Commonwealth Journal


November 14, 2013

‘A Haunting at the Carnegie’ debuts Saturday

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


Somerset —

“We had previously spoken with the director of the Carnegie, Diane Giddens, who told us that the Carnegie was actually declared haunted by real ghost hunters,” said Nina. “The story was fascinating. ... We combined the ideas of ghosts, the Carnegie and the fact that the end of the class was near Halloween and that’s how the film idea came about.”
Writing the script took only a few hours. It was filmed on a shoestring budget in about 20 hours, with the resulting short film being about a half-hour long. Eight filming hours came from the actual acting classes at the Carnegie.
The cast is comprised of students enrolled at the Young Actor's Studio of Somerset, as well as the actual music teacher at the Carnegie, William McNeil (who plays, well, a music teacher in the film).
The students comprising the cast of the film include Josie Watkins, Lydia Stewart, Jordan Jackson, Allie Casada, Hannah Kegley, Brylee Patit, and Hayden Back.
Cost for Young Actors Studio participation is $10 per class ,or you can apply for the YEARN program to have your child attend for no cost to you. The Carnegie Center's YEARN (Young Emerging Artists Rec-eive Nurturing) Program sponsors children in the area who excel in the visual and performing arts. They offer music classes, art lessons and acting classes. They are a 501c3 non-profit organization. They obtain their funds from private donations because they do not receive any government funding and actively seek local sponsors to help provide free lessons for kids who can’t afford them or have a gift in the arts.  
If you have a child that would like to participate in the YEARN program OR if you or your business would like sponsor a child Please contact Diane Giddens at (606) 677-0333. The YEARN program also accepts donations in form of art supplies, musical instruments, film making and sound equipment.  Donations are tax deductible.
Applications for the YEARN program are available at the Carnegie. Parents interested should call the Carnegie at (606) 677-0333, go online at, or email us at 

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