summer camp where they compete to win and build each other up.

Listen to the A Week Away soundtrack here!

Even though it’s a Christian-based film and they are at a Christian camp, it isn’t overly preachy, which is definitely a plus.

As a music director for full-scale musicals in our area, I was critiquing the singing and dancing pretty thoroughly, and it passed my test. The only thing I didn’t like were some of the harmonies, but overall the singing and dancing were fun and catchy. I loved hearing old songs (such as “Place in this World,” “Big House,” and “Baby, Baby”) mixed in with newer songs written just for the film. And, I was very impressed with the three guy leads’ voices!

The acting and directing were well-done, as well. Sometimes, Christian films aren’t as high quality in this area, but A Week Away is! I give it 5 stars out of 5!

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

The People Behind A Week Away

Director: Roman White
Screenplay: Alan Powell & Kali Bailey
Story: Alan Powell & Kali Bailey and Gabriel Vasquez
Cast: Kevin Quinn, Bailee Madison, Jahbril Cook, Kat Conner Sterling, Iain Tucker with David Koechner and Sherri Shepherd
Producers: Steve Barnett, Alan Powell, Gabriel Vasquez
Executive Producer: Vicky Patel
Co-Producers: Roman White and Bailee Madison
Co-Executive Producers: Corby Pons, Traci Hagedorn Supervising Choreographer: Paul Becker Choreographer: Melena Rounis
Music: Adam Watts

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

Fun Facts about A Week Away

The film features original songs as well as covers of prominent Christian Contemporary Artists including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Audio Adrenaline, Rich Mullins, and For King & Country.

Legendary contemporary Christian music artists Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman make cameo appearances in the film as a camp counselor and as the camp lifeguard, respectively. I must admit, I didn’t recognize them!

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, 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.

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

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!

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

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.

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

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.

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

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.” ~Bailee Madison

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.

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

Perfect As a Family Movie

The producer and writer of 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.

It was important to filmmakers to make a film that was authentic to the world of Christian summer camps and that was populated with characters who could openly and believably talk about their faith, while still making space for diverse perspectives and affirming the goodness in all people.

“We didn’t set out to make a Christian film,” says producer Steve Barnett. “We wanted to make a film that had Christian elements that have universal appeal.”

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

Alan Powell and Alan Watts

Cue the bugle. If anyone deserves the “Busiest Camper” award it would be Alan Powell. He is a writer of both the original story, the screenplay, producer; and contributed to many of the film’s original songs.

Even though he has sold 50 million albums worldwide and been on the Top 5 Billboard 200 for eight years in a row, the A Week Away soundtrack was a first of its kind for Executive Music Producer Adam Watts:

“It was a super-unique experience having Alan Powell, one of the film’s producers and one of the writers of the screenplay actually IN the studio. That was a first for me! He’s a musician himself, and his vision was incredibly clear and strong. We had great chemistry. I think there’s a palpable energy to these tracks that I think comes from us just having a blast in the studio.”

In addition to re-imaging the classic Christian hits, Adam Watts wrote the original songs in A Week Away. Because this was such a special project authenticity for him was key:

“From day one my goal as the producer and songwriter was to try to infuse the music with a sense of timelessness. I didn’t want to just use pre-existing samples, so I went around the camp set and recorded stomps and claps in the environment the film was being shot in. These subtle things add up.”

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

What the Filming Was Like

If the musical inspires you to have a spontaneous dance party, that’s because it kind of was! Adam Watts laughs:

“We set up a recording studio in one of the buildings at the camp. The cast would be rehearsing the scenes and learning all for the choreography in one building, and in-between they’d run over to our makeshift-studio for hours at a time to record their vocals.”

Choreographer Melena Rouse took it from there:

“Each number only had between 2 -4 rehearsals before shooting. We had to work fast and give it our all each time. Something really magical happens once you get all your dancers in the space and give them room to put themselves and their personalities into the project. Something bigger than the steps happens – and that’s what makes A Week Away so exciting!”

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

A Week Away was a 21-day shoot that featured more than 100 extra campers for the bigger musical numbers.

Choreographing the musical numbers at a real live summer camp could have proven challenging for some, but choreographers Melena Rounis and Paul Becker found the busses, lake, and hula hoops inspiring. Melena was thrilled:

“There was so much to get creative with and I really loved having such a variety of locations to create on and in. I mean, a “blob” and water hoses. It was a perfect dance party! I hope people can feel that energy when they watch the film.”

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

The A Week Away Soundtrack

Find the soundtrack and listen to it here. Another option to listen to it is through YouTube streaming here. You can listen to the A Week Away movie soundtrack wherever you stream music!

If you’d like to order the physical CD or Mp3’s, you can get those on Amazon here.

"A Week Away" movie musical on Netflix

Listen to “Place in This World” here:

Movie Soundtrack Track Listing:

Let’s Go Make a Memory 
Song Written by Adam Watts, Allan Powell, Cory Clark.
*Original to Movie*

The Great Adventure  
Song Written by Steven Curtis Chapman.
Christian Artist who originally released song: Steven Curtis Chapman

Good Enough 
Song Written by Adam Watts, Allan Powell, Cory Clark
*Original to Movie*

Song Written by Steven Curtis Chapman

Baby, Baby 
Song Written by Amy Grant, Brain Keith Thomas

Place in This World 
Song Written by Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick Christian

Big House
Song Written by Barry Blair, Mark Stuart, Bob Herdman, Will McGinniss

Awesome God / God Only Knows (Campfire Medley)
Song “Awesome God” written by Richard Mullins
“God Only Knows” For King & Country

Where I Belong
Song Written by Adam Watts, Andrew Dodd, Cory Clark
*Original to Movie*

Best Thing Ever (Stage Version)
Song Written by Adam Watts, Allan Powell, Cory Clark
*Original to Movie*

Best Thing Ever (Reprise)
Song Written by Adam Watts, Allan Powell, Cory Clark
*Original to Movie*

Best Thing Ever  Cover Artist on Track: Johnnyswim
Song Written by Adam Watts, Allan Powell, Cory Clark
*Original to Movie*

The film includes three new original tunes penned by Adam Watts (High School Musical 3, Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert). He also produced, arranged, engineered, mixed, and mastered all the songs, apart from the bonus track with Johnnyswim.

The soundtrack includes a special feature and bonus track of husband and wife duo, Johnnyswim, performing “Best Thing Ever.”


We will be giving away one A Week Away merchandise item:

The prize is a women’s movie sweatshirt: Choose size small, medium, large, XL, or 2XL.

Enter on the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, 3/30.
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  1. I’m so excited to see this and share it with my 15 year old daughter! She is always looking for feel good movies and this seems right up her guitar-playing, always singing, Christ-centered alley. 😉

  2. Honestly, I don’t see my kids enjoying this. It’s just not their type of movie. But I plan to watch it on my own! Seems cute.

  3. I am looking forward to watching this movie with my family on Easter weekend. It will give us something fun to do since we can not gather with our larger family yet.

  4. I got Netflix just to watch this movie. I am so glad I did. I loved the movie. It made me smile and cry. I loved the songs especially when they blended Our God id an awesome God and Only God knows.

  5. Yes, I have seen it the day it came out on Netflix. I absolutely loved it and my favorite scene was the campfire when they sang Awesome God/God Only Knows.

  6. Just wanted to share how much I loved the new family musical on Netflix! As a homeschooling parent, it’s been great to incorporate the music from the movie into our lessons. My kids are really enjoying learning the songs and taking inspiration from the film’s message of family and acceptance. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the movie! ‍‍‍

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