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November 14, 2013

‘A Haunting at the Carnegie’ debuts Saturday

Features talents of young local actors, including Hollywood’s Emma Lyle

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“(S)he often has to leave the state to film and is out of class for long periods at a time,” added Nina, noting that fifth-grader Emma is able to audition for almost any major role thank to having agents in several major U.S. cities. “The teachers and staff at her school have been very supportive and we appreciate everything they have done for Emma.”
It’s a creative family all the way around — Emma’s sister Savan-nah, who did set design for the “Haunting” film, won the Kentucky “Doodle for Google” contest earlier this year.
Since coming to Somerset, Emma, Ryan and Nina have helped start a Young Actors Studio at the Carnegie Center. The Young Actors Studio provides acting classes and private coaching for children and young adults who have a desire to act on film or the stage.  
“Our goals are to share with the children and young teens in Pulaski County the skills needed to speak in public, obtain scholarships for college, book film work, or help them prepare for Broadway,” said Nina. “Acting and film making at the Young Actors Studio is a lot of fun! We want to make more films and get more students enrolled now that people know about the classes —especially teens. We'd love to mentor the next Jennifer Lawrence or Josh Hutcherson — two very popular actors from Kentucky who also star in the Hunger Games film franchise together.”
Out of this effort came the idea for “The Haunting of the Carnegie.” Nina and her kids discussed the idea for the film after the first class was held. The story is about a brother and sister who go trick-or-treating on Halloween with a group of children they don’t know very well — and the Carnegie Center is the site of supernatural goings-on.

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