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A SNEAK PEEK AT FILM HAS MORE

The screenplay reading comes with an opera singer, Q&A and preview at the Holocaust Museum.

A staged screenplay reading of Lullaby, an independent feature film written, directed and produced by Clearwater native Kimberly M. Wetherell, will be presented May 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S in St. Petersburg.

Admission is free for museum members, and $9 for nonmembers.

The event is an unusual multimedia sneak peek into the development of a feature-length film. In addition to actors performing the script, the evening features a performance by opera soprano Colleen McGrath, a video preview of Lullaby and a Q&A session with Wetherell.

Lullaby is the fictional story of Tess O'Keefe, a widowed Polish Catholic immigrant and Florida retiree. Her granddaughter Kathleen discovers a box of mementos from Tess' secret past, revealing she is not only Jewish but also a Holocaust survivor.

"Having been raised within a devout Catholic family of intense secret-keepers, (Kathleen) turns to the most obvious and accessible place she can think of - the museum." Wetherell said in a news release. "What she discovers there about her family and consequently herself is the emotional climax of the film."

Wetherell hasn't announced her shooting cast yet but the staged reading features Orlando's Annie Kidwell as Tess and St. Petersburg's Geneva Rae as Kathleen. Other local actors include Ned Averill-Snell, Greg Milton, Stephen Ray and Francine Wolf.

The Florida Holocaust Museum is one of several Pinellas County locations specifically written into Wetherell's screenplay. Filming of Lullaby is expected to begin this fall, primarily along the Gulf Coast, plus a few scenes in New York, where Wetherell lived for the past 11 years.

Wetherell attended both Gibbs and Clearwater high schools around 1990, then the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. After graduation she traveled the world as an opera director and later as a filmmaker. She was an associate producer for the comedy Today's Special starring former Tampa resident and Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi.

For more information about Lullaby visit www.lullaby-movie.com.

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