ABC Family series 'Bunheads' talent search for teen girls with Ballet Experience

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ABC Family Series Bunheads Teen Girls Talent Search

"Bunheads" is an AFTRA show and will begin shooting mid-November 2011.
AB Media Publishing, LLC

Dark Toy Entertainment and ABC Family is producing a new one-hour scripted drama called "Bunheads", and casting calls have gone out to Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and also Canada. The producers are seeking a variety of teen girls who have strong Ballet Experience. They prefer girls who are 18 and above who can play 14 - 17 years of age, or girls under 18 who are emancipated, but it is not absolutely required. When submitting, please specify if you have the ability to dance on pointe, as several roles require this ability. They want girls with a small-town attitude. Shooting begins mid-November in Los Angeles. The original title of this show was "Strut".

Primetime Emmy nominated Amy Sherman-Palladino is executive producing "Bunhead". Sherman-Palladino is best known as creator, executive producer, head writer, and director of the popular WB Television Network series "Gilmore Girls". Norman Buckley will also executive produce. Buckly has directed such hit shows as "Pretty Little Liars," "Gossip Girl," "90210," "Melrose Place," "The O.C." among many others. Charlie Stratton, Anna Mastro, and Karey Burke round out the executive producing team.

Amy Sherman-Palladino will also direct the pilot episode from a screenplay that she wrote herself. About "Bunheads", Sherman-Palladino said, "I spent 20 years of my life with my hair in a bun. I was supposed to be a dancer. My mother was a dancer. Her greatest heartbreak was when I got on Roseanne. So, while writing this will never equal playing "Rumpelteazer" in a bus and truck tour of Cats, it does let me tip my hat to a really special time in my life." The project was originally picked up as a cast-contingent pilot last fall with writer Lamar Damon.

Talent must be able to convincingly portray the role of a teenager – and be legally eligible to work in the United States. Candidates must also be available for production beginning mid-November, 2011.

The 2012 Los Angeles Actors Resource Guide includes the following documents for foreign talent who would like to audition for "Bunheads":

• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• California Child Actor Permit Application
• California Minors Summary Chart
• Child Actor Coogan Trust Deposit Instructions
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

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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:

Jeanie Bacharach
Gillian O'Neill
Bacharach /O'Neill Casting
4000 Warner Blvd.
Bldg. 183 suite 101
Burbank, CA 91522

New York:

Beth Bowling
Kim Miscia
Bowling/Miscia Casting
609 Greenwich Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10014

Extras Casting

Central Casting
220 S. Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Registration Info: (818) 562-2755
Do not send photos to Central Casting, you must register in person.

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 Avenue
Burbank, CA 91505

Dark Toy Entertainment
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608


Karey Burke
Charlie Stratton
Norman Buckley
Anna Mastro


Amy Sherman-Palladino


Sutton Foster - Michelle Simms


Centers on Michelle (Sutton Foster) who was accepted into the American Ballet Theatre at 17 with a full scholarship, eventually did some Broadway, and then ended up a Las Vegas showgirl looking at a dead end with both her career and her life. She impulsively marries a man and moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law Fanny’s dance school.