OPEN CASTING CALL: Political Justice

This is a film school senior thesis project for Andrew Gingerich, a senior at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, formerly of Fort Collins.  I’ve worked with him on three films and find him to be intelligent, organized, and professional beyond his years, so I highly encourage you all to audition, even though there will be no pay.

Auditions consisting of cold readings and political banter will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 8-10

Evening auditions will be held each day from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Poudre River Arts Center, 406 North College Ave., Fort Collins, CO (Northeast corner of Willow & N. College).  Use the east side exterior stairs and come up to the second level.

Daytime auditions will held Wednesday only at Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine Street – Fort Collins, CO from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Appointments are preferred but not necessary.  To make an appointment, call Gale McGaha Miller at 970-402-9140 or email her.

Working title: Political Justice

Projected runtime: 120 minutes

Synopsis: Gas station attendant Dale Roper is a political junkie and part-time speechwriter for a man he hates: Wyoming state senator Wilt Sturgeon (“Like the fish!” say all his campaign signs). When events conspire to launch Sturgeon as a candidate for Wyoming’s only Congressional seat, Dale winds up working both for and against Sturgeon in an attempt to save the nation from Wilt the Fish’s influence. As the election draws near and Dale is faced with cynicism and corruption on both sides, he is forced to decide which side he’s on—with potentially dire consequences.

May-June: Script revisions, casting, location scouting, rehearsals
July 5-6: Crew orientation, equipment check
July 7: Start of principal photography
August 5: Principal photography wraps

Featured cast breakdown is as follows.  Many roles are gender neutral and could go either way.


Dale Roper
24, smart, political junkie; speechwriter for Wilt Sturgeon, despises his boss

Rep. T.J. Carvey
60s, beloved sitting Republican Representative of Wyoming’s at-large Congressional district (16)

Wilt Sturgeon
50s, Wyoming state senator and first-time Republican Congressional candidate; sub-moron (16)

John Braunbauer
50s, mining tycoon and big-time Republican donor (14)

Wiley Jerris
40s, mild-mannered chair of the Wyoming Republican party (12)

Lucy Dawes
26, political correspondent for a Laramie newspaper (12)

Terry Shrike
Late 20s, assistant campaign manager for Mark Hoffman (15)

Mark Hoffman
40s, Californian carpetbagger and Democratic Congressional candidate; slick and well-groomed, with perfect teeth (17)

Margot Helmond
40s, Hoffman campaign manager (9)

17, ignorant brat and chewing tobacco aficionado; boss at Dale’s day job (3)

Doc Barge
40s, loner, former Carvey communications director, defects to join Winchester campaign (10)

Evan Parker
30s, Sturgeon campaign manager, not particularly talented by very earnest and a hard worker (14)

Tricia Fisk
30s, Sturgeon campaign treasurer, feels that she is under-appreciated (8)

Phillips Winchester
50s, Republican/Libertarian/Independent wing-nut/gun-nut candidate (12)

Jesús Delgado
40s, blue-collar worker and Laramie night owl with unique ideas about the role
of government (1)

Number in parentheses refers to the approximate number of scenes in which each character appears.

In addition to featured cast, there will be numerous small parts and extras.

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