Director puts out call for Whidbey actors

Wanting to bring Whidbey Island authenticity to his film, director Joseph Itaya has issued a casting call.

Itaya’s latest movie project, which he wrote, “Lost & Found,” is an independent family adventure film set to be shot mostly in Coupeville during the month of October.

Itaya, who’s from Whidbey Island and graduated from South Whidbey High School, is holding open auditions for some of the film’s minor roles Saturday, Sept. 21 at 1276 Engle Road, near Fort Casey in Coupeville.

Auditions will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with callbacks starting at 2:30 p.m. at the same location.

Script pages will be made available upon arrival.

Those interested in auditioning must bring a photo and resume.

The movie’s story is based around a rebellious and misguided teenager, Andy Walton, who is sent away for the summer to live with his uncle on a remote island called Walton Island. His younger brother comes along, both uncover a long-buried family secret and the adventure ensues.

Local acting talent is being sought for the following roles:

GUS RIDGEWICK: Intimidating henchman in his 40s-50s with a decided limp. Character is growing tired of working without receiving the money he’s owed. Three speeches, seven lines and three scenes.

TED FLEMUS: Henchman in 50s with a mean streak. One speech, three lines and three scenes.

ESTHER JOHNSON: Owner of the island ice cream shop who’s clearly unhappy about what’s happening on the island.

RJ JOHNSON: Grouchy and grumpy 75-year-old islander. One speech, one line and one scene.

RYAN: A 16-year-old who is nemesis of main teenage character and is a member of swim team. Popular but a mean jerk. Two lines and two scenes.

LEO & KAYLA: Popular, shallow, mean-spirited friends of Ryan. Ages 15 and 16. One line and one scene each.

MAN No. 1: Local island man who is a poker-playing buddy of one of main characters. One line and one scene.

WORKER No. 1: Worker makes apology for having to take down the “Welcome to Walton Island!” sign. Two lines and two scenes.

RYAN’S MOM: Seen at the swim meet, she encourages her son. One line and one scene.


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