Universal Studios direct-to-DVD film 'Beethoven Saves Christmas' casting 1,000 extras

Kim Rhodes Beethoven Saves Christmas

The beautiful and talented Kim Rhodes is starring opposite Beethoven
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Original Pictures are teamed up filming the 7th movie in the family comedy Beethoven film series. The casting directors are seeking upwards of 1,000 people of all ages including children to appear the film as background performers.

John Putch is directing his second film for Universal Home Entertainment. He previously directed Universal's direct-to-DVD move "America Pie: Book of Love". Putch began his career as an actor in 1973, and began directing films and television series in 1985. His TV directing credits include "Scrubs ," "Ugly Betty," "10 Things I Hate About You," "Zeke and Luther," "Cougar Town," "Friends with Benefits" among many others. Some of his film directing credits include " Waiting to Act," "Intrepid," "Pursuit of Happiness," "Mojave Phone Booth," "Route 30," and "Route 30, Too!".

Two Disney Channel stars are playing lead roles in "Beethoven Saves Christmas". Kim Rhodes was a series regular on "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody", and Kyle Massey was the star of "Cory in the House". Canadian actor Munro Chambers, who plays Eli Goldsworthy on the television series "Degrassi: The Next Generation" is co-starring. And Primetime Emmy nominated actor Robert Picardo plays a lead role.

Here is what the extras casting director is seeking:

• All ages, male and female, any ethnicity.

• Families, moms, dads, kids, grandmas, grandpas.

• Ice skaters.

• People to play attendees and participants in a Santa Claus parade.

• People to play Christmas shoppers.

• Must be willing to work mostly exterior winter scenes.

• Must be willing to work on a set where dog(s) are in most scenes.

• Must commit to 1-2 complete days of filming.

• Must be located within a reasonable driving distance to Winnipeg.

• Must be legally able to work in Canada.

There will possibly be upwards of 1,000 extras hired for these scenes. Filming will take place on Monday through Fridays only. A typical day of shooting is between 10-12 hours. Pay rate is $11.00 per hour when hired.

If you fit the criteria above and are interested in being considered to work on the film, here are the steps to take:

• Download the extras application form HERE.

• Fill out the form and attach a color recent color photo.

• Photo does NOT have to be professional, can be a snapshot.

• Include all contact information, including your location.

• Specify if you can ice skate and own skates.

Send all of the above to the following ASAP:

Kari Rieger
Kari Casting
Beethoven Saves Christmas Extras
PO Box 68043
RPO Osborne Village
Winnipeg, MB R3L 2V9

Filming is taking place 15 miles north of Winnipeg in the small town of Stonewall, Manitoba. Shooting will continue through March 18, 2011.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Jeff Gerrard
Beethoven Saves Christmas
4704 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Suite 202
Studio City, CA 91607


Jim Heber
Beethoven Saves Christmas Casting
PO Box 1907
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R2

Extras Casting


Kari Rieger
Beethoven Saves Christmas Extras
PO Box 68043
RPO Osborne Village
Winnipeg, MB R3L 2V9

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Beethoven Saves Christmas
Winnipeg Production Office
889 Erin
Winnipeg MB R3G 2W6

Universal Studios Home Entertainment
10 Universal City Plaza
33rd Floor
Universal City, CA 91608

Original Pictures
191 Lombard Ave
Suite 602
Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X1


Jeff Freilich


John Putch


Kim Rhodes
Robert Picardo
Kyle Massey
Munro Chambers


The big lovable Saint Bernard Beethoven is back again for another warm family fun romp. This time he saves Christmas. Beethoven is shipped off to participate in a set in a non-descript quaint American small-town Christmas parade. A youngster named Mason is assigned the responsibility of keeping an eye on Beethoven. Together, they get into to all kinds of doggone mischief.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a Division of NBC Universal.