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June 14, 2013

Our Town: Casting company seeking child actors

PALESTINE — Does your child have the acting bug?

A casting company is conducting a state-wide search for young African American males, age 6-8, with great imaginations and natural wit for a lead role in an upcoming feature film shooting in the Austin area in August.

The film will be directed by award-winning filmmaker Todd Rohal, who also directed “Nature Calls” starring Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt.

Vicky Boone Casting is looking for extroverted and funny kids who are full of ideas, comfortable around new people and environments, and who like hearing, telling or creating stories. Kids with interesting faces and timeless looks are especially encouraged to submit. Though no acting experience is necessary, kids will be paid on the scale of professional actors.

Here is the character description: “Tyson, age 6-8, African American, a practical joker with natural wit and a mischievous smile. A young Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Marlon Wayans.”

Interested parents or guardians may e-mail casting director Vicky Boone at Please include child’s name, best contact phone number, town of current residence and two recent photos.

Vicky Boone has cast films such as “The Tree of Life” (starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Elkhart’s Tye Sheridan), “Parkland” (starring Zac Efron), “The Girl” (starring Abbie Cornish) and “Abel’s Field” (starring Kevin Sorbo).

Williams Family Reunion

The descendants of Charlie Williams Sr. and Amanda Williams will celebrate 65 years of family history and legacy during the Williams Family Reunion Saturday and Sunday at the old family homestead in Montalba.

Charlies Williams Sr. was the fifth child of Jim and Myra Williams from Birmingham, Ala.

Charlie’s children — Word Williams, Jackson Williams, Charlie Williams Jr. “Big Baby,” Mary Carol Williams-Duncan, Clara Williams-Gardner, Idell Williams-Jackson, Mattie Williams-Jackson and Ellen Williams-Day-Sloan — wanted to keep the heritage of their forefather alive so they continued the reunion and invited all of Jim and Myra’s children to participate.

Saturday activities will start with the releasing of colorful balloons in honor of the loved ones who have passed away. Special Hawaiian activities will be provided by coordinator Renae Daughtery-Thomas.

Sunday services will begin at 11 a.m. at Providence Missionary Baptist Church on FM 321 in Montalba. Special recognition will be given to Ruby Gardner-Conley for being the eldest living family member.

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