Standing Ovation Performance Benefits Ranfurly
The young stars of Standing Ovation, this summer’s hot musical movie that has topped charts and kept ‘tween twitters tweeting, will perform live in Nassau on Sunday with proceeds benefiting the Ranfurly Homes for Children.
“We are really excited about bringing the show to Nassau, the first international appearance following a magical national tour and for many of these kids, their first time out of the United States. They are as excited about coming to The Bahamas as we are about the opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Diane Kirman, producer, Kenilworth Films. “The only thing that could have made it better is to have done it in February when the snow is on the ground up North and the sun is shining in Nassau!”
Sunday’s event will be held at the British Colonial Hilton beginning with a Junkanoo Rush-out from the gardens into the hotel, up the grand staircase and into the Governors Ballroom for the hour-long performance. Show-goers, including youngsters, can join the One Family Junkanoo group for the rush-out that begins at 3 pm.
Standing Ovation, the movie with 20 original songs and 13 never-before seen dance numbers, is the story of two groups of students vying for a $1 million prize. Along the way, the young performers, ages 8 -18, battle fierce competition tinged with moral struggle and learn the deeper meaning of loyalty, honesty and courage. And while Standing Ovation has been called “the feel good movie of the summer,” organisers of the Nassau event said the cast and crew believed the cause behind Sunday’s performance was the “feel good event for the year.”
“We have heard so much about the Ranfurly Home for Children and what it has meant over the years to those young people who had no other place to call home,” said Kirman. “We heard the song Love That Child written by a young man who grew up at Ranfurly, went on to college and a good career and is now donating the music to raise money for Ranfurly, a project that we understand is being sponsored by Bank of The Bahamas. We are thrilled he is going to perform it for the first time live on Sunday. Some of the residents of Ranfurly are going to perform in the number that Lisa McCartney of the Meridian School in Nassau is staging with our cast.” Working with local partners, including the Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Film Commission, is not new for Kirman, who made two movies earlier in her career in Eleuthera.
“Local partnerships are important wherever you go,” she said, “but they are so great in a place like The Bahamas where there is an incredible amount of talent at every turn.”
Tickets for Sunday’s live performance are $5 for those with a movie theatre stub and $10 without. All proceeds are going to Ranfurly Homes for Children, Mackey Street, which is presently home to 33 boys and girls who have food, warmth, safety and friends they can call family. Tickets are available at the Ranfurly Home, The Jukebox in the Mall at Marathon and at the door. The movie is playing at Galleria Cinema, Mall at Marathon.films, music, youth