Run the Burbs is a new original comedy about a young, bold Canadian family taking a different approach to living life to the fullest in the suburbs. They’re the modern-day Griswolds, getting into wild adventures… Except they’re young, progressive, modern, supportive parents in the 2020s. The Pham’s take on every single day the way Clark tackles Christmas. They go all out.
KHIA PHAM: Female. 13 years old. Is tough, blunt, and very cool. LEAD
LEO PHAM: Male. 7 years old. He’s a sensitive soul with the emotional intelligence of someone much older. LEAD
***Open to UNION and NON-UNION talent***
***THIS CASTING CALL IS OPEN TO TALENT THROUGHOUT CANADA***
***TALENT MUST RESIDE IN CANADA***
Production Company: Pier 21 Films
Network(s): CBC & other networks TBD
Tentative Outside Date(s): August 30 -November 12
Rate: ACTRA IPA
Filming Location: GTA, Hamilton, Locations in Ontario
FULL Character Descriptions & Audition Information:
KHIA PHAM: (13, Female) is tough, blunt, and very cool. On the surface she is intimidating, but behind the exterior of vintage t-shirts is a loving kid who is dealing with all the things involved with being thirteen. She’s always been incredibly close with her parents and looks out for her little brother, Leo. Now that she’s a teenager, she’s starting to develop a bit of a “too cool for school” attitude, but deep down she loves her family and knows how lucky she is. She just might not say it out loud as much as she used to. Khia is very connected to social media, photography, and all things creative. She represents a generation of youth that are connected to the world and aware of social issues. She’s the type of person who can pick up a new hobby or interest and learn everything about it within a week. She’s incredibly smart and is always asking questions about what’s happening in the world. Khia is a young person who is learning about who she is as an individual. She’s developing feelings for the first time and those feelings happen to be for another girl down the block. Things are changing in her world, but she loves her cheesy family because they always support her, even if it’s embarrassing from time to time. LEAD
LEO PHAM: (7, Male) he’s a sensitive soul with the emotional intelligence of someone much older. He loves talking about his feelings and he’s very in tune with those around him. Most kids are known to have a temper tantrum from time to time… or all the time, but Leo goes with the flow. He can read a room and the situation better than most adults. He’ll walk in, tell it like it is (in the most endearing and innocent way possible), and then go back to his action figures without batting an eye. Andrew, Camille, and Khia often refer to him as their own “Baby Yoda.” A Baby Yoda who just happens to be scared of monsters under the bed and the things that go bump in the night. He is still seven after all. His interests include superheroes, drawing, and surprisingly the practice of mixed martial arts… but he just likes learning the moves and the spiritual lessons, not the actual sparring. He’s a good kid. LEAD
NOTE: If you have an agent, please allow them to submit you!
DEADLINE FOR AUDITION SUBMISSIONS: Friday, April 23, 2021, @ 4:00 PM EST
NOTE: We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting for every role. Please submit qualified performers without regard to disability, race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnic origin, or any other basis prohibited by law unless otherwise specifically indicated.
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