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A Home for Curiosities

A boy named Wally [Nate Ruth] discovers a home for forgotten imaginary friends, and resolves to find a way to help these 'Curiosities' find new purpose.

Cast

Nathaniel Ruth as Wallace

Nathaniel Ruth is a talented middle schooler, and award-winning actor,  with a knack for sculpture and drawing. He is a big fan of movies, and the craft behind them. Nate was making connections between Kirusowa's Seven Samurai, and Pixar's A Bug's Life by third grade. He is also a big fan of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Coming from a home with two working artists, acclaimed graphic novelist Greg Ruth, and master jeweler Jen Smith, he has spent his entire life immersed in the arts. This is Nate's second short film to date. 

Vanessa Libbey as Adelaide

Vanessa Libbey is a classically trained singer and actress from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor's in vocal performance from Luther College (2014). In addition to Classical music, she regularly performs Broadway and Jazz. She recorded the premiere of Denice Rippentrop’s album If: What do I Know About Calvary Love?, a song cycle based on the poetry of Amy Carmichael. In addition to singing, Vanessa is an actress whose work spans comedic and classical endeavors. She works in film and voiceover, and is an avid storyteller whose performances have earned her many titles, including Wisconsin State Champion with the National Forensics League. Vanessa puts her storytelling to good use, volunteering in NYC public schools, where she teaches kids the joys of reading. You can find her performing all over New York City, where she lives. Additionally, Vanessa is a gifted calligrapher and has recently started a calligraphy company.

Ripley Dresser as Alice

Ripley is a lively seventh grader. She is an avid actor/dancer who performs regularly in local theater, a singer with the youth choir at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, MA, and she recently played the title character in Annie at the Shea Performing Arts Center. Ripley is excited to make her short film debut as Alice Carter in A Home for Curiosities alongside her costar Nate.