Independent feature film 'Marshall the Miracle Dog' schedules open casting call

There will be an open casting call this weekend, Sunday April 27, in Missouri for the independent feature film Marshall the Miracle Dog.

Day of Fun Pictures is prepping the film, based on the true story novel of the same name by Cyndi Willenbrock. Casting director Carrie Houk has scheduled an open casting call for Sunday April 27, 2014 seeking people to work on the film as both actors in speaking roles, as well as extras. She is seeking all types and ages, and no prior experience working as an actor or extra is required to attend the open call. Shooting will take place in the St. Louis area beginning in June, 2014.

Marshall the Miracle Dog is inspired by the phenomenal true story of Finn, a twelve-year-old boy who is targeted by bullies at his new school. Finn feels hopeless until he meets a kindred spirit in Marshall: a spirited dog being held by an animal hoarder in deplorable conditions. Finn rescues Marshall, but the adventure and the challenges are far from over. Marshall becomes spooked and bolts from the veterinarian’s office, with the hoarder still on the chase. Bullies continue to pursue Finn. In the end, it is Marshall who leads everyone to a place of forgiveness and friendship – it is Marshall who encourages everyone to never give up on the miracle.

Jay Kanzler will direct and executive produce Marshall the Miracle Dog from a screenplay adapted from the book by Cyndi Willenbrock, who is also producer and adviser on the film. Marshall the Miracle Dog will be released in late 2014.

Marshall the Miracle Dog Open Casting Call Details

St. Louis, MO casting director Carrie Houk is holding an open casting call seeking local people to work as actors in supporting roles, as well as extras. Aspiring performers of all types, ages, and ethnicities are welcome. There is no charge to attend the casting call. Attendees should bring an official state ID, such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, or United States passport. Chosen extras and supporting actors will need to plan to remain onset the entire day for all days booked in June (exact dates to be determined). Parking is free, and aspiring performers are asked to bring a headshot or a recent color snapshot.


Clayton High School
1 Mark Twain Circle
Clayton, MO 63105


Sunday April 27, 2014
9:00am - 11:30am

Principal Actor Casting

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

No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Carrie Houk Casting
6334 Alamo Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63105


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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. IF the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


"Project Name"
"Role of _______"

Extras Casting

St. Louis:

Carrie Houk Casting
6334 Alamo Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63105

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.

Day of Fun Pictures
2001 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63117

Executive Producer:

Jay Kanzler


Cyndi Willenbrock


Jay Kanzler


To Be Cast


Finn, a twelve-year-old boy who is being bullied at school, pulls off a daring rescue of an abused Labrador retriever named Marshall. When Finn finds Marshall, the dog is in the clutches of an animal hoarder, who has 60 dogs penned up at her desolate ranch. Finn discovers the hoarding situation – and witnesses some of the other dogs attacking Marshall – while running home from school after another frightening bullying incident. In an E.T.-like game of cat and mouse, Finn must hide Marshall from his stressed out, single mother, Cynthia, while he and his sassy 16-year-old cousin, Grace, try to get Marshall help before his wounds fester and he dies from an infection. Along the way, Marshall gets spooked and runs away from Finn. Marshall ends up getting lost and has a series of scary, funny, and heartwarming adventures – while everyone, including Cynthia and her love interest, the handsome veterinarian Doc Henry, desperately look for him before it is too late. Throughout the movie, Finn has to deal with scary encounters with the local bully and his mother, the hoarder who wants her dog back. In the end, Finn and his family are able to get Marshall to the vet hospital…but is it too late? It is the special bond between a boy and his dog that will ultimately save Marshall. Marshall has to have his front leg removed, but he is a fierce survivor and can outrun most four-legged dogs – while teaching everyone not to give up five minutes before the miracle.