June 29, 2016

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Open casting call for ‘The Bronze’ set for Sunday at Midway Mall

ELYRIA — So you want to be in pictures?

Then plan to get to Midway Mall 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday for an open casting call for extras and other actors for the Melissa Rauch comedy “The Bronze” that will film in the Amherst area next month.

Auditions will take place in the mall’s community room, according to information from Lillian Pyles, who is serving as local casting director for Precious Metals LLC, the film’s production company.

Extras will not need to go through auditions but are required to register by completing applications that are available online or at the mall Sunday.

Pyles also is looking for “day players,” a term used by the Screen Actors Guild to identify experienced actors hired by film companies for one day.

Day players can be cast for speaking roles.

Anyone planning to audition as a day player is asked to bring a resume and professionally done photos.

Details about the comedy, such as where and when given scenes will be shot, have not been released. Amherst Mayor David Taylor said previously streets would likely be closed to traffic in the downtown area as well as in some residential neighborhoods for filming, according to what city officials were told by filmmakers.

Rauch is the principal star of “The Bronze,” described as a feature-length comedy about a medal-winning athlete.

The actress portrays squeaky-voiced blond Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the long-running CBS-TV comedy series “The Big Bang Theory.”

Rauch is co-writing the film along with her husband, Winston Rauch, said Steve Campanella.

Campanella, who heads Belltower Productions, a Cleveland-based film production company, is serving as a production supervisor for “The Bronze.”

Other principal actors for the film have not yet been announced.

The film marks the feature film directorial debut of Bryan Buckley, a veteran of more than 40 Super Bowl TV commercials who has received five Emmy nods, and was named Commercial Director of the Decade in a 2010 Adweek readers poll. Buckley also earned an Oscar nomination in 2013 for his live-action short “The Asad,” which told the story of a young Somali refugee whose fishing boat is intercepted by pirates off the African coast.

The film’s producers are hopeful of casting 80 to 85 Ohioans for selected cast and crew members, Campanella said a few weeks ago when the film was first announced.

According to information forwarded from Pyles, “The Bronze” plans to film in Amherst June 29 to July 26.

For more information, call (440) 244-1245.

About Steve Fogarty

Steve Fogarty has been with the Chronicle-Telegram since 1978. He primarily covers North Ridgeville. He can be reached at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com..