Musical to be filmed in Roxboro; hundreds of extras sought

Posted April 16, 2012

— Roxboro's mayor announced Monday that an independent film crew will be shooting a musical in the heart of the city this summer. With a population of about 8,000, some people in the Person County community are already looking to land a role.

“It’s exciting, yes!” said Roxboro Mayor Merilyn Newell. “We’re going to be on the red carpet.”

Too Far from the Tree, a film company based in Dunn, will shoot the musical of the same name. The G-rated movie is set in the 1960s and 1980s and tells the story of a father and daughter in the music business. 

Harry was the lead guitarist of a 1960s rock band. Due to a series of unforeseeable events, he is left to raise his young daughter alone. His daughter, Roxie, once grown, forms her own band in the 1980s. She and her father become estranged over the music world, and Harry believes she may have fallen “too far from the tree," according to producers. 

Musical to be filmed in Roxboro; hundreds of extras sought Musical to be filmed in Roxboro; hundreds of extras sought

The musical will be primarily set at the Kirby Theater, which was once a thriving movie house in town. Producers are looking for hundreds of extras, and they plan to use students from Piedmont Community College on the production of the film. Producers said they’ll post information in town about casting calls in about a month.

"Our film provides opportunities for locals to become part of the film cast and crew. Everybody from make-up to business promotion can have an opportunity to be part of this production," said executive producer Larry "Doc" Carmichael.

The film will be shot in August and November and is expected to be finished next April. It will premiere at the Kirby Theater.


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  • burtward2 Apr 19, 2012

    @ rcrdngcountry:
    The entire movie was never set up for Dunn. Portions of the movie were and still are set for Dunn. The location change between shoots is no different than what was done with "Arthur Newman, Golf Pro", where scenes were shot in Durham, Alamance County and down in Robeson County.

    The bottom line is that it will be a super movie with a great mesage that both communities will be proud to be associated with in whatever aspect they are involved.

  • andreamalpass Apr 17, 2012

    The Malpass Brothers would be great in this, especially since they have family ties to Roxboro.

  • Gnathostomata Apr 17, 2012

    (In a 1940's Mickey Rooney voice) "I know! Let's save the town. We'll clean out the barn and have a musical! Everyone will come and see it and we'll raise money and pay the mortgage! Come on, gang! Everyone get busy!"

  • rcrdngcountry Apr 17, 2012

    something wrong here. this was the same news that was supposed
    to happen in dunn. now why has this all changed to roxboro. on
    such a short notice, it seems it would be hard to change locations, so far apart. according to the dunn paper, everything
    was already set up for the dunn location.

  • sjholding46 Apr 17, 2012

    Great idea! The town hasn't changed in over 40 years so I'm sure creators won't have issues building an easy set to film the musical. I hope those selected include a variety of people. You'll be surprised at the talent we have to offer here!

  • westernwake1 Apr 16, 2012

    Awesome news for Roxboro!