Scene & Heard 06.03.10
Posted June 2, 2010 at 7:00 am
by Heidi Kurpiela« back to blog main page
+ BeauBeau designer gets patent approval
Big congratulations are in order for Susan Beausang, whose patent for the BeauBeau headscarf was finally approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Beausang’s unique (and trendy!) hair accessory made specifically for women who suffer from medical hair loss is patent No. 7,707,656, further strengthening the Sarasota entrepreneur’s iron grip on the medical headscarf market.
A former Philadelphia stockbroker with a fashion merchandise degree, Beausang initiated the patent process in 2007, six years after being diagnosed with alopecia universalis, an autoimmune disease that causes complete hair loss.
The BeauBeau, which Beausang sells through her Internet company, 4Women.com, comes in a variety of patterns, sizes and fabric types. A special channel in the back of the scarf gives full coverage, allowing for some movement and stretch, while a lining attached to the front of the fabric prevents slippage or gapping, which is why Beausang pursued a patent. These scarves aren’t just ordinary cuts of silk.
Inspired by the numbers of scarves she’s seen recently on the heads of Hollywood starlets, Beausang shipped two of her signature scarves to actress Katie Holmes and her daughter, Suri Cruise.
The designer continues to scour the tabloids for a photo of the celebrity mother/daughter duo rocking Black and Bloom BeauBeaus.
+ Talent agency signs Lakewood Ranch grad
The area’s talent pool continues to produce bright-eyed performers with superstar promise.
Meet 26-year-old Jennifer Carter, a 2002 graduate of Lakewood Ranch High School. Carter has been performing with regional theater companies in North Carolina and Virginia since graduating in 2006 from Florida State University.
Last month, the actress signed with Wilhelmina Talent Agency, following her performance as Kate Keller in “The Miracle Worker” at Showtimers Community Theatre, in Roanoke, Va.
Carter, who blew audiences away in 2008 with her portrayal of Patsy Cline in “Always Patsy Cline” at the Thunder Bay Theatre, in Alpena, Mich., is headed to New York City this summer to pursue film-and-television opportunities.
With Wilhelmina behind her, Carter should have no problem landing gigs. The talent agency is responsible for launching the careers of Beyoncé, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson and this season’s “Dancing With the Stars” winner, Nicole Scherzinger.
+ Asolo Rep still scouting for outlaw
Attention middle-school bad boys. The Asolo Repertory Theatre is still searching for an actor to play little Clyde Barrow in next season’s “Bonnie & Clyde” musical. Young Clyde is described as a white male between the ages of 11 and 14. Not to be picky, but the ideal ’tween is tall for his age and has an unchanged voice –– oh, and he should able to perform a one-minute monologue and sing 16 bars from his own sheet music during the three-minute audition.
The pressure is on, boys.
The Asolo Rep will be the first theater in the country to stage the production before it goes to Broadway.
The company kicked off its casting hunt in April. Composed by Frank Wildhorn (“Jekyll & Hyde” and “The Scarlet Pimpernel”), the musical, which has seven equity roles, will open Nov. 19.
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McAllister withdraws from Sarasota County Commission race
Write-in candidate for District 2, Steve McAllister, decided to drop from the race to focus on filmmaking and to give support to opponent Alexandra Coe.
Frozen ice palace coming to Mall at University Town Center
The popular Disney animated movie is partnering with Taubman Centers to promote an upcoming sing-along DVD of the film.
PHOTO GALLERY: Class 7A-Distrit 10 championship
The Lakewood Ranch High volleyball team captured its fourth straight district title with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-13 victory over Sarasota in the Class 7A-District 10 championship Oct. 23. Nicole Grant powered the Lady Mustangs with 12 kills, two blocks and eight digs. Layne Thompson added 11 kills and one block. Kaylee York recored seven kills, one block and nine digs. Courtney Rapp dished out 35 assists and had a block. Lakewood will play host to East Lake in a regional quarterfinal match Oct. 29. Sarasota will travel to Seminole for its regional quarterfinal.
PHOTO GALLERY: Women's Club Casino Night
Ladies in the Lakewood Ranch Women's Club put on their poker faces Oct. 23 for the club’s annual Monty Carlos’ Casino Night, at the Polo Grill's Fete Ballroom.
24 Lakewood Ranch Republican Luncheon
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
24 "Jazz at Two" with the Ken Loomer Quartet
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
24 Sarasota Pumpkin Festival
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
24 A Night to Remember Gala
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm