Scene & Heard by Heidi Kurpiela

Scene & Heard 06.03.10

Posted June 2, 2010 at 7:00 am

by Heidi Kurpiela

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+ 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,, 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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