Casting Notice – LA Area Chamber Of Commerce 125th Anniversary – Actors Needed (There Is Pay)!!

We have another interesting project which we’re casting for which falls a little outside of the bounds of our normal commercial & TV/Film casting.  We are looking for actors, history buffs, look-a-likes, or anyone really who might get a kick out of doing one of these vignettes – playing one of these great historical figures.

If you or someone you know is interested and available, please contact Michael Sonntag at or (323) 988-1175.  (The breakdown is also posted on Actors Access & LA Casting – so if you’ve already submitted there, no need to email or phone.)

The breakdown is as follows:

Breakdown – Live Project

Usage: Live Presentation at Dinner Gala
Conflicts: None
Historical figure vignettes to be presented at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce 125th Anniversary Inaugural Dinner (2013).

Casting Company:   Studio C Artists
Interview Date(s):   1/17-1/23
Callback Date(s):   1/24-1/25
Shoot/Start Date:   2/7
Location:   Los Angeles
Pay Rate:   $250 flat (for rehearsal/performance) including 10% agency fee – see below

Additional Personnel and Production Info:
Client: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Producer: Mandy Denaux
Director: John Coppola
Casting Director: Michael Sonntag

Submission Instruction


Rate is broken down as follows: $100 for 1-hour rehearsal, to be scheduled during business hours on 2/4-2/6; $150 for performance – call time early afternoon TBD (will do a final run-through and hair & makeup) and performances will be complete by around 9pm.  Dinner will be served to cast prior to performance.

Character Descriptions and Project Details:

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating their 125th Anniversary this year, and in honor of this event, they are hiring actors to portray legendary historical figures at their Inaugural Dinner on Thursday, 2/7 at the JW Marriott in downtown L.A.  Each of these characters are actual people who were key to the history of the Chamber and Los Angeles.  Each vignette will run roughly 1 minute, and will be performed in groups of three during the course of the dinner.  Scripts must be memorized, and minimal improv experience is necessary.  We are not casting look-a-likes per se, but are looking for actors who capture the essence and flavor of each historical figure.  Costumes and wigs/beards will supplement the look.

Please go to for photos of the characters as well as to download each script.

[MARY PICKFORD]  Female. Caucasian. Age 25-35. Blonde/strawberry-blonde. Famed motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (b. 1892 – d. 1979)

[WALT DISNEY]  Male. Caucasian. Age 35-50. Brunette. Mustache. American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon and philanthropist, well known for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. Co- founder of Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best- known motion picture producers in the world. (b. 1901 – d. 1966)

[WILLIAM MULHOLLAND]  Male. Caucasian. Age 45-60. Gray/White hair. Mustache. Supervised the Los Angeles Aqueduct and was the head of a predecessor department to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He was responsible for building the city water infrastructure and providing a water supply that allowed the city to grow into one of the largest in the world. (b. 1855 – d. 1935)

[SEIICHI KITO]  Male. Japanese. Age 25-35. Black hair. Founder of Fugetsu-do bakery, the oldest food purveyor in Los Angeles. Seiichi moved to LA from Japan and opened his bakery in 1903 in Little Tokyo. Specialized in the art of mocha and manju making, but also the supposed inventor of the fortune cookie.

[RUTH HANDLER]  Female. Caucasian. Age 45-55. Blonde. Co-founder of Mattel and inventor of Barbie. (b. 1916 – d. 2002)

[HOWARD HUGHES]  Male. Caucasian. Age 25-35. Brunette. Oil business, movies, aviation and eccentric as one could be. (b. 1905 – d. 1976)

[HARRIET WILLIAMS RUSSELL STRONG]  Female. Caucasian. Age 50-65. Gray/White hair. American social activist, inventor, Conservationist, and leading figure of the early woman’s movement. A member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Harriet was a walnut farmer and was first female member of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce. (b. 1844 – d. 1926)

[JACKIE ROBINSON]  Male. African-American. Age 30-40. Short hair. An American baseball player who became the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line. (b. 1919 – d. 1971)

[FUTURE OF L.A. BOY]  Male. Latino. Age 8-12. Brunette. This child will represent the future of Los Angeles. He will tell us who he is and what he’ll do in his lifetime.

[FUTURE OF L.A. GIRL]  Female. African-American, Asian, or Indian. Age 9-11. This child will represent the future of Los Angeles. She will tell us who she is and what she’ll do in her lifetime.

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