Role-reversal for Rebecca St. James in first leading part, as 'Sarah'
As a high-profile champion of abstinence, Rebecca St. James may surprise some of her fans with her first starring movie role—as a pregnant single woman contemplating abortion.
But for the award-winning singer and author, the pro-life message of Sarah's Choice (8-93261-00184-4, $19.99, Pure Flix Entertainment) goes "hand in hand" with the purity stand she has made through her songs and books. "God impassioned my heart for this project," St. James said of the DVD that released Nov. 6.
The 88-minute drama that follows up-and-coming advertising executive Sarah Collins' grappling with a life-and-death decision earned a standing ovation when it was screened for a national gathering of crisis pregnancy centers.
Though St. James has appeared in other films, playing Sarah was her first "daunting" lead part. One of the most dramatic scenes was shot on just the second day of filming, drawing real tears as she cried out to God for help to bring "authenticity" to the scene.
The production provided a personal bonus as well as promoting issues close to her heart. Sarah's screen sister Denise was portrayed by Staci Keanan, whom St. James had enjoyed watching when the actress appeared on Step By Step. "It was an honor to work with her," said St. James.
A Christmas motif runs through the film, with Sarah challenged by three Dickens-like visitations, finally making up her mind as the holiday arrives.
Other cast members include comedian Brad Stine, as an older man passing on words of wisdom to Sarah's boyfriend, veteran actor Dick Van Patten and actress Charlene Tilton from TV's legendary Dallas.
In addition to a strong pro-life message, the story line also offers hope of healing to women who have had an abortion. "There's a very redemptive focus," said St. James. "It is full of grace moments."
St. James wrote a song, "Little One," that plays during the final scene and end credits and which may appear on her next album.
To order Sarah's Choice, call EMI CMG Distribution at 800-877-4443, or go to www.emicmgdistribution.com.