Calling all child actors for Gateway musicals

Gateway seeks young boy in a non-singing role in ‘The Bodyguard.’ Others needed for current season musicals.

They have their Whitney Houston character.

Now all they need to cast is the son, Fletcher.

The Gateway is looking for young acting males to audition at its Bellport headquarters on Sunday, June 2 for “The Bodyguard the Musical.” It will be performed in Bellport from July 3-20.

Kimber Sprawl will play the Whitney Houston role; she has performed on Broadway in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and on tour in “The Lion King.”

“So all we need is her son,” said Gateway casting director Michael Baker. “We’re really doing a talent search for Fletcher; the actor has to be between 9 and 12 to be featured in the show with scenes based on the movie. The child doesn’t have to sing. We’ll give him a few lines to read.”

The musical first opened on London’s West End in December 2012 and is based on the 1992 film with the vibrant score of songs Whitney Houston sang. The Gateway is offering the regional premiere.

While the leads are taken, with Sprawl playing Rachel and film and screen actor Michael Shenefelt playing the Kevin Costner role as Frank Farmer, the search for Rachel’s son has been a challenge, Baker said; they’ve been looking for a month and a half. If the actor can’t make the casting call, he can email casting@thegateway.org.

But, there are also other opportunities for children at the casting call. “We’re looking for a boy in “Kinky Boots,” same age, but Caucasian. And all of the von Trapp children for “Sound of Music,” Baker added. “Those roles are singing roles. We just need a short song.”

Again, if it’s a hardship for the casting on June 2, email casting@thegateway.org.

Callbacks for all will take place the following week.

The adults are cast first, then children, said Baker of the logical process. “It’s a way to get them next to the actors so we can cast the same caliber of experience,” he said.

“We don’t have the lead for ‘Kinky Boots’ yet, we’ll begin that search in a couple of weeks. But it’s easier to cast for all the children now. As soon as we have the adults cast, we’ll have a callback from this children’s audition. So we’re lining up a lot of kids next to these Broadway stars.”

Baker said they are casting at the same call for their children’s series, Disney’s “Aladdin Junior” (July 12-20) and Disney’s “Frozen Junior” (Aug. 9-24).

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