Candy Beard and her growing cohort of actors bowled for the cameras Sunday afternoon.
Beard’s production company, Dreams Come True Films, continues to wrap up production on two independent movies while preparing a new venture in television. The group’s proposed series, “Old Folks Like Us,” should have a completed pilot episode to pitch to network executives by January, she said.
Inside Paradise Bowl and Pizza Sunday, actors threw balls down the wooden lanes as Beard explained her newest work. The proposed series, she said, is about four couples of senior citizens who happen to be best friends. Written to be set in Chicago, filming was under way at various spots in Clinton with a number of actors from the Indianapolis area. Four days of filming will generate enough action for one 30-minute pilot episode.
“But I have plenty of ideas, so if they say they’re interested I’ll be able to get them done,” she said.
Several of the pilot’s actors have worked with Beard on prior projects, including her most recent film, “This Promise I Made,” which featured fellow Clinton-native Ken Kercheval. Among those returning actors is David Ross, a 64-year-old retired library director from Morgan County.
Ross said he plays the role of “Harold Young,” who plays the role of a 70-something grandfather raising his granddaughter with the help of his wife.
“Harold’s a little frisky,” Ross chuckled in between frames. In addition to raising their granddaughter, the couple is experiencing a rejuvenated love life. “They’re having a sort of Indian Summer of romance,” he said.
Bernard Wurger, a retired professor of theater from Butler University, wore the Hawaiian shirt and Sox baseball cap of a retiree named “Louie” who likes to bowl. A professional stage actor of 46 years, he said television work is new to him.
“79 years and 8 months,” he said of his age, explaining the show will run with an ensemble cast. “It’s like ‘Friends’ only in their 80s.”
John Carver, 66, plays the role of “Thomas,” and the retired factory plant manager said he got his start acting back in the 1960s while a college student. Thinking a theater class would be an easy grade, he signed up and was soon doing community theater, a hobby he’s maintained as an adult.
When Beard presented him the script, he recalled noticing a scene where “Thomas” emits noisy gas while in bed with his wife.
“And I said, that’s the part I want!” he said, explaining he too has a mischievous nature.
Duke Low, 74, plays the widower of the bunch, “Donald Smith,” the town’s retired mayor who has recently met a younger woman. Low, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army, said he began acting in community theater while living in Vincennes, where he won a lead role in the first play for which he auditioned.
“And after that I was hooked,” he said.
Beard said her production company remains a family affair, with her husband working alongside her, and her son, Daniel, directing this pilot as well as serving as director of photography.
Screenings of her movie, “In A Cage,” should be hosted around Thanksgiving, she said, noting fans can keep up with her on the Facebook pages of each production.
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