My Time at “Camp Operetta”

My Time at “Camp Operetta”

HEY, do you like TheOdd1sout or Domics or RubberNinja or Egoraptor/Arin Hanson or most importantly… mmmmany laughs? ᵃⁿᵈ ᵐᵉ Then hey, you should go to and check that out! James, Dom, Ross and Arin They’re all gonna be doing the comedy and drawing and improv games and I’m gonna be there too… So if that sounds like a fun time, you should go to Check out what cities we’re going to, what the dates are and they’ll see you there. and so will I 🙂 My mom put me in a lot of extracurricular activities when I was growing up, like I’ve mentioned before, and one I haven’t talked about yet was the summer camp called “Camp Operetta”. When I was the ripe age of eight, my mom decided I wasn’t enough of a versatile super-child yet, and it was time for me to dip my toes into the showbiz puddle that is musical theater. I did piano and stuff, but I’ve never been interested in the Performing Arts. So, when my mom asked me if I wanted to do this “Camp Operetta” thing during the summer, I was like… ”Okay.” ”Wait, what is this?” Look, I just agreed with anything my parents told me as a kid! I didn’t know I could actually have an opinion! I’m assuming that most of you don’t know what “Camp Operetta” is because I Googled it… and got no results. To be fair, it was a one-off indie camp one of the local elementary schools just did. so… Basically “Camp Operetta” was for young artsy theater kids and would start off by sitting in a group and reading a picture book. Then everyone works together to rewrite it into a musical play to perform in front of the parents at the end of the camp Teacher: “And then what should the tiger say?” Random Kid 1: ”𝕞𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕙𝕚𝕞 𝕤𝕒𝕪 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕗 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕕” Then we all get assigned roles for the play, “write the music”, and make the costumes and set. It was actually really fun and I looked forward to it a lot! Also when I say write music, I mean the teachers tell us how to play nursery songs on xylophones and those colored plastic tubes. We weren’t dropping fire in 4th grade. The first year I did “Camp Operetta”, the book we were supposed to theater-ize was… I can’t remember. I just know it was about a bunch of animals in the jungle, and I wanted to land the role of cheetah, because I thought cheetahs were cool, and obviously, I’m the best cheetah out of all of you losers! She wasn’t the main character, but I’ve never been a “main character” kind of guy. I’m the “I can’t cope with #1 spots because the expectation, spotlight, and stress is enough to break me” kind of guy. So that’s why I’m always happy to sit at, like, #2 in most things. It proves, “Hey, I’m talented and hard-working enough to land an important and high up role, without complete judgement and pressure of being at the top with everyone waiting for you to mess something up.” A bit of a… depressing life hack for you guys. Spoiler alert: I nailed the audition and reeled myself in the role of cheetah. The catch was there were too many kids in the camp for the amount of characters in the play. So what the teachers decided we’d do was assign two people per character, then halfway through the play switch out casts. The girl who landed Cheetah 2 was this one girl who I don’t remember the name of, but I thought she was super cool because she only had one arm. It’s a good thing the teachers didn’t care that the two kids who shared a role didn’t have to look similar, Because they’d either have to dye her hair dark brown and make her look Asian somehow, or chop one of my arms off. We made masks out of paper plates, painted a jungle scenery on big sheets of paper for the background. I think the costumes were made of paper too… Look, they didn’t have much money. I remember one day I decided I wanted to bring my favorite stuffed animal to camp with me and show them off to the other kids. It was this stuffed mouse I got at a book store I named Raoole spelled R-A-O-O-L-E, because that was 8 year old me trying my best. I brought out Raoole during lunch/break time, and we all started playing with him. We stood in a big circle and tossed him hot potato style to each other, and after a few minutes of this, I went to go use the bathroom real quick. Raoole has always been really special to me because he was the first purchase I made completely on my own without my parents’ permission. At the end of the school year, if you read enough books and took a little test to prove you read it, you’d get to go on a field trip to a book store. And I, being the bookworm I am, barely scraped in by reading the bare minimum amount of books to make it. In a desperate attempt to make the cut in time I even requested a bunch of random book tests in some miracle I’d guess enough answers to pass and get points for. It was pathetic, and it worked. “Hell yeah suckers, I totally earned this trip! WOOO–!” The purpose of the trip was for kids to get excited about reading and buy some books they’d read over summer break. So I walked around the bookstore, looked at the books that people were talking about, skimmed the new releases, and then bought a mouse, because I don’t like reading. And I was really excited about it because it was my first 100% own personal choice. I didn’t have to go: “Mommy, can I get this?” I made my own decision… with their money. Since that field trip I took Raoole everywhere and he’s always been my favorite stuffed animal and super special