Official ABC Family TV Musical 'Elixer' open casting call for Pittsburgh dancers

This casting notice has expired. Production is complete.

ABC Family Dancer Open Casting Call

Filming will run through October 21, 2011.
AB Media Publishing, LLC

Note: This ABC Famly telefilm has been using the working title of "Elixer". A working title is the temporary name of a film used during its development. Working titles are used primarily for two reasons - the first being that an official title has not yet been decided upon and the working title is being used as a filler for naming purposes, the second being to intentionally disguise the production of a high profile film. In some cases a working title may ultimately be used as the official title. This "title ruse" is now a very common practice by which these high-profile films or television series are given a fake working title to keep its production a secret, and to prevent price gouging by suppliers, casual theft and undesirable attention. The release title of this film will not be "Elixer" according to a network spokeswoman.

The Disney Channel's sister network ABC Family is set to shoot a television musical movie in Pittsburgh, PA from September 19th through October 21, 2011. The production is holding an open casting call for Pittsburgh area local dancers to work throughout filming. Dancers must be aged 19 to 30 and be proficient in jazz, contemporary and hip-hop. Points will also be awarded for gymnastic ability.

Moroccan American music video and film director Sanaa Hamri will direct the telefilm from a screenplay written by Jaylynn Bailey and Terry Rossio. Hamri's videos include Prince's "Musicology", Kelly Rowland's "Stole", Mariah Carey's "Crybaby". She has also directed videos for Lenny Kravitz, Joss Stone, Sting, Raven-Symoné, Jay-Z, and Christina Aguilera. Her film credits include "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2", "Just Wright", and "Common".

Writer Terry Rossio will also executive produce. Rossio is an extremely accomplished writer, who wrote all of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" screenplays among countless others. Debra Martin Chase and Gaylyn Fraiche will produce the project under the banner of Chase's company Martin Chase Productions, which also produced director Sanaa Hamri's films "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" and "Just Wright".

Open Casting Call Details

Here is what the Pittsburgh casting director is seeking:

• Male and female dancers ages 19 to 30.
• AFTRA members, AFTRA eligible, and Trained Experienced Non-Union dancers are eligible.
• All dancers must be Pittsburgh area locals.
• Incredible dancers in excellent physical shape.
• Proficient in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Gymnastic ability a huge plus.
• Men - Taylor Lautner type. Masculine, cut, washboard abs with "network-appropriate sexiness".
• Women - Ashley Tisdale/Mandy Moore types, fresh faced with "network-appropriate sexiness".
• All dancers must be willing to show stomach and legs.

Please bring the following to the auditions:

• Headshot and resume.
• Full body shot showing stomach and legs. Men - shirtless. Women - bikini top or sports bra and bikini bottom or short shorts. No speedos whatsoever.
• Photo does not need to be professional quality.

Please wear the following to the auditions:

• Shoes - jazz shoes or Capezio 3/4” dance shoes for women.
• Attire - Proper dance attire, no baggy clothes!


Benedum Center
Stage Door Entrance
Studio A, 2nd Floor
719 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Click Here for directions.


Women - Saturday August 20, 2011 @ 10:00am
Men - Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 10:00am

Note: No appointment is necessary. Be prepared to dance the entire day long!

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles & New York:

Kerry Barden
Paul Schnee
"Elixer" Casting
1513 6th Street
Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Nancy Mosser
"Elixer" Casting
Blackbird Studios
3583 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Extras Casting


Nancy Mosser
"Elixer" Extras Casting
Blackbird Studios
3583 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

ABC Family
3800 W Alameda Ave
Burbank, CA 91505

Martin Chase Productions
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Boss Productions, Inc.
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521


Debra Martin Chase
Gaylyn Fraiche
Terry Rossio


Jaylynn Bailey
Terry Rossio


Sanaa Hamri


Sara Paxton - Mirabella
Jane Seymour - Harper
Chelsea Kane - Young Harper
Tom Wopat - Ryan
Drew Seeley - Young Ryan


After drinking a mysterious elixir that shaves decades off her life, Harper Hutton attends her estranged daughter Mirabella's wedding as twentysomething in disguise with the intent of stopping her from marrying her playboy fiance.