While the seven 12-to-14-year-old girls in the Baby-Sitters Club seem nice, it's hard to imagine any of them being able to stay still long enough to take care of a child. Their breakneck pace in The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy and the Great Campaign, the latest spin-off from the popular book series is almost matched by the tempo of the catchy theme music by Glen Roven and the near-breathless speed at which the scenes change in this production.
The ''great campaign'' of the subtitle is the brainchild of baby-sitter Kristy Thomas (Avriel Hillman). She persuades a shy third-grader, Courtney Weston (Kate Bernsohn), to run for class representative, in large part because her opponent is a boy whose older brother once defeated Kristy in a science fair. As Courtney's campaign manager, Kristy tries to mold the candidate into someone she's not: a slick-talking, sharply dressed budding politician. By the end of the story, they've both come to realize it's more important to be yourself certainly not a new message but one that kids sub-ject to intense peer pressure ought to hear.
Hillman (the voice of Penny on Pee-wee's Playhouse) and Bernsohn, the centers of attention, are capable actors. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for some of the supporting players, who suffer from an unnaturally large dose of awkwardness even for teens. B