to me. Random Kid 2: “Hey, we ripped his foot off.” So in the literal 2 minutes I was gone taking a pee, the kids got so rambunctious that they ripped Raoole’s foot off and all the fricking beans were spilling all out the gash hole! What the frick!? You BARBARIANS!!! I immediately put Raoole back in my bag, upside down so no more beans spilled out, but I wasn’t really that upset about it. For some sixth-sense reason while I was in the bathroom, I actually thought to myself: “They’re gonna rip him open somehow.” and they did. I was cool and we were all able to joke about it. The beans that spilled out looked like little eggs, so we were like: “Oh, he’s laying eggs, oooh.” After camp my mom was able to stitch him back up too, so he’s all good. Look, here he is. Doing good B) Anyway, we kept working on the play, finished getting the show set up, practiced our lines, and after a couple of weeks we were ready to perform in front of the parents. And I think it went really well, I honestly don’t remember anything about it, but my parents are sending video taped footage they took of it, so here’s some of that. *children in cast singing* Ha, ha ha ha ha ha! You are ugly! Ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha–! But that’s not the end of “Camp Operetta”. I went again next year and this time we did a play on the Rainbow Fish. The story of a special fish with shiny, rainbow scales and no one wanted to hang out with him because he wouldn’t give them what makes him special. and the only way he felt like he could be happy was to give away his special-ness to the fish who only wanted to leech off his beauty. Setting aside the controversial morals of the book, we got to work turning it into a play. There weren’t as many kids this year so we didn’t need to share roles. I ended up again with a semi-main character… the seahorse. Now hardcore rainbow fish fans are probably saying: “Wait, there’s no seahorse in that story…” and you’re right. As a group of kids, we decided to completely create a new character in the story because, we liked sea horses… And that was the cohesive moral story about acceptance and loneliness… Random Kid 3: “Can we add a sea horse?” Random Kid 1: “make him say the f-word!” During the music learning part of the play, the teachers asked us who could play the piano, because they wanted to assign someone the role of playing the Under the Sea melody from the Little Mermaid without botching it up. I, along with three other kids raised our hands, and we were taken to the piano to do a little musical audition. The other kids took turns playing Mary had a Little Lamb and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and I quickly realized I was overqualified for this part. When it was my turn to play, I sat down and played Pachelbel’s Canon I memorized from my piano recital, like a showoff. That was the one time I realized I was the Asian kid in a scenario. I got the part. The night of the play, we got into our costumes. Mine was made out of a towel with the bottom rolled up to look like a seahorse tail. I thought the costume was actually really cool, but a problem arose when I was in the middle of my final lines in the performance. I had a solo part where I was supposed to build hype for the ending of the play, then raise my arms up at the end to deliver the lines that induce the big finale. But as I was saying my lines and getting ready to raise my arms up, I realized the bracelet I was wearing was caught on one of the towel strings. (rip) I started freaking out because this was the big finishing move for my character. It said in the script: “Seahorse raises both arms, blah blah blah blah blah.” This was the big moment and it’s gonna be ruined because my costume is a towel. I was wiggling my wrist in all directions, and trying to get my arm free as time was ticking down quickly. Finally, I delivered the last line… and could only raise up one arm. Like Cheetah 2. I remember feeling really stupid because no one raises one arm to do anything but ask to use the bathroom… or be flamboyant. I felt like I ruined the big moment but talking to my parents afterwards, they said they didn’t notice, and looking back it was probably a much bigger deal in my 9 year old head than it actually was. I still feel like that was one of my biggest failures in life though. See, that’s exactly why I don’t like main roles in anything. A prime example of self-fulfilling prophecy. and that was my time in “Camp Operetta”. No, I didn’t do it a third year, because they didn’t have enough money or participants, so they had to shut it down. I told you they didn’t have much money. You will be forever missed, “Camp Operetta”, you made my summers more fun, and my Raoole’s foot all janky. Who knows if I would’ve became a theater kid if “Camp Opperetta” never shut down? But either way, I’m not doing any of that stuff now. I do drawings behind a screen. I mentioned it already, but just a reminder that there’s still a few tickets left to see James, Dom, Ross, Arin and me frantically trying to draw and be funny at Scribble Showdown. They’re selling out fast so cop a tic if you really wanna see it. You can go to to see which cities we’re going to, and on which dates. We hope to see you there and I’m excited to win every show. Just you wait… Thanks for watching the video. This is a warning: Don’t trust anyone with your Rooales, they can and will rip their foot off, and stay away from bracelets when your shirt is a towel. Bye bye! ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

