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O’Fallon actors get a chance to be discovered this weekend

This weekend local actors will be given a chance to audition for the movie “The Racket,” directed and written by . If selected, the actors will join St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, who has already been chosen for the movie.
This weekend local actors will be given a chance to audition for the movie “The Racket,” directed and written by . If selected, the actors will join St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, who has already been chosen for the movie. Courtesy photo

Circa 87 and Wehrenberg Theaters announced on Tuesday the release of the locally-shot dramedy film Proximity.

The movie will star local actors and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright in his first big screen acting role.

Local actors (experience and non-experienced) will get another chance to audition for Circa 87 this weekend in O’Fallon, at O’Fallon 15 Cine on Friday and Saturday, September 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Dress is casual.

Actors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Each actor may prepare a two-minute monologue of his or her choice, or download the monologue provided on circa87.com.

“This is how we will be finding local talent for 2017,” says writer/director Dan Steadman.

Two years ago we did the same thing at Wehrenberg with the release of Belleville.

Dozens of actors from those open calls will have speaking roles in Proximity.

In fact, three of our five lead actors — Cody Heuer, Sandy Sparks, and Meg Davis — were discovered this way. So it obviously works.

“The wealth of talent is huge in the Midwest, which is why I moved here from Los Angeles,” Steadman said.

The film will release on four screens starting this Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-8) at

O’Fallon 15 Cine, Chesterfield’s Galaxy 14 Cine, Mid Rivers Cine 14 Cine and Ronnie’s 20 Cine.

Each theatre will host simultaneous open-casting calls for their respective community

Purchasing a ticket is not required to audition, although actors who show their ticket stubs for Proximity will move to the front of the line, before or after the movie plays. Tickets are standard pricing.

“My desire is to continue to tell stories of modern, smart Midwesterners and we can only

continue to do that if people show up and vote with their dollar,” Steadman said.

“It’s a huge community effort to pull off movies at this level – and we hope to be able to continue doing it.”

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