Casting Call For Aspiring Tonyas, Nancys

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THERE were more Tonyas and Nancys than you could ``shake a stick at.''

At least that was the line from the creative folks from Comedy Central, the cable television all-comedy network, who had put out an open casting call for actresses to play you-know-who for a five-minute made-for-TV movie about you-know- what.

This particular movie - perhaps more like a skit - to be aired at 8 p.m. on Feb. 22, is called ``Spunk: the Tonya Harding story.''

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It intends to look at the whole episode from Tonya's point of view, says Ken Olshansky, director of development at Comedy Central. And, what is Tonya's point of view? ``I'm only trying to win a gold medal for my country,'' was the audition line.

Susan Hamilton, a professional figure skater from Wilbraham, Mass., says she's perfect for the role. Why? ``No comment,'' is her reply.

Aspiring Nancys didn't have too much to say - on the ice either. ``Why me, why anyone?''

Actress Paula Panzarella, her hair long, brown and curly, says she's the right actress since all of her friends are now calling her Nancy. The look-alike says she's prepared for the part since she's from the Bronx.

``I'm used to villains,'' she explains.

If the exercise proved anything, it was that there are plenty of blonds with pony tails and close-set eyes and brunettes with curls and long legs. Fifty actresses and one actor came.

An actor? Yes, David Locascio, a professional ice dancer, tried out for Nancy's part. ``I can be into cross-dressing for the role,'' says the pony-tailed Mr. Locascio.

Locascio, in fact, impressed one of the judges, Claude Loiselle, a hockey player with the New York Islanders.

``The guy's a good actor, but his turns are a little wide,'' says Mr. Loiselle, who admitted he was more into checking people into the boards than triple axels.

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