Tag Archives: acting

Marlee Maslove Plays Ruby’s Sister Hailey

21 Oct

Marlee umbrella laughingMarlee Maslove is no stranger to web series — or to playing Hailey.  Over the last two years, she’s shot ten episodes of Hailey Hacks, a web series that shows you cool things to do with your computer.

Marlee has spent a lot of time on stage. For the last four years, she has been a member of the Randolph Young Company.   Not only was she in musical theatre five productions with RYC, each show ran for more than a dozen performances, Hailey at mailboxwhich adds up to a lot of stage time.

She’s also been a featured extra in two TV series: Blue Murder and Metropia.

Marlee is 13 years old and is in grade 8 at an alternative school in downtown Toronto.

Kevin Gutierrez Plays Ruby’s BFF

21 Oct

Kevin Gutierrez plays Griffin Lane, Ruby Skye’s best friend.  Kevin didn’t have a great deal of acting experience when he joined the project.  He had done some modelling and had been on stage in some school and camp productions.

Kevin is a tremendous athlete.  He plays rep soccer and select hockey.  He also plays basketball, snowboards, skis, bikes and  rides horses.  He’s also a mystifying magician!

He’ll be 15 years old in just a few days and goes to high school in York Region.

Elena Gorgevska Plays the Mean Girl

19 Oct

Elena GorgevskaElena Gorgevska has quite a bit of experience in front of the camera.

She’s been in short films, a TV movie and a feature. She’s been on sets much more than most of the other kids in Ruby Skye P.I. But she’s never played the part of a mean girl before!

Nasty Diana NoughtonElena plays Diana Noughton, who is very very mean to Ruby for highly mysterious reasons. In real life, Elena is sweet and nice. But on screen, she’s very nasty as Diana… which shows you what a good actress she is.

Becoming Ruby

18 Oct

Madison Cheeatow as Ruby SkyeHow did Madison Cheeatow get the part as Ruby Skye?

She auditioned for the part along with about 25 other girls.

Far more 14 to 20 year old girls sent in resumes and in head shots when they heard we were casting. Some – including Madison and Elena Gorgevska who plays Diana –  were submitted by their agents.  Others saw our casting call at their local drama club, on Craig’s list or one of the casting sites like Mandy or Casting Workbook.

There were a lot of emails and lots of photos to look at and resumes to read.  When we were picking who to audition, we chose girls with some experience.  It didn’t have to be professional.  Training is good too – kids who’d taking acting classes or improv or who had been in school plays.Griffin and Ruby walking

Madison had done been in plays at school and at a community theatre.  She’s also done some modeling.

Her audition was terrific.  We could tell that she really understood Ruby.  She seemed very natural.

We watched the audition videos over a few times and knew she was Ruby Skye.  We called her agent and offered Madison the part.

Madison in a crowdEvery day when we look at her performance as we edit the chapters of The Spam Scam we know we made the right choice.

You’re going to like her too when you see her in Chapter 1: Animal Farm on Monday October 25.

Meet Ruby Skye

13 Oct

It’s Teaser 2: Meet Ruby Skye.

Twisted Lips

11 Oct

On set, whenever one of our young actors flubbed a line, our director Kelly Harms made them recite a few of the tongue twisters from his collection to loosen up their tongues. He thinks tongue twisters are a good way to get rid of marble mouth. So next time you’re about to audition, give a presentation or sing in front of a crowd, try a couple of these out to loosen up your lips.

A proper copper coffee pot.

She sells seashells by the seashore.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

A box of biscuits. A box of mixed biscuits and A biscuit mixer.

Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran.

Now say them each five times fast.

A Date and Some Advice

8 Oct

Ruby Skye with LOGOOctober 2010 is a very special month.  Like all Octobers, it has two lovely events that are all about eating:  Canadian Thanksgiving which happens to be this very weekend and Halloween to end the month.  So October is always good.

But this year, October has a few extra noteworthy features.  This Sunday will be 10-10-10 – the tenth day of the tenth month of the tenth year of the 2000s.  That’s pretty cool.

Sunday the tenth is the second of October’s five Sundays.  It also has five Fridays and five Saturdays.  Who doesn’t love a month with five full weekends?  Especially when this one is a three day weekend (at least for Canadians).

Which is why October 2010 is the perfect month to launch Ruby Skye P.I.

But when?  When in October?

Glad you asked because now it can be told: Ruby Skye P.I. launches on October 25, 2010.

The twenty-fifth!?  Do you know how far away that it is?

Seventeen days.

I know.  It’s a long time to wait.  But the time is going to fly by, I promise.  And we have tons of things in store for you over the month to keep you entertained and happy.

The first is a new video made by our good friend Jennifer Liao of Believerville Productions.  It’s full of advice for young and aspiring actors from the three of the actors in Ruby Skye P.I.: Ali Adatia, Kirklynne Garrett and Ryan Egan.

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