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Would-be actors audition for movie to woo Google to Twin Ports

By Candace Renalls

Duluth News Tribune

Of the more than 50 people who turned out Saturday to audition for the "Twin Ports Google Movie," few wanted to be the Cirrus executive.

After all, the role has only one line.

So producer Jeff Reasbeck is looking to Cirrus Aircraft to find a real company executive who can deftly deliver the one-liner during filming later this week. Filming for the 20- to 30-minute film will culminate with a rally from 2-4 p.m. next Saturday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

It's all to woo Google to choose Duluth-Superior for its super high-speed fiber-optic service.

"We had some good people here," said Reasbeck, who presided over the auditions in the old Carnegie Library in Duluth. "We may find what we need."

The morning auditions that were to end at 1 p.m. continued into the afternoon because of the number of people who showed up.

Reasbeck, along with director Kenneth Kemp of Los Angeles, will choose the cast: seven speaking roles and six prominent nonspeaking roles.

Kemp, who has done independent, corporate and industrial films and work for the 2002 Olympics, will arrive in Duluth on Wednesday for filming Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

If they're not satisfied with the pool of candidates, they'll look further into the community to fill some of the other roles; a child, a 30-something business woman, truck driver, couple in their 60s and a wise old man.

One by one, the would-be actors, from children to seniors, stepped into the former library's rotunda. Before Reasbeck and a camera, they read their chosen part from a script written by Reasbeck's brother, Joe.

"I don't think I'll be called back," said Heidi Green, a 49-year-old technology teacher who tried out for the part of the older woman.

"I'm not an actress and I have no aspirations," she said. "I just want to support the community... Technologically, we're getting there, but we have a long way to go."

Some like Gary Kruchowski, who's currently performing sketch comedy at Teatro Zuccone, has had considerable acting experience.

Besides auditioning to help promote the local Google initiative, he said he's getting back into theater and acting, which he did when he was younger.

"As I get closer to retirement, I'm thinking of doing more," he said." I'm going for the Wilford Brimley cranky old guy parts."

So what were the filmmakers looking for?

"We're looking for energy, acting experience and background, especially in comedy and improvisational theater," Reasbeck said. "Based on the script, we want them to add their own personality."