Play Ball USA is offering $10 Open Hitting Nights for MSBL players, for the following locations, days and times.
MONDAY NIGHTS--8-10 PM at Mt. Prospect
Mt Prospect location at 412 Business Center Drive (inside Players U)--PH: 847-375-0840
THURSDAY NIGHTS at 7-9 PM at Northbrook
SATURDAY MORNINGS at 8-10 AM at Northbrook
SUNDAY MORNINGS at 8-10 AM at Northbrook
Northbrook location at 1885 Holste Rd (1 block south of Willow Rd, just off Shermer Rd)--PH: 847-376-9386
Just say you are an MSBL player and pay $10 at the front desk. Directions can be gotten at our website at www.playballdirect.com
Play Ball USA-NORTHBROOK is located at 1885 Holste Rd, 1 block south of Willow at Shermer Rd., (just past the RR underpass and UPS/Storage Mart)
Batting cages, Mounds, Turf Area, with more Cages to be added soon!
Play Ball's MT. PROSPECT facility is located at 412 Business Center Dr. Just off the corner/east of Rand Rd and Business Center Dr. Inside Players U
Batting cages, mounds and large Turf areas
Both Play Ball facilities are open for Individual Memberships, Private Hitting/Pitching Lessons and Team Training Rentals
Contact: Mark Donahue, 937-433-2077
FILM PRODUCTION COMPANY BLENDS CROWD FUNDING AND TALENT SEARCH/ SEEKS LOCAL ACTORS TO PLAY KEY ROLES
Transforming Novel into Motion Picture May Feature Indiana Athletes and Acting Talent
Baseball fans in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin can now directly participate in a unique crowd funding initiative that incorporates a talent search by nominating baseball players to play key roles in a movie titled Last At Bat, based on a novel by Mark Donahue. The program, titled the Search for Dylan Michael, (the story’s key character) will seek baseball players from the ages of 8-27 to play Dylan in various stages of his life. Crowd funding has become a standard form of raising capital for film makers and other entrepreneurs. In 2013 alone, crowd funding raised over $5.1 billion world-wide. Spike Lee, Tom Hanks, Zack Braff and many other notable producers have turned to crowd funding whereby fans donate money to a film in exchange for gifts and other perks.
As part of this crowd funding project, persons who donate at least $50 at www.LastAtBatTheMovie.com have the option of giving themselves, friends, children and others a printed invitation to attend preliminary baseball tryouts that will lead to acting auditions and screen tests for the three baseball players needed to portray Dylan Michael. The 3 winners will each receive a $5,000 acting fee, and up to 100 players – girls/boys/men/women of all ages – are needed to play teammates and opponents in the film. Men and women are also needed to play coaches, umpires, extras and other roles.
Last at Bat is a comeback story about star-crossed major league baseball star Dylan Michael, who the world believes was killed in a horrific plane crash. But Dylan somehow survived. And with the support and devotion of a small southern town he recaptures his on-the-field greatness under a new identity.
Producer/author Mark Donahue and Director Jijo Reed decided to embark on a talent search after casting calls in Hollywood did not yield results. Said Reed, “We found some good young actors, but few could play baseball which is a requirement of the script. Rather than using stand-ins we decided to find young men who can really play the game.” Added Donahue, “I was watching the Little League World Series last summer on TV, and the young men were not only great players but during interviews they were articulate, funny and had that athletic swagger we wanted. They were also hams… but in a good way. So, we decided why not get the real thing?”
Several rounds of tryouts will begin this spring at 30-50 geographical areas including Major League baseball cities. Times, dates and locations will be announced on www.LastAtBatTheMovie.com around March 1. A second round of tryouts is planned for July, with final casting selections to be made around September 1, 2015. While not having to be professional actors, participants should have the combination of baseball and related skills to be considered.
“While crowd funding is by no means new, we wanted to add a twist to the process,” said Donahue. “We wanted to reach out specifically to baseball fans who we hope, through their donations, will help us make the next great baseball film. But, we also wanted those same fans to either enter the competition themselves or nominate someone they think should be in the film -- a son, nephew, or even a daughter.” (Mr. Donahue emphasized that this crowd funding project is not a paid-to-audition initiative, as donors will be given the option to nominate anyone they feel could portray Dylan Michael or other roles.)
With offers to sell his story to Hollywood studios, Mr. Donahue decided financing his film through this crowd funding hybrid would allow him to retain creative control and produce the story in his novel. To do so he has assembled a creative and administrative team devoted to this project. To learn more, please visit www.LastAtBatTheMovie.com, or MarkrDonahue.com.
Midwest Regional Manager
Illinois, Michigan & Wisconsin