Musical to be filmed in Roxboro; hundreds of extras sought

Posted April 16, 2012 5:30 p.m. EDT
Updated April 16, 2012 6:47 p.m. EDT

— 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. 

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.