David Anderson

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100 thoughts on “My Time at “Camp Operetta”

  1. Jaiden Animations says:

    Quick sidenote, the art credited as @amanda2k01 at the end was used by a handmade art tool by @SangledHere. If you like the art style of the drawing you should definitely check her stuff out 🙂

  2. Oliver And Rexy says:

    The colored plastic tube things are called BOOM Whackers

  3. Ameliyah Sanchez says:

    Oh I know the rainbow fish

  4. Swenty says:

    1:15 those colored tubes are called Boom Whackers- they’re so dope

  5. Jeni Tolentino says:

    "I Jaiden Giovana Can Play The Piano"

  6. Dee Walker says:

    So today I realised that my dog also likes to watch Jaiden!

  7. Jeanette Howe says:

    Oh my gosh i remember the rainbow fish story from first grade

  8. Zack Delarosa says:

    1:02 I'm guessing there was a Johm who wasn't very nice

  9. Blizzard 76 says:


  10. Fade Clab says:

    Raoole has seen something that he shouldn’t have seen


  11. JC says:

    I really loved this video, it was hilarious, but I feel like the 1 minute segment explaining how you got raoole wasn't really necessary [you could've just said he was special to you] and you could've used that bit in a future 'stuffed animals' video, instead of padding out this video a bit. Kind of a nitpick, as it was still entertaining, but I feel like that scene wasn't neccesary.

  12. OK BoOmEr says:


  13. OK BoOmEr says:

    Don’t worry the same happened about the mouse and the kid slammed it on the ground and the nose broke ;-; (I attacked him)

  14. The Elephant Mage says:

    Pachabels canon is like my favorite

  15. KO Music says:

    I was the tiger

  16. GachaLuv YT says:

    Did the tiger say the f word?

  17. GachaLuv YT says:

    Hey I remember Raoole.
    But did you have Ringo?
    Did you bring him too?
    Did you bring him at all?
    Did you even think of bringing him?
    Did you neglect him?
    Why Raoole? What does Raoole have that Ringo doesn’t?

  18. Rory Mehren says:

    Jaiden me and you have the same bed thing

  19. ky mai says:


  20. Gavin Bish says:

    I had a mouse named mousey and it looks exactly like that

  21. Alexandria Meeks says:

    there is a small cut that says "press f to pay respects" on a grave stone soooooooo F
    for camp operetta.

  22. Spiritpyro 2 says:

    Kid: I want to be the dad
    His friend: I’ll be the mom
    His other friend: I’ll be the child
    Kid: Great we’re parents
    Disney: What is parent?

  23. Lps Lunar says:

    Raoole winks

    Me: :OOOOOO

    sonics away


  24. Avocado uzumaki says:

    Teacher in 2030: what should the robot say

    kid: MaKe HiM sAy ThE eF wOrD

  25. Marshall Harrison says:

    1:00 … 6:10 ugh…

  26. Carolyn Carthon says:

    They should have put rawoole in the play

  27. Undertale Fanlife says:

    When I was a kid I did one about dots. I pretended to be shy so i didn’t have to do anything. It was at a library.

  28. ElectrikStatik 900 says:

    1:05 A t-posing kid at the left?

    DID THIS KID DO 911??1?1?1?1?1??1 (Game Theory video starts)

  29. Enderr - Blade says:

    2:54 that’s my name but it’s spelled Raoule

  30. S!nc 3rlv says:

    "We stood in a big circle"

    Draws everyone sitting

  31. Eevee Plays says:

    Ooooooooh i know that rainbow fish story I read it when I was 5

  32. PuddyCat OMG says:

    People: Your ugly ha
    Me:At least I don’t look like a sh—!

  33. Izuku Midoriya says:

    Ari would not like raool

  34. Front Row at the Shit Show says:

    I usually like all your videos with 1 minute of starting them

  35. Clown Crack says:

    The plastic thing are called boom wackers

    And when you show the rat. Girl i-

  36. Sevy Malec says:


    The f- word there happy?

  37. Sonic the fazhog says:

    Jaiden my mum stitched raoole back up and now here he is….GOOD
    Me:oh ok

  38. Aaron Marmolejos says:


  39. Woturmelon says:

    fluttershy the tree

  40. agamefan 2.0 says:

    4:07 she just say my name raul

  41. Jonah Cotton says:

    The sticks are boom wackers

  42. Zeevee 96 says:


    random kid: make him say the f word

  43. ender Pup says:

    2:03 fluttershy is a tree

  44. nikc101 says:

    "Number 2 is number one."

  45. Bob Holland says:

    2:12 jaiden is a Bronx/pegasister pass it on (look for fluttershy only bronies know why fluttershy is a tree)

  46. Th3 D0C70R says:

    Ok, admittedly I was only half listening to this video so its all on me, so all I heard was "I bought Raoole the rat with my own money" then moments later "they ripped Raoole's foot off" … Now I know Raoole is a stuffed animal rat. HOWEVER mid drink of this delicious water I was drinking, in my mind Raoole was an actual factual live rodent … that they were throwing around like a ball … and well long story short, my computer screen is all wet.

  47. BlueJim 6357 says:

    1:01 6:12 me

  48. ernesto carmona says:

    I hear a lisp kinda, I love it though

  49. Chad Higgens says:

    I AUDIBLY laughed at "Make him say the F word!" I'm an adult.

