Splat Productions, together with Adelaide's finest young talent, presented 'Sing for Dignity' at The Star Theatre on Sunday 18th August. This event was a chance to showcase the talented youth of Adelaide, as well as raise money for a great cause, with all proceeds going to The Little Friends Scholarship Program.
Produced by Joni Combe under Splat Productions, this show supported Friends with Dignity, an organisation assisting those affected by Domestic Violence.
The purpose of Sing for Dignity is create awareness to the alarming statistics of Domestic Violence in Australia and to create a safer world. Research shows that one in three women and one in five men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. One in five children witness and experience domestic violence in the one place they are meant to feel safest of all, their home, they have to leave everything they know behind. For the children, this means a new home, a new school and having to make new friends.
Friends with Dignity - The Little Friends Program aims to help get a child's life back to normal through the funding of uniforms and booklist costs, and after school sports activities and club memberships. The proceeds from this concert go to supporting The Little Friends Program.
The show began with The Scotch Six, an all-female acapella group from Scotch College. The esteemed performers have won several Eistedford awards. They were followed by the vocal stylings of 11 year old Annabelle Fleming who graced the stage with 'The Voice Within' and later came back with a beautiful duet alongside her 9 year old Brother William for 'True Colours'. This performance was just beautiful and really hit the heartstrings. The show continued with lovely performances from Eliza Fabbro 'On my Own' and Malsie Aitkin 'Both Sides Now', these songs continued with the theme of the evening looking at the children's side throughout.
Alyssa Faranda won the crowd over with her rendition of 'Quiet'. She is so sweet and has an incredible voice for only 6 years old. Just when you thought she couldn't get any cuter, she came back alongside Madeleine Schroeter, Jasper Darwent and Emma Good with Matilda's 'Naughty', just as it was done in the musical. This was lovely to watch and the audience couldn't get enough of these talented young people.
After joining Faranda, Jasper Darwent embraced the stage with 'Electricity', Madeleine Schroeter wowed the audience with 'Castle on a Cloud' and Emma Good produced an incredible rendition of 'Don't Rain on My Parade'. As the show continued more talented youths took to the stage with Oliver Lawes - 'The Lightning Thief', Isla Zorkovic - 'Colours of The Wind', Sammi Keough - 'The Wizard & I', Mia Ferraretto - 'What it Means to be A Friend', Ryan Tillman - 'Defying Gravity', Alicia Hammond - 'What Baking Can Do', Ava Desteno - 'Safer', Reo Gerhardy - 'Different', Isaiah Fabbro - 'My Funny Valentine', Issy Darwent - 'No One Else'; Lucy Stirling - 'Part of your World' and Callum Logan - 'On The Street Where You Live'. But it was Casmira Hambledon's rendition of 'Burn' that blew the audience away. It was incredible to watch and an excellent song choice - she was made to sing this song.
The show didn't just feature solos and duets but groups as well including The Scotch Six, Showshoppers, Soul Intent and In-Ta-Jazz. The closing featured all the cast back on stage for 'Ting Tang Teng Tong' and 'Live It Up' followed by 'Music of the Day' with a special appearance from the man that made those songs possible, Children's entertainer Peter Combe.
The show featured over 30 acts and a silent auction, featuring 25 auction items, including quality wine, spa vouchers, theatre tickets, gym memberships and more, all donated to raise money for a great cause.
If you would like to get involved, there are a number of ways you can help. Make a donation, set up a Fundraise for Friends account to help someone you know, or donate items of sheets, linen, towels, doona, pillows, kitchen cutlery and crockery, laundry items, toiletries and gift vouchers. Every donation is helping someone in need. Donate now at https://www.mycause.com.au/