First, we needed to find some actors. Next we realized that we were going to need to do some serious fundraising. Then came the actual fun and work of making the movie.
On August 5, 2017 the big day came. We casted 22 children to act in Outlaws of Ravenhurst. What a moment! To get everyone warmed up, I recited the poem My Hoggie by Robert Burns for all the kids to get in the Scottish mood.
We gave all the children a line from popular movies and had them repeat the lines in different emotions: sad, angry, surprised.
No one was shy or embarrassed during the auditions. As soon as each actor was done with their audition, we measured them for their costumes! The age range of the cast was from 45 years to 4 months.
In September, I put together a pledge drive for the Earl's Room. I wanted this particular set to look impressive so our budget was $700. I especially wanted a certain picture of Our Lady. I saw it on Art.com and just had to have it in the movie. It was $200.
In Outlaws Of Ravenhurst, the painting of Our Lady would play a special part in stressing a child’s faith in the influence of Our Blessed Mother before the throne of her Son.
I made the pledge drive fun by having The Virgin Annunciate painting gifted to the largest donor to the pledge drive! Money poured in from all directions, and I am glad to say, we passed our goal by $100.