Brolin, Lewis & Kirman Release 'Standing Ovation' Movie Musical 7/16


Taking a page from the High School Musical songbook, Executive Producers James Brolin and Dr. William Lewis, alongside Producer Diane Kirman, will soon present the "Junior High School Musical" equivalent in the soon-to-be-released Standing Ovation family film. 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 a cast of talented young newcomers as they learn the importance of loyalty, friendship and family on a journey to fulfilling their dreams. Featuring 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. Every cast member has their own success story to tell that 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 impressive 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.

Alanna Palombo, Joei DeCarlo, Austin Powell, Rocco Bateman, Dexter Darden, Al Sapienza, Mario Macaluso, and P. Brendon Mulvey round out the cast.

Presented under the banner of Kenilworth Films, Standing Ovation is directed by Stewart Raffill (The Adventures of the Wilderness Family), and features original music by Benedikt Brydern and musical supervision by Sal Dupree.  The original music is produced by Tony Coluccio, Ed Kessel, Troy Harrington and Brian Thomas, Roy "Royalty" Hamilton III.

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"The Ovations"

KAYLA ANNETTE JACKSON (Brittany/Ovation), 13, has been interested in singing, acting and performing since the age of 7 when she appeared in her school's talent show, singing "Reflections" from Mulan. Since then, Kayla has become no stranger to the stage. She has played the role of Dori in School House Rock, Junior and Annie in Annie, Junior. The young performer played the role of Sally in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and appeared in the chorus of Camelot. Past film credits include the role of Lead Girl in an independent film called Love of My Life in 2004. Television appearances include The Simple Life, Best Friends and the NJ Network for Kids in Concert in 2005. Kayla has been studying under her vocal coach, Sal Dupree of Dupree Performing Arts, since March of 2007.

ALEXIS BIESIADA (Tatiana/Ovation), 14, is vocally trained under Sal Dupree, Alexis has performed the National Anthem at numerous sporting events, has sung at many charity events including the American Cancer Foundation Event for Radio Disney. Her theater credits include The People Garden, The 70's Experience and The Nutcracker All Jazzed Up. Alexis's television appearances include Props TV Show on the Cartoon Network, Me TV on Nickelodeon Television and America's Most Talented Kids. Alexis co-wrote the song "All I Wanna Do Is Sing " which she performs in the film "Standing Ovation."

NA'JEE WILSON (Maya/Ovation), 14, a trained hip hop dancer and student of vocal coach, Sal Dupree, has performed on stage in The Piano Lesson, Unhappily Ever After as Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin Junior. Other performances include singing the National Anthem at many sporting events and at a Memorial Home for Veterans. Na'Jee recently opened for Smokey Robinson at the NJPAC in Newark, NJ. She was the New Jersey representative at the Junior National Leadership Conference.

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