GOOD MORNING DELMARVA - Tom Moses, founder and director of Salt and Pepper Actors Workshop, Inc., holds an open casting call on Saturday, February 23, in Salisbury at 739 East Main Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Currently seeking cast members for "Before the Dream II: The Dream Continues," Moses is casting for a host of actors of all ethnicities from the ages of 6 to 80. Of special interest are singers, an African-American couple who can dance the jitterbug or swing of the 1940s, and tech crew members. Singers may bring their own track or sing acapella. Tech crew positions include the following: several stage hands, a set designer, a wardrobe person, a prop person, five make-up artists, an experienced stage manager, and a lighting and sound person.
"Before the Dream II" takes on the penetrating and profound passion of its predecessor and namesake, Before the Dream. Written and produced by Moses, an accomplished actor and acting coach from Hollywood, CA, and a native of Salisbury, the original stage play received raves on the Shore 2003-2004, when Moses wrote it to raise funds for the Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center.
The production, which is scheduled for Mother's Day weekend, promises to engulf its viewers into the magic of theatrical perfection, with memorable performances from Moses, himself; Clarence Bell, the owner of Bell Security Systems and former chief of police of Crisfield and at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and Constance Sturgis of Berlin, the retired Eastern Shore educator who will return as Harriet Tubman.
Among the expected special guest stars is Kathleen Bradley-Redd, first African-American game show model on "The Price is Right" who is best known for her role as Mrs. Parker in the movie "Friday" with Chris Tucker and Ice Cube. Also expected is Dormeshia, touted as the best tap dancer in the world, who starred on Broadway with Savion Glover in "Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk."
Moses, who has guest starred and co-starred in many television shows and movies, played the chief of detectives on the hit show "Columbo." As an acting coach, he has started the careers of such famed actors as Charlene Tilton, former "Dallas" star; Tommy Ford of "Martin"; and Lark Voorhies, former "Saved by the Bell" star, to name a few.
His Salt & Pepper Actors Workshop is a non-profit organization that has been funded by the National Endowment of the Arts. It has been in existence since 1971 and is based in Los Angeles, CA. In Salisbury since November 2003, Moses works to draw upon his own knowledge, experience, and love for the community to bring Hollywood to the Shore. Under his tutelage, ten-year-old Michael Duncan of Salisbury recently earned a role with Hollywood producer David Raynr as a result of a screen test orchestrated by Moses at Salisbury University's video sound stage. Moses has scouted local talent for several Hollywood projects.
For more information about the casting call and about the upcoming stage play, "Before the Dream: The Dream Continues," call Moses at 443-235-4102. Interested actors who are not able to attend may call for an appointment.