Aspiring actress tries to create stage fright
Scary movies usually cause nightmares for Yuridia Escontrias-Casas. Now, she’s hoping one horror flick makes her dreams come true.”To be honest, I don’t watch too many scary movies because I’ll have nightmares,” said Escontrias-Casas, a national semifinalist for the “Dead Girls Club” American Scream Queen and King Contest. “But ‘The Ring’ is my favorite scary movie.”The 2005 Roaring Fork High School graduate from Carbondale is nearing the final round of the acting contest, which began April 8. The coed competition for 15- to 25-year-olds is utilizing the Internet and text messaging to help recruit new talent for the upcoming horror film “Dead Girls Club.” Visitors can go to http://www.deadgirlsclub.com to view Escontrias-Casas’ video and learn how to vote via cell phone.”I was just surfing the Internet and saw an advertisement for it. I thought I had nothing to lose,” Escontrias-Casas said. “I did speech in high school and won second place for the state speech competition for dramatic acting. I’ve loved acting since I was small.”To enter the competition, Escontrias-Casas, a Mesa State freshman majoring in computer-aided drafting, submitted a demo reel that included a brief introduction, her best scream, a monologue and a 30-second improv. If Escontrias-Casas receives enough votes from friends, family and the public by Thursday, she’ll move on to the finals with two other female contestants, from which a panel of judges will pick the winner. The contest ends April 30; winners will be announced May 5.”My little sister taped me,” Escontrias-Casas said. “There were a bunch of girls – there were about 300. Now there are only nine left.”The winning actor and actress fly to Los Angeles to play a feature role as a high school senior in “Dead Girls Club,” a thriller about a teen girl’s club initiation gone wrong. Debra Rahal, the film’s executive producer, said Escontrias-Casas has a good chance to land a role as one of four teenage girls terrorized in the film.”She’s been one of the top three girls for a while. The competition is heating up – she’s up against some tough competition,” Rahal said. “People really need to get behind Yuridia and vote because this could really be a good opportunity for her.”Like her competition, Escontrias-Casas is not a professional actress – but she aspires to make it to Hollywood one day. Her favorite actress is Julia Roberts, who had her share of scares in “Sleeping With the Enemy.””I can remember my friends and I, we used to act all the time. I took drama as a freshman, and I’ve done a promotional commercial with Bella Vita Academy in Denver,” said Escontrias-Casas, who took classes with the Model team modeling agency in Aspen. “The kind of acting I love to do is dramatic, serious. I’m not too good at comedy.”When it comes to being scared, Escontrias-Casas is not so good with arachnids, either.”I’ve always disliked spiders, but now I think I’m developing a phobia,” said the 19-year-old. “Now I can’t even see one without screaming.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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