An age-old adage: little girls are made of sugar, spice and all things nice. In the case of the bubbly Ruby Curtis, however, a few other ingredients have been tossed in: spunk, poise and an extra dose of talent.
Ruby answers the door with her mother, Tamsyn, on a balmy Wednesday afternoon. Sunlight frames her blonde hair as Ruby, dressed in pink cowboy boots and a sparkly tutu, confidently leads the way in. She is only seven years old, but – she tells me as we sit down on the patio – Ruby has already lived in some of the world’s most idyllic locations. “I was born in New York City, and when I was three months old we moved to London. That’s where my brother was born. And then, when I was two, we moved to Los Angeles. That’s why it says ‘LA’ on my shirt,” Ruby points out.
Ruby came to Simbithi two years ago with the rest of the Curtis family: parents Simon and Tamsyn and her brother Theo (5). ‘Ru’, as her mother fondly calls her, has been singing for most of her life. “Literally, from before she could talk, she could hum. Even now, whenever Ruby concentrates, she hums.” Tamsyn says. “This year, she started singing lessons with Kerry-Lee at Ashton International College. Next year, we hope to start her off with piano and dance lessons.”
When Ruby strutted onto the Simbithi’s Got Talent stage, she instantly captivated the audience and judging panel. The audience quickly got to grooving when her infectious performance of Meghan Trainor’s hit No Excuses began to play. Ruby delivered an enthralling performance, complete with finger-wagging and hand-on-the-hip attitude. “You should give all the credit to my mom,” Ruby smiles. “She taught me all those moves! I chose that song because it’s funky and I wanted people to clap and dance. I practiced it every night for my mom and dad.”
The Katy Perry fan (she’s also a ‘Swiftie’) has had her first gig, already, at The Shed; and has another lined up at Sound Café. When she is nervous, she simply “takes a big, deep breath” and says if she can sing in front of a crowd, then anybody can.
And, of course, she thoroughly enjoys life on Simbithi, particularly her ‘safari rides’ on the golf cart to see the wildlife. “I also like riding my bike on the trails,” she nods emphatically. Weekly dinners at the Fig Tree are also a firm fixture, especially if she gets to see her favourite waiter, Vincent. “I lov