In response to a Community Conversation held in Waukesha in March, Good Friend is creating a video targeted for middle school audiences. As such, co-founders Chelsea Budde and Denise Schamens are inviting youth ages 12-15, grades 6-8 (’09/’10 school year), to audition for a part in the as-yet-untitled production. The casting call will be held at Citizens Bank of Mukwonago Training Center, 2109 Corporate Dr. (Hwy. 59 & Center Rd.),Waukesha, from 4-6 p.m., on Friday, May 21.
This will be the second video in Good Friend’s autism awareness-acceptance-empathy line. It will be used both during Good Friend’s staff and student services, as well as sold to the general public. Our current DVD for elementary school has sold nearly 150 copies in 14 states, and has been screened for thousands of people since its 2007 release.
Those accepted for the project will neither receive compensation nor have any right or expectation to royalties or dividends in the future. What people who are part of this project will have is the satisfaction of helping create a better social atmosphere for all kids in middle school!
Good Friend is looking specifically for students with ASD who would be comfortable being interviewed on-screen, plus a handful of “regular education” students to act out parts of the script. Only one of those latter roles will involve speaking, but all auditions will include reading a portion of the script. All auditions will be taped for the purpose of determining suitability for the available roles.
Parents or guardians of interested students should contact Denise (phone 262-391-1369, or email firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule their child’s audition time or with any questions. Slots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.