Disney Channel Auditions 2012 and new show ‘Madison High’
High School Musical has a new spin off – Welcome to Madison High.
Madison High is a new Disney Channel show that began filming its pilot last year and will begin running in 2012. Madison High is a spin off of the very popular High School Musical.
Like many other shows on the network, the format is a musical comedy aimed at pre-teens and teens. The show is set within a school. The cast is diverse in their interests. On the series characters have many different talents and passions. The cast includes an athlete, a musician, a blogger, an artist and a perfectionist into acting and drama. One of their teachers (Alyson Reed of High School Musical) was transferred from the High School Musical school and tends to name drop some of the High School Musical character names in the Madison High series. In a way the new Disney Channel show comedy picks up where High School Musical left off, With a favorite teacher from High School Musicals East High being transferred to Madison High and meeting another group of talented teens.
A press release for Disney described the new characters and their backgrounds and previous projects a little more:
15-year-old Luke Benward has the lead role of Devin Daniels, a motocross racer looking for a new hobby. The native of Nashville, Tennessee is the son of an actress and a musician, and since age 5 has appeared in commercials, music videos and movies, including the Disney Channel Original Movie “Minutemen,” “How to Eat Fried Worms,” “Doggone,” “Because of Winn-Dixie,” “Mostly Ghostly,” “Dear John” and “We Were Soldiers.”
14-year-old singer Leah Lewis has landed her first leading role as Peyton Hall, a formerly home-schooled tennis champion. Born in China and raised in Orlando, Florida, Lewis has appeared in national commercials for Kraft Cheese, Home Depot and Natures Own Bread, as well as an international commercial for Disneyland Hong Kong.
12-year-old G Hannelius is set to play Wednesday Malone, a precocious starlet in the making. The native of Boston, Massachusetts began her acting career at the age of 8 at the Children’s Theater of Maine. A familiar face on Disney Channel, she starred in the short form series “Leo Little’s Big Show” and “Den Brother,” and has appeared on “Sonny With A Chance,” “Good Luck Charlie,” “Hannah Montana” and Disney XD’s “I’m in the Band.” Her other television credits include a series regular role on ABC’s “Surviving Suburbia.”
The series is the first cross between a Disney Channel Movie and a Disney Channel series for the network. Madison High is written by the man who produced Jonas L.A, Lester Lewis and the series director, Paul Hoen also directed Camp Rock 2. The series is produced by ‘It’s a Laugh Productions’ which is one of the primary production companies involved in Disney Channel original shows.
Madison High stars Luke Benward (How to Eat Fried Worms), Genevieve Hannelius(Good Luck Charlie, Sonny with a Chance), Leah Lewis, Katherine McNamara, Mark Indelicato(Ugly Betty) and Nolan Sotillo (Corey and Lucas For The Win).
The series is in production now and will premiere on the Disney Channel in 2012. The regular cast has already been selected but extras, featured extras and special guests may all still be needed for the show.
Stay tuned for more Disney Channel Auditions 2012 and more information about any upcoming casting calls for ‘Madison High’