coming through the rye – feature film – casting complete


We are casting principal roles for the feature film Coming Through the Rye!

Feature Film
SAG-AFTRA low budget agreement
Draft: 9/23/2014

Writer/Director: James Sadwith
Producers: Stan Erdreich, Ted Grennan, James Sadwith
Casting Director: Erica Arvold
Casting Assistant: Courtney Maino
Start Date: October 25, 2014
Location: Charlottesville, VA and vicinity
Audition Dates: Wednesday, October 1st – Friday, October 17th

This movie takes place in 1969.


[MR. TIERNEY] – 43-70. Caucasian Male. A big outdoorsman and the English teacher at Crampton who is willing to let his students take a different approach on assignments. NAME ACTORS PLEASE (3 scenes)
[MR. DEWITT] – 45-75. Caucasian Male. The headmaster at Crampton, can be preppy but just as likely could be the CEO of a bank or Insurance Company, who is intrigued by Jamie’s adventure to find J.D. Salinger. NAME ACTORS PLEASE (4 scenes)
[ALAN] – 40s-60s. Caucasian Male. The fast paced, middle-aged literary agent to J.D. Salinger. NAME ACTORS PLEASE (1 scene CAMEO)
[TED TYLER] – Late teens. Caucasian Male. A student at Crampton. Tall, blonde, all-American jock and scholar, leading-man actor who plays Romeo amongst the troupe at the boarding school. LEAD (8+ scenes)
[GERRY SCHWARTZ] – Late teens. Caucasian Male. Older brother to Jamie. He’s a Jewish boy who gets into more trouble than he can handle. LEAD (4 scenes)
[MAUREEN] – Late teens. Caucasian Female. Gorgeous local girl participating in an acting troupe at the all-boys boarding school. She’s a blonde with green, almond-shaped eyes and a heaving bosom who plays a perfect Juliet. SUPPORTING ENSEMBLE (4 scenes)
[MOM] – “Elizabeth Schwartz” – 41-51. Caucasian Female. A middle-aged, work worn single mother of two boys. Feels Jewish — not necessarily the stereo-type. She loves her sons and carries a sadness about her. (Her deceased husband whom she never discusses with her sons.) Not long-suffering, but has experienced some grief. (4 scenes)
[HANK MARCUS] – Late teens. Caucasian Male. A student at Crampton. He’s tall, extremely blonde, very handsome, with an easy smile. SUPPORTING ENSEMBLE (4 scenes)
[FREDDY GORESHI] – Late teens. Indian Male. Tall, thin Indian kid, Jamie’s roommate and the closest thing Jamie has to a friend at Crampton. SUPPORTING ENSEMBLE (3 scenes)
[MR. ZEFFERELLI] – 30-60. Caucasian Male. The generally good natured drama coach at Crampton Boarding School. (3 scenes)
[MIKE PLATT] – Late teens. Caucasian Male. A fireplug of a kid at Crampton with pimples and jet black hair. SUPPORTING ENSEMBLE (4 scenes)
[BILLY CAMPBELL] – Late teens. Caucasian Male. Red-headed football player at Crampton Boarding School. (3 scenes)
[DOT] – 34-51. Caucasian Female. Deedee’s hippie-esque mother, who is a server / co-owner at Dot and Dan’s diner who has freckles and strawberry blonde hair. Quirky. Cook and waitress in the diner she owns with husband Dan. (2 scenes)
[MR.GOEBERS] – 70 yrs. Caucasian Male. The stern, genuinely German, German teacher at Crampton. (1 scene)
[DAN] – 34-51. Caucasian Male. Deedee’s hippie-esque father, who cooks at their diner and has long hair. Not necessarily working class. Not Mel. More on the hippie side. More of a live and let live kind of guy. Loves his daughter dearly. Finds it difficult to say no to her. (2 scenes)
[MR. LEVERETT] – Mid 30s-50s. Caucasian Male. The corridor-master at Crampton who has thinning, red hair and an impish face. (1 scene)
[HARVEY] – 60s. Caucasian Male. Looks like a pastor and helps his brother run a motel / bar. (1 scene)
[TRUCKER GUY] – 50-60s. Caucasian Male. One half of a brother duo that runs a motel / bar. (1 scene)
[ROBIN] – 40s. Caucasian Female. Middle-aged, well-worn woman in Windsor Arms Bar (1 scene)
[BUTCHER TYPE GUY/CHARLIE] – 40s-60s. Caucasian Male. The postmaster / butcher of Cornish Flat. (1 scene)
[WOMAN/HELEN] – 30-50s. Caucasian Female. A kind-looking woman with four children. (1 scene)
[YOUNG MAN] – Early 20s. Caucasian Male. A young man with two missing teeth who warns Jamie that he won’t find J.D. Salinger. (1 scene)
[SKINNY GUY] – 30-50s. Caucasian Male. A startling looking man whose face is so thin you can see the skull underneath, but has a gentle and refined voice that betrays his true demeanor. (1 scene)
[FOOTBALL PLAYER #1] – Late teens. Caucasian Male. A football player who helps to bully Jamie. (1 scene)
[BARTENDER] – 30-50s. Caucasian Male. Bartender at Windsor Arms Bar who is lenient with the rules. (1 scene)
[TOOTHLESS MAN] – 60s. Caucasian Male. An elderly man working on a truck who tries to help with directions, but doesn’t know the area well. (1 scene)
[BACKWOODS DRIVER] – Late teens-early 20’s. Caucasian Male. An unhelpful local with long, unwashed hair and dark eyes. (1 scene)
[KID] – Teenager. Caucasian Male. Long, unwashed hair and dark eyes. (1 scene)
[DUST BOWL WOMAN] – 30-40s. Caucasian Female. Thin and haggard mother who could be straight out of a Dorothea Lange photograph from the Dust Bowl. (1 scene)
[BOY] – 6-10 yrs. Caucasian Male. Son of DUST BOWL WOMAN who sings and chants. (1 scene)
[GIRL] – 6-10 yrs. Caucasian Female. Daughter of DUST BOWL WOMAN who sings and chants. (1 scene)

