Cue the klieg lights, roll out the red carpet and get ready to see some stars. Hollywood is once again rolling into Clearwater, this time for a gala screening of Dolphin Tale at Ruth Eckerd Hall this evening.
A media advisory released Monday announced that red carpet attendees will include director Charles Martin Smith; cast members Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Nathan Gamble, Austin Stowell, Austin Highsmith and Betsy Landin; producers Andrew Kosove, Richard Ingber, Robert Engelman and Steve Wegner; television personality, and actor Montel Williams; Clearwater Marine Aquarium CEO and Dolphin Tale co-producer David Yates and Winter's trainer and cast member Abby Stone.
The festivities are supposed to start shortly after 5 p.m., with staggered drop-offs for the stars at the red carpet. So those attending the showing should arrive early if they want to see the stars, director and producers. All of the arrivals are scheduled to be in the hall by 6 p.m.
The special screening at 6:30 p.m. is sponsored by Bright House Networks and is a fundraiser for the aquarium and for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Tickets are $99 and include two free admission passes to Clearwater Marine Aquarium to visit the actual movie set and see the star of the movie, Winter. You can purchase them on the aquarium's website, seewinter.com.
The event is being touted as the largest venue for a 3-D movie ever shown in Florida. American High Def, which provided 3D set-up for the world premiere of Avatar, has been busy installing a projector and a 50-foot screen for the showing of the movie, which is a fictionalized account of Winter's rescue and her quest for a tail. It opens locally on Friday.