How Bubbly learned to say it loud and sing it proud
Effervescent pre-teen Viveca goes by the nickname Bubbly, a handle which is to define her approach to life, floating like a bubble unwilling to stand up to racism. Until she moves to New York seeking fame.
Karis has the tougher gig. Playing a vacuous LA kid with a high-pitched giggle who can belt out a song like a Motown veteran. A bit of a stretch, but she pulls it off and lays the ground for a seamless transition to her older self.
But there are also some fabulous song and dance routines - the gym scene, high school prom and the aforementioned booty-fest would light up any show -and had the audience shouting its appreciation with a standing ovation.