STORY LINE: Prep school student JAMIE SCHWARTZ identifies completely with Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s beloved Catcher in the Rye, mostly because he struggles with the same kinds of prep school b.s. that Holden faces in the novel. After a few well-meaning but admittedly stupid moves, Jamie finds himself ostracized by most of the guys at school, and decides that, having written a theatrical version of Catcher in the Rye, he’s going to find the elusive, hermit-like Salinger himself and get his blessing–or whatever–to do the play. What happens on the way to Salinger is a road trip and a personal journey that marks the beginning of Jamie’s own coming of age.

If you are appropriate for this project, please select ONE of two ways to submit:

Option 1: If you have an agent, your agent may submit you for this project through Breakdown Express and include your home base in the notes section.

Option 2: If you do not have an agent, follow the instructions below to fill out our online form.
Please send your headshot and resume in PDF format to [email protected] (also copy the resume into the body of the email if possible, please do not worry about formatting) ASAP.

Use the following SUBJECT HEADING for your submission (personalized to YOU):
YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME, ROLE, Coming Through the Rye
For example:
JOHN SMITH, GERRY SCHWARTZ, Coming Through the Rye

Please fill in the form at the following link: Arvold Casting COMING THROUGH THE RYE Submission Form If you are able to email your headshot & resume and fill out this form successfully, your submission is considered complete!

If you are NOT able to fill out this form, please include the following information at the top of your email submission IN THIS ORDER:

Age or Age Range:
Union Status (SAG-AFTRA, Non-Union, SAG-eligible, etc):
City, State:
Cell Phone:
Agent (if using for this project) and agent contact info (email and phone):
If under 18 only, list birthdate:
If under 18 only, list Guardian name:

Do you have your own Agency Pro for CDs account with us which is current and updated (answer YES or NO or explain):

Confirm FULL AVAIL here, or answer LIMITED AVAIL and provide detailed availability info below (answer FULL AVAIL or LIMITED AVAIL here):

If LIMITED AVAIL only, provide availability to attend auditions in Charlottesville, VA between Wednesday, Oct. 1 – Friday, Oct. 17:

If LIMITED AVAIL only, what is your availability to attend callbacks, if needed, in mid-October (list dates/timeframe avail):

If LIMITED AVAIL only, what is your availability for the shoot dates starting on Saturday, October 25th? (list dates/timeframe avail):

Use the following SUBJECT HEADING for your submission (personalized to YOU):
YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME, ROLE, Coming Through the Rye
For example:
JOHN SMITH, GERRY SCHWARTZ, Coming Through the Rye

Thanks so much for following our instructions! We will be having auditions by appointment ONLY. Submitting does not automatically get you an audition, but it does get you considered for one. We are only able to respond to those submissions we select for auditions, but we sincerely appreciate your interest!


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