Actress & Songstress Lisa Bell debuts “STAND” – the theme song & music video from Director Robert Adetuyi (Stomp the Yard, Bring It On) and Juno and Kobzar-Award-winning writers Danny Schur and Rick Chafe’s new movie musical STAND!.
STAND! transports us to Winnipeg,1919 in the grips of violent anti-immigrant riots and a general strike that altered the course of history. STAND! follows Ukrainian immigrant Stefan, smitten with his Jewish suffragette neighbor, Rebecca, but family and anti-immigrant veterans oppose the would-be Romeo and Juliet. When a movement develops to better the lives of immigrants, Stefan, Rebecca and a city of immigrants take on the halls of power in an inspirational, but high stakes, final stand.
STAND! uses history as a metaphor for a current world of nativism and discrimination. It leaves us with a renewed understanding of what it means to be a citizen in a diverse democracy, with an inspiring message (delivered in song): “Hearts can change….and the change starts in mine.”
STAND! stars Marshall Williams (Glee, How to Build a Better Boy – Disney), Laura Slade Wiggins (Shameless, Nancy Drew & the Hidden Staircase), Gregg Henry (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Scandal”) and outstanding newcomer, Lisa Bell.
Canada’s Lisa Bell is a Winnipeg singer, actress and songwriter and already winning accolades as the “next Jennifer Hudson.” Lisa first came to prominence when she placed in the Top Twenty of Canadian Idol. She parlayed that exposure into a series of high stature opening slots with reggae stars Luciano and Sean Paul. Lisa’s incredible stage presence won her repeated starring roles at Canada’s largest musical theatre company, Rainbow Stage, along with roles on some of Canada’s most prestigious musical theatre stages like Toronto’s Mirvish Productions (Hairspray) and Canstage (Crowns). Lisa’s film and TV acting career took off with the TV series Falcon Beach. In Robert Adetuyi’s upcoming movie musical “Stand!” (her first feature film starring role), Lisa plays Emma Jones, the refugee from racial strife in Oklahoma c.1919. Lisa’s powerful rendition of the movie’s title track song was all director Robert Adetuyi (Stomp the Yard) needed to be convinced Lisa’s fit for the role.
The track is already in radio rotation on LA radio stations and the film is nominated for Best Score (composer Danny Schur) at the Burbank International Film Festival. Stand! will be making its Toronto debut at the Royal Theater September 9-11.