  50. I subbed to everyone says:

    Imagine if Rebbeca parham was at camp operetta ?

  51. BarsX7 says:

    I don't really want to be in the spotlight of the first place in something, so that's really relatable. The problem is i was raised differently – to disregard any harm to my physical and mental health and be the best. That's one of the reasons why i'm a sociophob and have no friends, even though i'm way past that teen stage of my life. High expectations of your parents can easily ruin your life, kids. Especially if they're close to unrealistic at some point. 25 years, and i still can't get this mess out of my head and live normally.
    That was a rant. Didn't mean like it. Great vid, Jaiden.

  52. A Creeper says:

    Random kid: MAKE HIM SAY THE F WORD

  53. Gabriel Ratz says:


  54. Eliora Puppy puff says:

    1:03 Wall is Wall

  55. Callie Cakes says:

    Wait a second…

    Isn’t the rainbow fish already a show?

  56. OrtexofWill says:

    Jaiden: that was the first time I noticed that I was the Asian kid…
    I got the part!

  57. andrea avila says:

    Encontré 9groserias

  58. Polina Ivanova says:

    Jaiden you are so funny and make me laugh really hard,you inspire me and you always make my day. thank you for being you ❤️

  59. Dog Leven says:

    I loved The Rainbow fish when I was around 3 or 4.

  60. Spooder In Its Web says:

    Make Him Say The F Word

  61. Gacha__ __Kitty says:

    This was post 1 day after my birthday

  62. Lamb Sauce says:

    Pause at 8:29

  63. maria sarah oliveira says:

    You,James,Rebecca,and somethingelesyt inspired me to draw more thank you soooooooo much love all you guys (btw tell them what meh said)

  64. RC 1207 says:

    7:41 OMG. YOU. CAN'T. SAY. THAT. LMAO!

  65. Thirsty Leaf says:

    GOD I wish my parents put me as a kid in a camp operetta (I've always been a musical kid) but the only thing father cared about was football and making me work for him

  66. Mayfly Chan says:

    0:35 "I didn't know I could actually have an opinion." THAT IS A BIG FAT MOOD

  67. Dreamwolf says:

    OH MY GOD THE RAINBOW FISH! When I was little, I checked it out from the library and hid it from my mom when it was due and basically made her pay for it as it was 2 years overdue. He he… ?

  68. Hunter Salinas says:

    How did I now find this video

  69. Not From Denmark Production says:

    Well, Germans have a third reason to raise one arm…

  70. Ashebot2704 says:

    "Make him say the F-word!!"

  71. OreoPandaPlays says:

    I feel attacked at 1:42
    (It’s also kinda hard when you are one of the two boys that dance on your competition team.

  72. Joy.Daisy2000 k says:

    When ever I don't know what to watch I watch u <3

  73. Gaming Kittens says:


  74. JayVortexx says:

    3:38 that was me when we had a really important test to complete and we would get a field trip to Phoenix AZ.

  75. Erik Bagley says:

    The tubes Are called boomwhackers

  76. Spade Corrinson says:

    2:50 you brought him to a theatre camp. That’s a little bit too fitting if you ask me

  77. Heraclio Medina says:

    Teacher:then what should the tiger say
    Random kid:? make him say the F word

    Random kid 1:can we add a seahorse
    Random kid 2:make him say the F word

  78. Julia Metcalfe says:

    Make her say the f and n word

  79. Tetris_Citadel says:

    2:49 wait a second- that’s the Blue Badger!!! :O

  80. DarK_Snake Venom says:


  81. Rhythm 101 says:

    Can we add a seahorse
    Make him say the F word!
    I think they are too excited to say the F word .-.

  82. JellyAndFriends362 says:

    make him say the f word

  83. Tini says:

    I got that Fluttershy reference (☞ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)☞

  84. Pepper Mint.E says:

    Omg the fluttershy being the tree part!! I just noticed it lol! ?

  85. Fire Peashooter says:

    Wait the video from it was on one of your reactions with James ( aka oddonesout)

  86. Danielle Maddox says:


  87. Warp_Fungun 63 says:

    DID JAIDEN SAY HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  88. When pugs Fly says:

    2:50 who saw the blue badger

  89. Elijiah vanoss fan says:

    I searched camp Operetta and got this video or people reacting to your video.

  90. Landon Kahl says:

    It’s Nevermind… I get it 1:17

  91. Kraft jet puff says:

    7:43 cough cough*hamilton

  92. En Xue Yee says:

    did you guys see the jameden fanart in 8:48?

  93. BB 2099 says:

    For Pokémon fans: At 7:49, was Jaiden the inspiration for Leon's pose? ?

  94. Rainbow Elephant SG says:

    5.11 is Jaiden performing ????

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