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Once I Was a Beehive (2015)

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After losing her father to cancer, a teenage girl reluctantly joins her new step-cousin at a summer camp for Latter-Day Saint (A.K.A: Mormon) girls.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paris Warner ...
Lane Speer
Lisa Clark ...
Carrie Carrington
Holly Valentine
Bree Carrington
Barta Heiner ...
Amy Biedel ...
Audrey Speer
Robert Speer
Tristan Samuelson
Mila Smith ...
Phoebe Valentine
Audrey Nelson ...
Zoe Wilde ...


Lane Speer is a 16 year old girl who spends her family vacations camping in the mountains. She takes the memories for granted until she loses her father to a bout with cancer. Only a year later, as Lane is still reeling from her father's death, her mother marries a guy that Lane hardly knows. Worst of all, he is a Mormon. To top it off, while they are on their honeymoon, they arrange to have her stay with her Mormon step-aunt who takes her away to a bible-themed girls camp with a bunch of young Mormon girls. Confronted with memories of camping with her family, she tries to find peace with her new surroundings and deal with the death of her father.

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Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief peril




Release Date:

14 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Girls Camp  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$20,864 (USA) (2 October 2015)


$597,031 (USA) (16 October 2015)

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This movie was filmed in 15 days. See more »


References Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

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A Uplifting Family Film To Experience
14 August 2015 | by (Salt Lake City) – See all my reviews

I had the opportunity to catch this film as it was still be fine tuned at the LDS Film Festival in early March of 2015. It was being screened just prior to a session in which a film that I had made was being screened. I'm always interested in seeing what other LDS filmmakers are doing and this one (which at the time didn't have a final title selected yet) sounded like fun. "Once I Was a Beehive" turned out to be one of the highlights of the festival -- a delight from start to finish. I laughed and cried and thoroughly enjoyed the film from start to finish. McAllen Nelson, who directed and wrote the screenplay, has done a wonderful job of taking the viewer into a world of young women learning to value who they really are. The young players, headed by Paris Warner as a non-Mormon who has lost her father to cancer and finds herself at the girls camp when her mother remarries a Mormon man, are all very warm and believable. Special mention must be given to character actress Barta Heiner (who was so wonderful as the senior teacher in "The Cokeville Miracle") who lights up the screen every moment that she appears. Everything about this film works from the directing, fine script, excellent cinematography and the catchy score. I rank this as one the best films that a family could enjoy together. It's worth seeing in the theatre (if you have a chance with its limited release) and certainly purchasing on a Blu-ray or DVD. Did I say that it was for all ages? I was 76 when I saw it and went through at least six hankies!

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