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A scripted musical web series pilot about a shy teen gamer secretly writing a musical to impress the girl of his dreams.
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PERKS updates

Posted by Tom Diggs (Creator)

We go into rehearsal tomorrow. Very excited!

We also have a production meeting tomorrow. The crew is complete. Everything is coming along beautifully, thanks to you all!

Here are the casting website posts since last Friday:

Yesterday:

Seems the casting process is never really over. But I can happily report that the casting for the Perks Pilot is now complete. I want to introduce two sensationally talent ladies to our company, Jessica Angleskan and Carrie Salmon. They’ll be singing, dancing and acting in the big “Absolutely Hell” production number in the classroom and seen in the general school community in various other scenes.

I recently saw Jessica Angleskhan’s terrfic performance as ”Lil’ Joe” in director Brad Malow’s wonderful production of Sky Boys with Making Books Sing. Jessica has been seen in shows all over town. She was “Emilia” in Othello and “Rosa Gonzales” in Summer and Smoke on Theatre Row, “Tamar” in Jacob’s House at Flux Theatre Ensemble, “Ophelia” in Hamlet at Pearl Theatre Company. While in Dallas, she performed with the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and the Dallas Children’s Theater. You may have seen her in one of her many television appearances, including 30 Rock, Episode 514. Jessica is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Stella Adler Studio. We’re really delighted she’s in the cast of Perks.

Carrie Salmon is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at New York University’s Steinhardt School. Most recently, she was seen Off-Broadway in a reading of BullFright at the York Theater as Gypsy Rosalia. Her favorite roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Connie-Sue Whipple in Smile, and Nifty in 42nd Street. Carrie was also featured in a Bob Dylan promotional video, “Sticking with Mono.” We’re really grateful Carrie was able to balance her schoolwork with our rehearsal and shooting schedule.

We’re very excited to have Jessica and Carrie in the cast of Perks! ****************************************************** Just when you thought you could take a break from casting, three new characters pop up in Episode 2 …

And from Tuesday's Blog:

With the shoot less than two weeks away, we are putting the final touches on casting. The Creative Crew was after a very specific youthful/vibrant look, while at the same time looking for seasoned performers who had the chops to jump in, learn a song and dance in two hours, then perform it for a camera a week later, and maintain their vitality through a long day of stop-and-start shooting. For the past month, we've been combing through casting director recommendations and YouTube videos and scouting shows around town.

We are pleased to announce two more additions to the Perks ensemble. Welcome, Antonio Addeo and Howah Hung! These guys'll be singing and dancing in the big "Absolutely Hell" production number in the classroom and seen in the general school community in various other scenes.

We were first introduced to Howah at the general casting call. In addition ot his his fierce talents, we were struck by his insightful intelligence. When I approached Howah about doing this gig, he said was "super excited to revisit my music and dance-filled high school days." Howah's a native NY-er who refined his craft at NYU and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. He originated the role of Sgt. Impy in the New York Premiere of "Doll Face" (Off-Bway) and has starred in such films such as "Life, Quantized," "The Silent Treatment," and "Please, Talk to Me." Howah is also an avid player of board games and Xbox Kinect. Very useful in a musical about fanboys in love. We're glad you're on board, Howah! Check out his website: www.HowahHung.com

Antonio attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is currently getting his BFA in Musical Theatre from the New School University. He is not new to web series work as he can be seen in Gemini Rising as Roosevelt "Tubb" Green which was shot in Bucks County, PA, where Anonio is a native and graduated from Harry S. Truman High School. Some of his more notable roles include the Bar Fly in the short film The Music of Erich Zann, "Ching Ho" in the national high school cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie, "Pirelli" in Sweeney Todd, "Leo Frank" in Parade and the title role in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. More recently, Antonio has toured the world, literally, as "Theodore Gert" in Academy in Jupiter, Florida; Daegu, South Korea; and New York City. The cast of Academy also included Perks'Alex Wyse. Antonio has also been seen in Panama Hattie, Broadway Rising Stars, and a reading of Band Geeks, all in New York.

We are delighted to have Howah and Antonio join the cast of Perks!

And from Monday:

When Director Bill Oliver and DP David Kagen took a tour of the location to prep for their shot list, they came up with several great ideas for the library scene. One of their ideas included having a wise, adult librarian keeping a watchful eye over everything that happens in her library. The kind of librarian who has seen it all. The kind of librarian who can clock a few succinct reaction shots. The kind of librarian who runs a tight ship. The search was on to find a wonderfully wise and beautifully expressive actress. We found her in Ghana Leigh. Ghana helped us organize the initial casting call, so she was already on our radar and hip to what we're up to. She was available for the day of the shoot, and she was happy to help out. We are delighted Ghana Leigh is going to be The Librarian.

Ghana is a native New Yorker. She has a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and also completed the Acting Program at Circle-In-The-Square Theatre School. Ghana has done thirteen Off-Off Broadway plays, two Off Broadway plays, and three short films. She is currently performing pieces from her one-woman show, "No Visible Means of Support." She is also beginning pre-production on a film she has written, doing readings of her short stories and finishing two heirloom quality, original yarncraft commissions. This is her first web show.

After we launch the pilot, we'll be launching a series of shorter pieces about the making of "Perks," including several segments on our cast and crew. I hope Ghana will share some of her writing, including an excerpt from her solo show, "No Visible Means of Support." She can act, she's a writer, and she creates beautiful yarncraft. She's extraordinarily multi-talented.

I asked Ghana to share a sample of her yarncraft. If you want to contact Ghana, let me know and I 'll make sure you connect.

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