PHILADELPHIA, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- If you loved High School Musical ... then, think Junior High School Musical, as you shake to the awesome high-energy dance moves, listen to the cool new tunes and laugh your way through this hip original family film that will leave you feeling uplifted and ready to put on your dancin' shoes. Standing Ovation is the feel-good music and dance movie of the summer!
A positive tale of perseverance and passion, Standing Ovation arrives in theaters on July 16, 2010 featuring 20 original songs and 13 never-before-seen dance numbers that showcase an exciting cast of talented young newcomers as they learn the importance of loyalty, friendship and family on a journey to fulfilling their dreams. Presented by Kenilworth Films, Standing Ovation features a refreshing and talented cast of kids who tell the story through their optimistic eyes, resulting in a delightful plot filled with playful innocence. With its sincerity and connectivity, Standing Ovation takes the audience on the real-life journey of ordinary kids with extraordinary dreams. Directed by Stewart Raffill (The Adventures of the Wilderness Family), produced by Diane Kirman (The New Swiss Family Robinson) and executive produced by James Brolin and Dr. William Lewis, Standing Ovation is a film made by the children for the children, that gives the everyday kid a chance to turn their own dreams into their reality. Standing Ovation is rated PG.
Showcasing a spectacular cast of young and talented actors, singers, songwriters, dancers, gymnasts and musicians from Philadelphia, Atlantic City and the surrounding areas, Standing Ovation reveals the undiscovered talent and drive of the East Coast's youth. The cast's dazzling performances electrify the screen with their innate charm, charisma and professionalism that extends well beyond their years, making the audience forget that some have never before stepped into the spotlight or performed in front of the camera. Every cast member has their own success story to tell which embodies the Standing Ovation message to ALL young people who have a similar dream, "If you are a Wannabe, then you Gonnabe!"
Set in Atlantic City, junior high school best friends, Brittany (Kayla Jackson), Tatiana (Alexis Biesiada), Blaze (Pilar Martin), Cameron (Kayla Raparelli) and Maya (Na'jee Wilson) form the singing/dancing group, "The 5 Ovations." Despite all odds, they chase their dreams of becoming champions in the biggest television music video contest of the year. They may be short on money, but they are rich in friendship, talent and hope and these street-smart kids use their wits, courage and passion to create some fierce musical performances.
When a national TV network announces a music video contest with a one million dollar grand prize, "The 5 Ovations" eagerly set to work on creating the perfect routine and music video. However, they must face off against their rival group, "The Wiggies" -- Ziggy (London Clark), Angel (Erika Corvette), Zita (Ashley Cutrona), Twiggy (Devon Jordan) and Zoey (Jeana Zettler) -- five rich, beautiful and scheming sisters whose performance trademark is their series of extravagant wigs and underhanded pranks. The Wiggies also enter the contest, helped by their flamboyant and unscrupulous father, Mr. Wiggs (Sal Dupree), who will stop at nothing to win ... no matter what it takes!
CAST & FILMMAKERS
Director: Stewart Raffill
Produced By: Diane Kirman
Executive Produced By: James Brolin, William Lewis, M.D.
Director of Photography: Jon Darbonne
Music Supervisor: Sal Dupree
Composer: Benedikt Brydern
Music Producer: Tony Coluccio, Ed Kessel, Troy Harrington and Brian Thomas, Roy "Royalty" Hamilton III
Executive In Charge of Music: Dan Brescoll
Cast: Kayla Jackson, Alexis Biesiada, Na'jee Wilson, Pilar Martin, Kayla Raparelli, London Clark, Erika Corvette, Ashley Cutrona, Devon Jordan, Jeanna Zettler, Alanna Palombo, Joei DeCarlo, Austin Powell, Rocco Bateman, Dexter Darden, Al Sapienza, Mario Macaluso, P. Brendon Mulvey, Sal Dupree
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SOURCE Kenilworth Films